The Quest to Repurpose

It all started with my desire to become more eco-friendly. I began researching ways to recycle or revamp clothes and found many examples with tutorials. I’ve seen people reuse what they have and re-fashion things into useful and even fabulous items. (A tight budget does encourage this, yet a chance to be creative is also motivation.) With this in mind, I have been on a mission to collect instructions and materials for do-it-yourself projects for my family.

Finding resources for projects has been easy. I’ve bookmarked dozens of projects and websites that interest me.

Here are a couple of my favorites: compiles lists of enticing projects for all levels and interests. is amazing! Marisa takes an ill-fitting, out-of-style article of clothing and transforms it into something modern and fashionable.

My daughter has a hard time parting with clothes that just don’t fit her anymore, so I set aside her favorite ones in hopes of making some clothes for her or her dolls. (We’ll see how that works out.) I’ve been to a few thrift shops and found some appealing fabric and bed sheets that I can use as well. I even got a small stash of fabric from Freecycle.

With all these project ideas, having a sewing machine is essential. I looked into prices and found them a bit too high for my budget. After mentioning the desire to start sewing, a friend was able to pass along a used sewing machine. Score!

Well, I’ve had the sewing machine for a few months, and I’ve only tinkered with it a few times. It took time to just learn now to get the bobbin in the right place and figuring things out. I knew my parents would be visiting soon, so I just decided to wait until my mom could help me with the first project. She showed me the basics and even a few tricks. We made a dress for my daughter with some of fabric I had.

After that experience, I feel ready to take on a project on my own. I’ve wanted to make a grocery tote out of a pillowcase for a long time now. I have everything I need to make it happen. With one project under my belt (which I did just a small part of the work), I feel up to it. I’ll report back to let you know how I did!

Do you have experience sewing?

Are you repurposing anything (sewing or otherwise)?