Skirt to Girls’ Summer Top!

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Danielle took a too-short skirt with a cute print … and turned it into this adorable summer top for her daughter! Check out how she did it … and the picture of a kangaroo outside her window (a first for a Refashion Files feature).  You’ll enjoy her how-to instructions, complete with what decisions and trade-offs she had to make. What a great refashion!

Refashion: Girl’s Summer top at One Small Stitch

Summer Top from Old Cardigan!



We’ve all got a cardigan somewhere that’s just not quite right … but it’s so comfy we hate to part with it. Here’s an awesome way to refashion it — in under 30 minutes with your sewing machine. Check out Agy’s easy how-to!

Another Refashion – Upcycle Your Cardigan! at Green Issues by Agy

Preppy Boys’ Shorts From Women’s Jacket!

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These little boys’ shorts are so adorable! but we did not expect to find out they’re made from a women’s jacket! The directions are surprisingly easy, and Theresa shows you just how she did it. It’s always nice when you can make something awesome out of something you don’t use anymore — the essence of refashion!

Sewing For Summer, Preppy Boy Shorts at Theresa’s To-Dos

Men’s Checked Shirt to Summer Top!

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We love what Phillipa did with this checked men’s shirt! She turned it into this cute summer top … and you need to see how cool the button-up back is! She gives you a step-by-step walkthrough of how  you can make your own — and even offers some suggested variations!

Men’s Shirt Refashion To Cute Summer Top at Gloria and Me

Thrifted Top & Scrubs to Summery Dress!



We love the light and airy, stylish look of this dress. You won’t believe what it started out like before Jen worked it over (you have to see the post to believe it), but the thrifted top and scrub pants cost only 49 cents each! She walks you through how she did her makeover — check it out!

Refashion Runway Competition: Week Four – Summer Dress! at Diary of a Mad Mama

Thrifted Dress to Summer Maxi Skirt!


We love this project! Beth found a thrift store dress with a disastrous cut but a cute fabric and reworked it into this light and summery maxi skirt. She shows you just what she did — and you can do the same!

DIY Summer Maxi Skirt Refashion Tutorial at The Renegade Seamstress

DIY Dyed t-shirt

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From plain to striped with a little DYE! Pick a color and jazz up a plain top! Get the low down and get your kids involved too!


DIY Dyed t-shirt from Zibergirl Sews

Scarf to Tank Top!


Jessica found this awesome tribal scarf — and turned it into a cute summer tank! She shows you how she modified her tank top pattern and adapted it to work with this scarf — and you can, too, with any scarf!

totally tribal fashion moment, and a scarf to tank top refashion at Domestic Bliss Squared

DIY Beach Wrap

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Pin! Pin! pin! This DIY beach wrap with a simple yard of fabric will have you creating at least one in no time! Think of all the fun patterns, colors and fabrics you could use to upcycle into this!?

DIY Beach Wrap from Brit + Co.

DIY Beach Towel Bag

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Towel bags can be the best for a day at the lake or the beach! Have you ever refashioned a towel into a bag or something else useful? You probably have a few in your linen closet that could be whipped up into one of these!

DIY Beach Towel Bag from Martha Stewart