Refashioning 101: The 2 for 1 Upcycle

July 6, 2015Sheri Pavlović

The wonderful world of refashioning is not only ethical, sustainable and great for the environment but it also gives you loads more bang for your buck!

Transforming an unloved item into a unique piece of awesomeness that no one else has is a magnificent feeling that can be doubled (or even tripled!) with a wee bit of creativity.

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Raid your closet, sift through your stash or hit the thrift shop for this Refashioning 101: The 2 for 1 Upcycle!

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2 for 1 upcycle - DIY shorts & bag (1)

Grab that unloved pair of cargo capris (or trousers, or jeans, or pants).

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Chop the legs to your desired length for shorts, leaving a bit extra for seam allowance.

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Hem up the raw edge of your almost done shorts.

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Snag some lace or ribbon for embellishment and arrange it along the hem of your shorts – I chopped the bottom off of a vintage bistro curtain for mine.

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Stitch it on.

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Pop on your fancy new shorts and see what else you can create from the leftover legs!

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Grab the chopped legs and cut out one of the side seams to open them up.

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Place one on top of the other with right sides facing and even up the edges.

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Stitch the two pieces together leaving one side open – whichever you prefer to be the top/opening of your bag.

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Hem the open edge, flip the almost-a-bag right side out and grab some coordinating fabric to create the lining. (I used a thrifted duvet cover as it already had a convenient button closure)

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Place the bag on top of the (doubled) lining fabric and cut out the basic shape.

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Stitch the lining fabric pieces together with right sides facing leaving the top open.

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Pop the lining into the bag with the wrong sides facing along with your choice of bag strap and pin together. (I used an old fabric belt from my stash for a strap)

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Stitch together and then tightly zigzag over that outside seam for extra strength.

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I also replaced the buttons on my bag for a bit of extra sass.

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And my fancy new shorts and messenger bag were ready for…

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a lovely stroll and picnic in the park with my munchkin!

Check out my entire Refashioning 101 series right here.

For more funky DIYs take a peek at my tutorial index and always remember to keep up your Passion for Refashion!

 

 

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