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So you do your best to wear your pieces as long as they will last before recycling them. But what if you took it a step further and upcycled it into something “new” again?

When you upcycle an item, you aren’t breaking down the materials. You may be refashioning it but it’s still made of the same materials as when you started. One of the biggest reasons to upcycle is the positive impact on the environment. Items destined for the dump are rescued and remade into something useful. In this workshop, Luz Rule from The Renewal Workshop took us through a variety of upcycling ideas and quick tips which you can also use to repair and renew your existing clothes. 

Watch the video below to see what Luz creates with a shirt and pants:


Highlights to skip to:

  • 6:09 how to repair vs. upcycle.
  • 10:23 creative ideas + demonstration of upcycling a shirt. 
  • 25:28 creative ideas + demonstration of upcycling pants. 
  • 36:33 recycling clothing.

Basic checklist of tools needed to upcycle clothing: 

  • Fabric scissors.
  • Fabric nipper.
  • Fabric glue gun and glue.
  • Hand sewing needles.
  • Markers chalk.
  • Tape Measure.
  • Pressing ham.
  • Seam tape.
  • Pincushion and pins. 
  • Fabric glue gun and glue.
  • Tape measure.
  • Hem ruler.
  • Iron and ironing board.
  • Sewing machine and table.

    Previous recaps of Workshop 1 & 2 below:

    Workshop 1 Recap | Extending the Life: Care and Repair

    Workshop 2 Recap | Creating a Capsule Wardrobe  


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