Clothing + Fashion

Published on April 4th, 2011 | by Julie Finn


Five Trashion Fashions that You Can Recreate

wire coathanger butterfly wingsWire coat hanger butterfly wings and plastic mesh produce bag clown wig– my penchant for creating wearables for my daughters out of trash may fool you into thinking that trashion is merely child’s play.

I’m here to disabuse you of that faulty notion. Trashion fashion isn’t just for kids, and it isn’t just for the runway, either–you, too, can create fashionable garments out of trash for your own wear, and you can look amazing while doing so.

The best part of trashion is that it’s totally original and totally you. You’re not meant to make a duplicate of that same Target T-shirt that everybody else is wearing, not when you can rescue something from your own community’s waste stream and upcycle it into a garment that looks outstanding on you and you alone.

So jump into trashion fashion your way, but for inspiration, construction tips, and real-life examples, check out these five trashion pieces before you begin:

waterproof coat sewn from fused plastic bag fabricYou may have already seen tote bags sewn out of fused plastic bag fabric, but the same characteristics that make fused plastic a terrific fabric for making water-proof, sturdy tote bags also make the fabric terrific for outerwear. Check out this fused plastic coat from Urban Woodswalker, and a clever fused plastic bag fabric tutorial that also shows you how to lay out clothing patterns on the fabric, courtesy of Our Everyday Earth.

[This image is the property of Urban Woodswalker.]

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

One Response to Five Trashion Fashions that You Can Recreate

  1. dj says:

    I LOVE THE SKITTLES DRESS. It is soooo cool i would were it to my prom if i could.

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