Online Class

Project Upcycle

Thrifty Sewing Projects

Thrifters unite! Using basic sewing skills and an eagle eye for the good stuff at yard sales, you'll turn cast-off clothes into cute accessories.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials including wrap skirt pattern
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Betz White
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Mad Cap
4. Cashmere Shrug
5. Off-the-Cuff Wallet
6. Felted Tote Bag
7. Wrap Skirt

Taught by

Betz White
Betz White
Betz White has built a career on thoughtful design, skilled craftsmanship and a focus on Earth-friendly materials. She is a graduate in fashion design from the University of Cincinnati, a former children’s wear designer and the bestselling author of Warm Fuzzies, Sewing Green and Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow. Betz has been featured on Martha Stewart’s television show as well as on the cover of Craft magazine and on numerous craft podcasts. Her bold aesthetic combined with her education in apparel design result in a unique offering of patterns and projects for the modern sewer.
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