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with Betz White
Online Class

Project Upcycle

Thrifty Sewing Projects
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Project Upcycle shows you thrifting and garment construction techniques that you'll use again and again. You need basic sewing skills -- and an eagle eye for the good stuff at rummage sales -- to make projects like cute cashmere shrugs from old sweaters and flirtatious wrap skirts from vintage tea towels. Celebrate your exit from the corporate world and liberate your suit jackets and dress shirts into saucy berets. With Betz's upcycling magic, your shirt cuffs become billfolds to hold the cash you save, and you'll learn endless variations on felted totes, limited only by your imagination and your stash of old wool sweaters. Watch each lesson in Project Upcycle on your own schedule, at your own pace, as many times as you like. If you enjoy creating unique looks that are simple, sustainable and fun, sign up for Project Upcycle: Thrifty Sewing Projects.


  • beginner
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h14m

Included in this Class

1. Course Introduction

1. Course Introduction

Betz teaches you about re-purposing and being thrifty at the same time. You will see how easy it is to transform something old into new fashions and accessories.

2. Hunt and Deconstruct

2. Hunt and Deconstruct

With so much "stuff" in the world, where do you start looking for what you need? Betz guides you to the best places to look for items to repurpose, but also what will and will not work, what to look for, and importantly, what to avoid. You'll also learn how to felt wool sweaters to create an entirely different kind of fabric.

3. Mad Cap

3. Mad Cap

Using a wool skirt or men's wool suit on the outside and a dress shirt as the lining, create this sassy beret, a perfect accessory for fall. You will create a custom pattern to fit your head exactly, then follow the step-by-step instructions to sew the pieces together.