With a simple internet search for “upcycle clothing” or “up-cycle fabric” you can find a variety of books, websites, blogs, and YouTube videos with tutorials, tips, and inspiration for up cycling and repurposing clothing. Some of our favorites:
Fixing Fashion A website dedicated to helping reduce fashion waste with helpful tutorials on fixing and repurposing clothing.
– a sewing website that contains basic sewing tips as well as ideas and how-tos for transforming old clothes.
– Focuses on visible mending as “codesign” using verve and nerve and glaringly obvious thread, to value and preserve what you already have.
You can click on the links to go to Amazon, but see if you can check them out at your local library, or buy them at your local independent bookstore.
Mend: A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto by Kate Sekeles
Darning, Repair, Make, Mend
Why hide a repair when you can celebrate it. This book is a is a step-by-step guide to visible repairs by Hikaru Noguchi, a guru of visible darning in Japan.
Wear, Repair, Repurpose
This illustrated guide to mending and upcycling gives step-by-step instructions and covers a range of projects – from darning a sock to making a rag rug.
This is a book of inspiring upcycled eye-candy. The book features 46 international designers who work with recycled materials and discarded garments to create fashion clothing and accessories.