Free Stuff Friday!

TGIF, especially because you can enter to win the new book, ReSew: Turn thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs by Jenny Wilding Cardon from Martingale & Company (MSRP: $24.99).

The book is filled with fun DIY and upcycling projects to create a truly unique wardrobe! ReSew cover 255x300 Free Stuff Friday!For your chance to win your own copy of ReSew: Turn thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs, answer this question in the comments section:

Do you upcycle or transform any thrift store finds into new clothing?

Post your answer by 9 AM ET on Monday, when we’ll announce the winner. Good luck!

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159 Responses to Free Stuff Friday!

  1. Jessica says:

    Oh my yes. I’ve been upcycling and recycling long before it was fashionable to do so. I’ve made pillow cases into bassinette sheets, old flannel sheets into burp cloths and a towelling day coat (from the 60′s) into an apron so when I picked up my babies from their bath there was something warm and absorbent for them while I grabbed a real towel. Those ‘babies’ are now having babies of their own.

  2. Janie Fletcher says:

    SURE DO!! It is fun creating something for the second time!

  3. Nancy Rinas says:

    So far I have just altered the things I buy to fit me as i don’t have enough ideas, to do a good job tht is fashionable.

  4. Crystal C. says:

    I up-cycle jean pants into jean purses, various pants into tote bags, various clothing to make pillows and blankets. I would absolutely love to win this prize. I have so many items to up-cycle. Thanks!

  5. May says:

    This looks really cool. I could use this book.

  6. Mardi says:

    Placemats & table runners make really neat purses. Also get buttons from thrift shops for decoration or for fashion sewing. Tablecloths and sheets make great wide width fabrics that have been prewashed many times so won’t shrink.

  7. Linda K says:

    Yes, I do. I use the wide leg jeans to make skirts, suit coats to make totes and bags, interesting fabric from dresses to make dresses for my granddaughters, and of course the buttons are also repurposed. I was doing this before it was popular. Its something I learned from both my grandmothers.

  8. Monica Cope says:

    I don’t go to thrift stores all that often but I recycle clothing; jeans, shirt, etc. Denim comes in handy for all kinds of things, I remove all buttons from shirts and recycle those and the fabric. I quilt so many of our cast-off clothes will end up in quilts. I saved many of my kids baby clothes too. I plan to make Wedding Ring quilts for each of them when they get married. I’ll use the baby clothes and leftover fabric from my wedding dress.

  9. Catherine Huie says:

    Love taking apart old clothing and remaking them into new items like clothes and bags as gifts for friends and family.

  10. Krystal Bennett says:

    Love thrift store shopping! To wear, or recycle into something new like leg warmers (or arm warmers for my teen’s “style”) or make doll clothing, it’s all good :)

  11. Linda T says:

    No I haven’t personally but I have helped others do it.

  12. I go to the thrift store, and get corduroy pants and cut them up for patchwork bags, skirts, and wallets.

  13. Cheryl says:

    I don’t usually go to thrift shops because we have enough recyclables from home! LOL When my grandkids were living with us, I saved their outgrown or torn clothes to refashion into something new. Since I’m retired, all of those no-longer needed business suits and blouses are hanging out just waiting to be something new! I’ve made messenger bags and tote bags, customized with machine embroidery, to create one of a kind wool items for family. I’m always looking for new ideas and would love to win this enticing book :)

  14. Brenda Green says:

    Yes but I need more help. Would love to win.

  15. Wanda says:

    No. But, it does sound like a great idea!

  16. Jane says:

    Yes I have used
    blanket and sheet to make several different items.

  17. Jean B. says:

    I love going to yard sales and thrift stores to buy things and remake them for my home , myself and my family.

  18. Lyn Sample says:

    Yes, whenever I can…..would love some new ideas though!!

  19. Vicki J.D. says:

    I don’t need to go to thrift shops at all – I have
    plenty to choose from right here at home!

  20. Rona says:

    Sure do!!!! Love the idea!!!

  21. angela says:

    I have used pieces from finds, but I try upcycle from old things. I use zippers, buttons, anything worth saving for future projects.

  22. patty says:

    Would love it!!!!

