In this video, Caroline Malcolm (aka me!) demonstrates an upcycling clothing idea – revamping your old tops with hot foils.
It gives your top a whole new look and saves you having to buy a new one! You’ll find a couple of links to the hot foils and bondaweb below:
- This ebay seller has lots of different colours / patterns of textile hot foils – http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/patsy_may?_… (remember to place the shiny side upwards!)
- Here’s a listing for some of the bondaweb sheet – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fuse-A-Web-… (Remember it’s the rough side that faces the fabric)
You can print out and trace over a pattern or shape if you’re struggling for design inspiration.
The materials and equipment that you’ll need to revamp your old top with hot foils are shown below.
- Old top
- Hot foil
- Pins / dressmakers chalk
- Baking Parchment
- Ironing Board
Did You Know?
While some items of used clothing are sold through charity shops, a large quantity of material is collected for sorting – either in the UK or abroad – and then exported for sale in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimated that in 2012 a third of all clothing bought in the UK ended up in landfill, with around 350,000 tonnes of material disposed of in this manner.
courtesy of: www.letsrecycle.com
You’ll find some more upcycling clothing ideas here.