Clothes upcycling is not only eco- and budget friendly, but stretches your imagination and creativity.
I have started to find ways to use clothes upcycling in my everyday life, and one of the ways in which I am doing this is as a fundraiser for my kids various sporting clubs and their school.
Last year I upcycled some old swimming uniforms from our club and we sold the resulting bags to raise funds for the club.
In 2015 I had a new clothes upcycling challenge.
I had a large pile of clothes that I acquired at the end of my girls school carnival last year.
Every year, we as parents are asked to buy and donate items for the carnival. I wanted to try and show how we can 'use what we've got' to create things to sell at the following year's carnival to raise funds for the school. Creating a more budget and environment friendly approach to raising funds.
Since I sew and love upcycling, this seemed to be the perfect way for me to help!
Here's the pile of clothes I got:
Lots of jeans, shorts, and other clothes items from interesting and pretty fabrics. This was just a small portion of the clothes that were left over from the clothes stall at last year's carnival.
The first thing I wanted to try out making was a sock monkey:
My girls love him and tell me they think these would sell well at the carnival! So buoyed by my success, I tried a sock lion!
Which was also given the thumbs up by my girls.
So - I had from February until October to work my way through the pile of clothes and make things to sell.
Each upcycle is recorded below. Click on the picture to go to the post for more details.
You can read my report about how the school carnival stall went and what I learnt from it here.