Easy To Make Upcycled Skirts

upcycled skirts

It’s boot and skirt weather! The air is getting cool and crisp and what a great time to throw on your tights and skirts.  In the office, running errands or even keeping house, a skirt, some tights and a pair of boots are a great GO TO for any occasion. I love wearing skirts in the winter.

upcycled skirts

A few years ago I designed a skirt pattern for girls and had intentions of making a women’s pattern but never got around to it until now. These two skirt patterns are so easy to make up, and better yet, you can recycle some of your clothes to do it.

Whether you want the length of the skirt to be just above the knee or mid thigh, the pattern is adaptable. The comfortable fold down yoga waistband makes it easy to get on and off and is easy to sew.

Here are a few tips when choosing fabric or recycled clothing for your skirts.

  • Large sweaters either cotton/synthetic blends or wool blends are great for the eight panel skirt.
  • Check the clearance sections for long knit skirts or dresses. They have a lot of yardage and can be used either for another skirt or the waistbands of other skirts. (Check the fabric content. If they have a high percentage of spandex, and it is a good color and quality, most likely the clearance item will be cheaper than buying fabric. Spandex fabric at the fabric store can be quite expensive and the selection is usually poor).
  • Don’t forget to check the thrift stores and yard sales for sweaters and skirts to use as fabric yardage.
  • If using sweaters, be sure to check for any holes before cutting out.
  • Try to use fabric or sweaters that are similar in weight for the same project.
  • If using wool sweaters, either felt them before sewing, or make sure you hand wash the skirt in cold water. (Shrinking the sweater before may make it too dense to use for a skirt).
  • Use your creativity to come up with some fun color and texture combinations.
  • Add trim and embellishments if you want to get real creative.

The pattern for these easy to make upcycled skirts include women sizes 2-14 and is available in my Etsy shop or Craftsy shop.

upcycled skirts
upcycled skirts
upcycled skirts
upcycled skirts
upcycled skirts

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Sweater Pumpkins – A Great Fall Upcycled Sweater Project

sweater pumpkins

Fall is one of my most favorite seasons and what a great time of the year to get out your sweaters and make something fun. Some ORANGE sweaters perhaps? I love the color orange, felted wool sweaters and shades of green. Put it together with a twig from the yard and BAM you have the ultimate home decoration for fall, upcycled sweater pumpkins.

sweater pumpkins

I am not a big fan of Halloween decor, but I do like to decorate with pumpkins and leaves. You will be able to keep these guys sitting around until Thanksgiving. In fact, wouldn’t they be nice to display at the Thanksgiving table?

sweater pumpkins

Look how cute they are made up using a yellow and even a brown sweater. A little whimsy and fun.

Sewing the leaves were so much fun! I tried a new technique with layering and sewing different shades of felt. I think I have found a new medium to work with. Awe, so many ideas and so much I want to do.

The pattern to make these sweater pumpkins has been listed in my Etsy shop .

Check out this post, where I give you the link to the sweater pumpkins video tutorial.

Have fun sewing!

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Slip Stitch Tutorial

slip stitch

Here is a little video tutorial showing how to do the slip stitch.

A lot of my patterns and projects include this stitch so I thought I would do a little demo for you to view. This stitch is also called the blind stitch and very similar to the blind hem. I use this stitch to close the opening of pillows , my sweater balls, stuffed animals and binding.

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Let me know if you have any questions.

Have fun sewing!

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Jan Howell

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My intention for this website is to share tips and tutorials that I have found on my journey of life that has brought me joy, improved health, and peace, in hopes that it will do the same for you. I hope you'll join me on this journey!

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