The 100% wool upcycled tweed skirt… what can you make?

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For a bit of fun I decided to see what I could make from the one of those pleated tweed tartan wool skirts, which I traditionally think of older ladies wearing… frustratingly I didn’t take a picture before I started!

Naturally I started with unpicking all the seams/darts at which point my daughter begged for me for a skirt in the style of the original skirt.. (I sewed back in the pleats!)


It’s not the most pratical skirt for a 5 year old as dry clean only, but I have a suspicion she won’t wear it often!

The remaining fabric was felted it in the washing machine (running through on the 90 degree cycle) to create a lovely soft fabric. With my slight current obsession with recycled bags I of course set too and made one:)

Upcycled tweed skirt

Upcycled tweed skirt

I was left with two odd shaped and small pieces of fabric. What next? A small make up bag, pin cushion, flower broach, decorated hair pin, book cover? In the end I decided on projects I have been meaning to make for a while..


The finish on this pincushion recycled jar is far from professional, good job I was not planning on adding them to my Etsy shop then!!


I am far happier with my E-Book cover 🙂


and lastly a flower corsage. What would you make??

I have shared this on Handmade Monday over at Handmade Harbour, why not check out the other lovely items people have added?



    • February 25, 2013 / 2:47 pm

      Thank you:) Writing the blog post gave me the focus to make two items I had been meaning to make for quite some time!! Vicky

  1. February 25, 2013 / 7:14 pm

    I love that you got all those things from one skirt! That is superb upcycling!

    • February 26, 2013 / 7:53 am

      Thanks for popping by and commenting, hoping to make Handmade Monday again although I am sure I won’t make it each week!! I meant to add a link to Handmade Monday on the post, I’ll do it today! x

  2. February 25, 2013 / 8:06 pm

    Lovely creations from just one skirt! Just shows what can be done with a little thought 🙂

    • February 26, 2013 / 7:54 am

      Thanks for coming to have a look and taking the time to comment. Only just discovered Handmade Monday, the quality of items people submit are great:)

  3. February 25, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    I love seeing old items being given a new life or in this case several new lives.:-)

    • February 26, 2013 / 7:52 am

      Thank You 🙂 I love the fact I now have a cover for my e-reader so it doesn’t get dusty!!

  4. February 26, 2013 / 10:29 am

    Wow, what lovely creations and all from one old skirt! I particularly love the bag – so pretty.

    • February 26, 2013 / 11:30 am

      I was intending on trying to make two more of the bags to add to Flickr and Etsy prior to posting the blog, but you know what it is like!!! Love your felt creations:) Vicky

  5. February 26, 2013 / 11:32 am

    Just goes to show what you can do with an old skirt. Love what you’ve done.

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