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Published on March 3rd, 2011 | by Kelly Rand


ReSew Giveaway and Tutorial!

ReSew I always seem to accumulate a stash of unloved clothes picked over from my closet. This pile consists of clothes that are no longer fit, or need heavy mending, or have acquired an unbeatable stain. I keep this pile with dreams of swapping with friends or donating to Goodwill. But now ReSew, a new book out by Jenny Wilding Cardon has me eyeing my discard pile with a new eye.

ReSew is chock full of projects and tutorials on transforming old clothes into something new and exciting. The patterns are fairly easy to follow and customizable. Say you’re not a fan of the embellishments for the Sleeveless V or Sugar Stripes Dress? Simply leave them off!

The projects in this book range from easy to hard, and prior working knowledge of a sewing machine is a good thing to have before tackling any of the redesigns. The book also outlines some of the basic techniques and tools you should have in your skill set and supply closet.


UPDATE: Congratulations to Heatheranne99 who has won!


Are you ready for the best part? We’re giving away a copy of ReSew to one lucky reader!

That’s right, simply leave a comment for us on what you’d use the book for and we’ll choose a winner at random. You have one week to enter and one entry per person.

Felted Basket Tutorial

The other really awesome thing is Jenny has given us this great tutorial to give you a taste of how you can revamp your clothes into something fun and new. So follow along to make this nifty felted basket. Thanks Jenny!

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About the Author

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting. Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.

63 Responses to ReSew Giveaway and Tutorial!

  1. Mslaurel88 says:

    I want to learn to upcycle and have a shirt that I love and want to use it as my base. I’d love to win this book to learn how.

  2. Delia says:

    I, too, have a stash of no longer wearable clothes waiting for new lives. This book would come in oh so handy.

  3. trateg says:

    Oooh, very cool! I’d love to resource our families clothes that might not be donateable, but could still get some use. I love recycling clothes and fabrics into creative new goodies.

  4. Jenna Z. says:

    I HAVE so many clothes that don’t fit anymore! (I lost quite a bit of weight when I started running.) I’d love to be able to re-make a lot of the shirts that I still like but can’t wear!

  5. I have a 9 year old and an 11 month old… need I say more…. LOL! I would love to find ways to repurpose my oldest girl’s no longer wearable things into fabulous new duds for her little sister!

  6. Jessica says:

    I would love to use this book to update some of my own clothes, as well as for my kids too!

  7. I love to turn old stuff into new stuff. I have been taking sewing classes in hopes to make my own clothing one day. I would love to use this book as I start my new sewing endeavors.

  8. Bimbi9 says:

    I have some old clothes that I can’t bare to part with so I would use the book to refashion some of my favorite old clothes.

  9. Autumn80 says:

    I am a newly single mother with a 10 year old son and an almost 3 year old daughter. I would use this book to teach myself to sew. I have recently learned now to knit from tutorials and am ready to bite off a beginning sewing machine and start finding some projects. This is my first exposure to making things reused. While I don’t have a lot since I just moved out of the home I shared with their father, I would use this book to use what I have and stop thinking of trash the same way.

  10. Kory says:

    I love this! Refashioning is one of my favorite things to do with clothes. Some of my favorite articles of clothing are things that I have thrifted and remade into something new, but I could use some more inspiration to keep me going.

  11. kmfukuda says:

    I love this! I have a pile of old clothes I just got from my sister with thoughts of swapping and/or altering, but have had MAJOR problems with inspiration for what to do with them. This would be GREAT!!!

  12. bar code generator says:

    Hey, great blog with full of renovated ideas/ themes in order to transform old clothes into customizable new or exciting.

    -bar code generator

  13. Angie says:

    My kids clothes are overtaking my laundry room!! I can’t for the life of me throw them away, some have stains (2 boys) and these are the ones I’d really like to repurpose into something new either for myself or add to my kids wardrobe!

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