Free Stuff Friday!

custom Free Stuff Friday!

On of the coolest things about knowing how to sew is being able to reinvent clothing with a new hemline, a touch of color, or some cool embellishments. Today in our Free Stuff Friday giveaway, you can win Custom Couture: 32 Ways to Transform Your Wardrobe with Needle and Thread from Sixth and Spring Books. To enter, answer the following question in the comment section:

What is your favorite way to recycle or revamp your clothing?

Leave your comment by 12 PM (ET) on Monday, when we’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters. Good luck and happy Friday!

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77 Responses to Free Stuff Friday!

  1. Ann says:

    Remake an OLD bridesmaid dress into a cute dress for homecoming.

  2. Sandy L says:

    I remove a dress top that fits well, match it with contrasting fabric and make a new skirt or long skirt for formal wear. Really stretches the budget when you don’t want to wear formal clothing more than once. No one is aware that it was last years makeover.

  3. Laura says:

    Change the fit: I turned tight pants into loose shorts, gave a camp shirt above the waist darts and removed the collar.

  4. Regina Meeks says:

    I deconstruct clothes and use the fabric to create costumes for whatever muscial or play I am currently helping with. I restyle skirts by taking them apart and changing the shape. Left over fabric ends up in aprons or as trim.

  5. Tamara Kemp says:

    I always love recycling my clothing by using it as lining or accent pieces to my new creations.

  6. Linda T says:

    I don’t redo old clothes. I threw out most of my closet several years ago and have been slowly working on building it up again. I can always use ideas for making what I do have, better.

  7. Patty says:

    I want this!

  8. MelodyJ says:

    Add a belt and different jewelry. Also add a shrug or sweater vest.

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  9. Not just my old clothes, I love to play with other people’s old clothes too! I wash old wool sweaters and restyle them with zippers or trim, change the shape, etc. I use smaller felt pieces for things like coasters, pillows, and coffee cozies.

  10. Andrea says:

    For me it depends on the garment itself. I’ve turned old jeans into tote bags, purses. I’ve used garments made of cotton and torn then into strips to make rag rugs or other rag braided home accessories. I remember I had a denim jacket that I just loved, and when it started to get too worn to wear I added fabric embellishments to the cuffs, collar, and placket to give it new life.

  11. Tammy says:

    For me, I like to convert pants that are a bit too short to capris by cutting off 6-8 inches and hemming them so they hit around mid calf.

  12. Cindy Bennett says:

    I need more tricks do do this! I’ve embroidered old jeans, turned jeans into denim skirts, and added darts to make boxy garments more “gathered”… but I’m sure there’s more that I could do.

  13. Jen K says:

    I like to look for vintage fabrics at yard sales, either in clothing or linens. Old sheets work perfectly for test runs on projects. Sometimes…they’re even cute enough to keep as a finished product;)

  14. samm seals says:

    I remove sleeve cuffs and do decorative trims around the three quarter length sleeve.
    I do decorative stitching around plain collars and placquets (sp?) to match a skirt or pant. I also remove the ribbing around sweatshirt necks and sleeves and do many different things to make them more interesting. thanks, those are great prizes you come up with…

  15. Mandy says:

    Trouble is I haven’t done much revamping of my clothes since we used to cut off the collars of our t-shirts in the 80′s to get the Madonna look ;) . I need help/ideas to revive my tired old wardrobe!

  16. Patricia says:

    I have often re-made clothes that don’t fit anymore, into little dresses for my grand-daughter!

  17. Rita Magee says:

    I always have classic styles so I don’t have to revamp them much for trends. I may add embellishments, cut off a sleeve or re-hem pants and I’m done.

  18. Sue W says:

    I buy or make clothing in classic lines in neutral tones only. then I update their look with bold jewellry, colorful scarves, embellished mini jackets, handmade catchy bags/totes, and hand knitted/crocheted tops/vests or shrugs. just looking for ideas and then completing these projects keeps me busy.

  19. Renee says:

    I like to tye-dye tee shirts or maxi dresses to revamp them! I also like to add appliques and embellish with jewel tone beads around the neck band of blouses.

  20. Monica says:

    I love to turn old clothes into keepsakes. I use my children’s old clothes to make christmas stockings, and for my friends’ children I lie to ask them to give me some old favorite clothes to make a doll out of, i am now exploring making quilts from family clothes (I have never made a quilt and i think this is a great way to start, while not making a huge investment in fabric). I also like to go to the goodwill and buy old clothes to turn into clothes for small dogs.

  21. Ginger says:

    If I get a stain on a favorite tee shirt I will cover it up with lace, embroidery, buttons, fabric paint, whatever is handy at the time. Tee shirt saved for another day!

  22. Harriet says:

    I sometimes cut off sleeves, change buttons or add appliques. My favorite thing to do though is to cut up something I no longer wear and turn it into a wall hanging by piecing it with other fabrics, quilting it and adding decorative embelishments.

  23. Kristin says:

    I love revamping old clothes! With a messy toddler, it’s tough to keep her clothes clean. I let her wear them, stain them…then take her old clothes that no longer fit and cut out shapes or things to embroider on her newly stained clothes. I love getting more wear from the clothes.

  24. Flasun says:

    I try to recycle my clothing as much as possible. Some of the ways include transforming:
    -Long sleeves to cap sleeves
    -Long pants to capris or shorts
    -Dresses to tops or skirts
    -Tight clothing to purses, small pouches or rags

    If I determine a piece of clothing cannot be recycled, I remove the buttons, zippers and embellishments for use on other items. I try not to waste any material or notion.

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  26. Barbara says:

    I take old sweatshirts and turn them into jackets…embroider on them or felt on them. Sometimes I add collars nd cuffs,,many a SS has been saved from the ragbag…

  27. Judy says:

    I love the idea of making adult tshirts into boy’s boxer shorts! And, I’ve really enjoyed reading all the comments with great ideas…..

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