Upcycling Workshop (Special Interest)


June 24 and July 8, 2023 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Transform a neglected item(s) into another, one-of-a-kind, and often more valuable, treasured
item(s) by repairing or altering, or both.  Extend the life cycle of an object, better it, and get meaning.  This workshop is open to all who are interested in lightening their footprint and extending the life of once-loved clothing items.  


  • none but the level of sewing skill, by machine or by hand, will determine the success of this project.


  • Bring in an unloved Grandpa cardigan and reform it into a sweater dress.
    - Add an antique silk scarf to create a narrow ruffle along the neckline
    - Bring in old buttons to build a brooch to pull the look together
  • Take several men’s button-down shirts and re-work them into a shorts-coveralls
    - Cut away the pockets and reapply them in spots helpful to you
    - Trim off the collar stands for loops to carry your hammer or clippy things
    - Cut off and open up the cuffs to make more pockets!
    - Cut up a concert-t and applique the details on the back of the jumpsuit
  • One moth-loved oversized crew-neck sweater and several shrunken sweaters to make leg
    warmers, and appliqued v-neck vest
    - Cut off the sleeves from the sweater and finished them to make those leg covers
    - Slash the neckline and out shapes and applique them all over the●
  • Shrunken Hudson Bay blanket (sadly, we’ve all seen them), and an old leather belt
    - Slash it and make a poncho or oversized vest
    - Topstitch a casing to thread the belt through

Come prepared with the following:

For 1st Class

  • Recently laundered items to want to experiment with
    - T-shirts, sweaters, shirts, skirts, pants, jeans,
    - Know which features on the item(s) you want to keep and which you want to change
  • An idea of what you want to create
  • Pencil, eraser, and paper
  • And/or Smartphone or Tablet to build a Pinterest board
  • And/or Magazines for tearing to build a collage

For 2nd Class

  • Your plan
  • Cutting, sewing (by machine or hand), finishing (by machine or hand) your project

Here is a link to an open-source book of ideas.

A list of our class policies can be found here.
Minimum registration is 3. Maximum is 6.

This class is being taught by: Laura