Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from Melissa Camara Wilkins while I take a little writing & publishing break.
When I read Nicole’s post on hosting a clothing exchange, I was inspired. Yes! I thought. I will host a clothing exchange! Right on! When I started looking through my own closet, though, I realized the pickings were slim. It’s the end of the season, my summer things are all worn out–not great for exchanging.
But I loved the gathering with friends idea. And all my tee shirts are nearly at the end of their tee shirty life, so… what about hosting a clothing refashioning party? This could work!
Here’s how I’d do it:
1. Pull together a few easy refashioning ideas. If your friends aren’t experienced sewists, skip any that require a sewing machine.
2. Assemble supplies: shears, pins, needles and thread for hand sewing, a hot glue gun. (I don’t know exactly what you’ll use the hot glue gun for, but it couldn’t hurt to have it around just in case.) Bleach pens and paint pens could come in handy. Freezer paper is another good idea.
3. Invite friends, and tell them to bring their old clothes to refashion together!
A few project ideas to get you started:
- Long-sleeved tee to cardigan (or convert a short-sleeved shirt to a bolero…)
- Bleach pen designs
- Tee shirt to halter top
- Tee shirt to braided bracelet
- Tee shirt to summery fringed scarf
- Tee shirt to twisted scarf or necklace
- Add leaf prints (this could also be a great way to disguise minor stains!)
- Sweater to scarflette (hand sewing would work with this one)
What do you think? Would you host a clothing refashioning party? What other refashions would you suggest?