  23. Blossom says:

    Never upcycled anything, but that book looks great!

  24. Tracy Cooper-Posey says:

    I’ve dabbled in upcycling, but never really got serious about it. Now I have to. I’ve been unemployed for nearly three years, and *finally* just got a job…and have nothing to wear! Even “Business casual” is completely out of my financial reach until some of my screaming creditors have been appeased. This book sounds like it might be a huge help.

  25. Monica says:

    I have been on a quest looking for dresses and such from estate sales to cut up and use in a country quilt! I find many good buys to wear too!

  26. Amy Yelsma says:

    I’ve just recently discovered repurposing/upcycling clothes and need some ideas. I love the idea!

  27. Melinda Thompson says:

    I recycle just about anything I can find!

  28. Marianne says:

    Sure have. My son needed a civil war uniform. We went to a thrift shop and I found a navy blazer in the womens section that fit him and a light blue pair of jeans that were too big. I resized the jeans and reconstructed the jacket. He looked great and had one of the best looking uniforms. That was my my most inpressive upcycling from a thrift shop. Generally, i will buy things for the vintage buttons a unique zipper, and sometimes for the fabric.

  29. Sharon LaMontagne says:

    Yes, I love to re-cycle thrift store finds. Also, told my niece to look there as a source for fabric, because she is a new sewer, and was complaining about the high price of fabric.

  30. Jennifer Wright says:

    I do costuming for a youth theater and I don’t think Ive done a single show without something having been refurbished and created into something else. My entire cast for a 1920′s play was reworked thrift store finds.

  31. carla vachowski says:

    I want to but don’t know where to START!

  32. Tammie M says:

    I love to upcycle and have for years, especially now that we don’t have any local fabric shops.

  33. Tamara Kemp says:

    Occasionally I will find a great item at the thrift store and change it to meet my needs. I sure would love this book to give me some ideas though.

  34. Stella says:

    I for a friend,I remake her jean skirts in one for her daughter, to save and to get a skirt long enough for extra tall 5 year old

  35. Diana says:

    Not yet. I’m still resewing the stuff in my current wardrobe and I’m not quite ready to add to the workload. Yet.

  36. Cookie JEan says:

    I take t-shirts and turn them into quilts/ purses/and backpacks

  37. Henria O. says:

    I occasionally upcycle thrift store finds but not often. Thanks for the chance to win!

  38. Kathy bruce says:

    Yes love to get levis you can do lots with them

  39. Regina Doyle says:

    I have done several times… I have picked up some fabrics, clothes, patterns (all sorts of crafts,etc.) & lots of other things including furniture. I’d love to do more with the use of such a great sounding book. These days we have to count every cent when needing anything at all.
    Thanks for the chance,
    Take care & hugs,
    Reggirl

  40. Susan Spiers says:

    I always look for great material in an item that can become an even greater creation!

  41. Karen Colopy says:

    Ihave recycled and re-sewn since I was in the 8th grade, about 50 years. I love it as a way to have something special.

  42. Wannabeknitter1 says:

    No, I have not attempted to transform or recycles any thrift or old clothing, but I am willing to learn as much as I can. Please help me!

  43. Natalya Hoak says:

    No, don’t have a sewing machine currently, but I have in the past.

  44. Molly Scott says:

    I do remake thrift store finds into clothes I wear. I find it is better than having to buy new clothing for my budget and it allows me to be creative.

  45. Amy says:

    I have attempted to transform clothes, but it never seems to work out, would LOVE a book to give me some guidance!!!

  46. sammantha seals says:

    always a favorite challenge!!!!

  47. Evelyn says:

    I have used fabric from thrift store clothing to put into quilts.

  48. Janice M. Wohl says:

    I do not go to thrift stores as I grew up in hand-me-downs and prefer decorating my own clothing.

  49. Jamie says:

    Not yet, but I would absolutely love to learn how! I just got my first sewing machine and I can’t wait to try projects like thrift store transformations!

  50. Diane says:

    I have never recycled clothing from a thrift store, but I think it’s a great idea and would love to win a book that shows how to do it and gives ideas! In fact, I could recycle my own old clothes.

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