You may or may not have heard the term ‘upcycle’. Upcycling is similar to recycling except you give the old item more value, not less. It’s a great way to keep costs down and be kind to the earth.
Last weekend I attended a workshop called “Upcycle: bring new life to your threads” put on by Green Villages. The workshop was led by Kelly Doust, author of Minxy Vintage: how to customise & wear vintage clothing, who shared her tips and tricks for repairing and customising seccond-hand clothes. It was a real treat to get a peak in Kelly’s wardrobe as she brought along some of her favourite pieces, many of which are featured in her book. All participants were allowed to select an item of vintage clothing to be customised from the large pile provided, or you could take along your own. There was also a pile of scarves and other bits and pieces intended to be used to add accents to our clothes. It was in this pile I spotted the crochet tablecloth. Straight away an idea popped into my head- poncho! I love old crocheted clothes and a breezy poncho would be perfect for summer. I wore them all winter as they’re so easy to breastfeed in and cover up a body still recovering from pregnancy. I also feel kinda glamourous in a poncho. I know plenty of people think they’re daggy but there’s something about a bit of flowing fabric that makes me feel special.
The process was very simple. First grab your old tablecloth. You can pick these up at your local op shop for next to nothing.