How To Upcycle A Dress Into New Items

I have been at it again, I have been busy chopping up an old dress and turning into something new. This week I am sharing how to upcycle a dress into new items. I had this old dress that I adored. I just loved the floral print. I had been hanging onto it but sadly it had become too tight across the waist. I decided to recycle the fabric and make some new items. I made an elastic waist skirt, a matching pouch, and a headband. This project is beginner friendly and I have a Youtube video sharing how I made all three items. You can catch the video at the end of this post.

How To Upcycle A Dress Into New Items

My dress was originally from a brand called Closet London, I used to love their dresses but I haven’t found any recently that catch my eye. I wanted to give my dress a new lease on life and enjoy it once again. I attempted an elastic waist skirt. You can see in the video how I made the skirt. This is one of the easiest ways to make a skirt. Just take your time when measuring and you can’t go wrong.

How To Upcycle A Dress Into New Items How To Upcycle A Dress Into New Items

You might have seen recently that I recycled an old Cath Kidston skirt into some makeup pouches. If you missed the post you can check it out here. I decided to make a matching pouch but this time I didn’t add the box corners and I made a flat version instead. I used an 8inch zipper for this pouch and I also lined it with the floral fabric. I made it big enough to fit my phone and my cards for a night out. You can get creative and just adjust the size you want and make a larger or smaller purse. You could even make a cute coin bag.

DIY floral zipper pouch DIY floral zipper pouch DIY floral zipper pouch

I decided to reuse the straps from the back of the dress and made a neck scarf/headband with the excess fabric. I simply stitched the two straps together to make a really long strap. I then tied them in a bow and had a really simple necktie.

DIY neck tie Recycle old clothes

You can catch the full details on how I made all of the items in the video below. Please subscribe to my channel and give the video a thumbs up if you enjoyed the video. Let me know if you are going to have a go at recycling an old fave item from your wardrobe. You can tag me into your crafty makes over on Instagram or comment below.

Thanks so much for reading,

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You might also enjoy my video from a few weeks ago where I made some makeup bags. You can catch it below.

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DIY elastic waist skirt


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