Earth Day DIY: Upcycled Jeans Tote Bag

With Earth Day just a few days away, what better way to honor it than to make a reusable tote from an old pair of jeans so you can celebrate in style! I have 3 active boys, and you can imagine how many pairs of jeans they go through. Instead of getting rid of them I upcycle them into projects like this tote bag. It’s a sustainable approach to sewing and a practical project. You can use this for grocery runs to beach trips and everything in between. 

Get the full tutorial on the Brother Sews Blog and make your own Reusable Tote Bag from Upcycled Jeans.

***In partnership with Brother Sewing #sponsored 


Men's Shirt Refashion: Versatile Top/Skirt

You all know I love a men's dress shirt refashion. It's probably one of my top items to upcycle and made easy with all the different parts you can use. This versatile top/skirt is a fun update and can be worn several different ways, which makes it a great travel piece. The deconstructed look has that fashion-forward edge I like to add to my designs. If that's a bit too much just make the sleeves into a sash by removing the cuffs. Get the details below on how to make your own convertible top with Dritz Elastic



DIY: Macramé Halter from T-shirt

You all know I love a good t-shirt refashion mixed with some macramé. I love this simple update that requires basic sewing and macramé skills. It's cute for a summer top to a beach cover up and even a low impact workout look. You can use this knotted pattern for the Macramé Racer Back here just keep the bottom back drape as well. 

Get the details below on how to make this macramé top:

  • t-shirt
  • Brother Sewing Machine
  • scissors
  • general sewing notions


Part 1: Sewing Swimwear

When we decided a family vacation was in order I started looking for a new swimsuit. I had been wearing my sports bras rather than my bikinis lately. Mainly because I'm a mom of 3 young kids so swimming at the beach is more running around and splashing rather than laying out and relaxing. Not only do I want my swimsuit to be practical but supportive and comfortable for the never ending workout the beach can be with a toddler. I was having trouble finding a suit that fit my requirements so I decided it was time to make one. It's also another project to use COATS Eloflex Thread that is designed to stretch with the fabric. It's a great thread to use for swimwear, fitness wear, and knits ensuring the seams and hems can expand without breaking the thread. With the right tips and supplies you will want to give your own swimwear a try! 

Get the details below on how to make your own swimwear.


DIY Espadrille Wedges

I've always loved the idea of creating shoes but never really dabbled into it until I was introduced to Dritz Espadrille Soles. Since then it has really sparked my interest in shoe design and a fun side craft to take on. My first go was when I made these upcycled sweater boots which I've been wearing a lot. So for my next pair I wanted to do a traditional espadrille for the spring and summer. I went with a wedge and a couple flats to wear to the beach. The wedge I wanted as a dressy and more comfortable alternative to a traditional heel. I did have a hard time narrowing down the fabrics and style I wanted to go with so I of course made three samples. Get the details below on how to make your own espadrilles!



DIY: Beaded Lace Bridal Jacket

Prior to starting Trash to Couture I began my sewing and design career with a clothing line that specialized in bridal wear.  I made wedding gowns to bridesmaids dresses and everything in between. It was an honor to be apart of such a special event in one's life.  After having my boys I put that part of my life on hold, but I still to this day am drawn to lace and embroidered textiles.  I was thrilled when Stylish Fabric asked me to design a look with their new wedding/bridal fabrics. I wanted to create a versatile look that could be worn from the rehearsal dinner, to the wedding, and even afterwards. So we came up with this Lace Bridal Jacket.

Get the details on how to make your own and tips for sewing with embroidered/beaded bridal fabrics below.



DIY Shirred Top

As the weather begins to warm I'm always inspired to start sewing my Spring/Summer projects. For my first look, I wanted to make a top that could easily be paired with a jacket but also transition as a stand alone piece for summer. To create the gathered detail I used a technique called shirring. Shirring is two or more rows of gathers used to decorate parts of garments.  You can do this on a bodice, neckline, and waistline.  It's a simple technique and all you need is Dritz Elastic Thread.

Get the details below on how to make your own Shirred Top. 

  • Dritz Elastic Thread
  • 1 yard light weight fabric: The lighter the fabric the more effective the shirring will be. Try light cottons, chiffon, knits, gauze, etc. I'm using a light cotton material previously from an old skirt. 
  • Brother Sewing Machine 
  • General sewing notions