Recycling & Upcycling Clothes

Explore creative re-use and the art of upcycling within your own wardrobe. Learn multiple ways to hack existing garments. Alter a garment for a perfect fit. Using an existing garment as a base, completely change the design using only the materials you have. Or use fabric from an old garment to make a new one. Bring the garment you wish to upcycle to the first class, then create a custom plan of action for the remaining sessions. Prerequisite: Basic Sewing or equivalent skills. Limit 6 students

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range

17+, teens with instructor's permission

Skill Level

All Levels


Basic Sewing or equivalent skills


  • Standard Scissors (NOT Gingham or other fabric scissors)
  • Awl
  • Scotch tape
  • 4H Pencils (2 to 3)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Dressmaker’s pencil (Blue)
  • Thumbtacks
  • Dressmakers/Quilter's Ruler (18”)
  • Class 66 bobbins (plastic; please bring at least 3)
  • Dressmaker shears (best quality are Fiskars or Gingher)
  • Assorted machine sewing needles
  • Assorted hand sewing needles
  • Common pins
  • Pin cushion
  • Seam ripper
  • Dressmaker’s pencil or tailor’s chalk
  • Tape measure 60”
  • Contrasting thread for basting
  • Thimble
  • Needle threader
  • Safety pins

Please bring all garments you wish to alter/change first class so we can discuss. If you do not have a garment in mind I can recommend one of the following:

  • Combining two garments (I.e. making a shirt and shirt a dress)
  • Adding fabric panels/insets/embellishment to a garment
  • Make a shirt into a dress or a dress into a shirt! (Cotton or knit recommended)
  • Scavenge a sweater to make winter accessories
We can work to make garments larger but if you are thrifting specifically for this class please remember the larger the original garment, the more fabric you have to work with. Cottons or sturdy knit fabrics are recommended.

Please don't forget additional materials such as:

  • Matching Fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Hem/bias tape
  • Zippers
  • Closures (buttons, hooks etc)

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1: 5 Wednesdays, 6:30–9pm
1S: June 12- July 10
Instructor: Theona White

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