Etsy is full of examples, as are many do it yourself or crafting websites. My big new upcycling project is the curtains for my van. I’ll post pictures and a tutorial later. For now, I’m going to post some pictures of the inspiration for them. From Freecycle, I recently received a little over 3 giant outdoor trash bags full to the top of upcycled fabric. There was cotton, wool, linen and silk. Patterns that I had never seen before! Small pieces and large pieces. It was such an amazing find! By upcycled, I mean that someone had gone to sales, thrift stores, gone through closets and maybe other people’s things, and found fabric that had a lot of life left in it, yet which was on its way out for one reason or another. She rescued it and stored it. Then she passed it on to me. And now, I will create new things out of it. My first project, patchwork curtains for my van! I’ll also be making lots of clothes for the kids for the winter, and next spring from the fabric.
So, is it upcycling to take a piece of clothing and create another piece of clothing? Sometimes. The majority of the clothing I was given had an issue and could no longer be used as is. Sweaters had moth holes. T shirts had stains. Pants had torn knees. Some things were just so far past being in style that no one would wear them now. But the fabric was all good! So, taking a $2 pair of size 2X pants from the thrift store, using the fabric to create a toddler sized jumper for my daughter that would sell for $10 or $15 is certainly considered upcycling.
I have a few other upcycling projects in mind for around the house, but haven’t gotten them started yet. I’ve saved a lovely green ginger ale bottle to create a dish soap dispenser for my kitchen counter. I use old jars for all manner of things that are worth more than an empty jar is. I use baskets in for things that other people never think of. There is plenty more, but I am going to wrap up. I’ll leave you with a few pictures of my new fabric, just for fun.