Upcycle jeans with The Refashioners 2016 challenge

The Refashioners 2016

Ah jeans – they’re one of our everyday go-to wardrobe essentials and yet we all have the odd old pair lying around, neglected, in the back of a drawer somewhere. But not any more! We’re so excited about this year’s The Refashioners 2016 challenge. Hosted by Portia Lawrie over at www.makery.co.uk, the challenge is seeing bloggers, sewists and designers coming together to share their ideas and tutorials for refashioning old pairs of jeans into creative new garments. Throughout August, Portia’s Makery blog is hosting a series of #jeanius (see what they did there?) guest posts from sewists taking part, and there’s a chance for you to get involved and win bumper sewing prizes too!

“Participants are challenged to refashion a garment to highlight how cool, creative and ecologically and ethically sound refashioning old garments actually is,” explains Portia. “This year we’re tackling jeans, so we’re all about using those unloved and ill fitting pairs of jeans languishing in wardrobes and drawers everywhere, and showcasing some ways to reuse, rework, and reimagine this classic garment; so beloved of cowboys and fashionistas alike!”

How to get involved

1. Join in with the community challenge

The Refashioners 2016 community challenge

Portia is calling on sewists everywhere to reach for their scissors and get refashioning, and there are six weeks left to enter the Community Challenge (it ends on 30th September 2016). All you have to do is refashion a pair (or pairs) of jeans and then share your makes online and you could win an amazing prize package of patterns, fabrics and gift vouchers worth over £1300. To share your creations:

You can see the full challenge brief here.

2. Get making with the Refashioners’ guest posts

We could spend hours browsing the amazing creative makes by sewists over on The Refashioners 2016 website, but here are a few of our favourites…

The Refashioners Marilla Walker denim jacket

Denim jacket by designer Marilla Walker

The Refashioners denim dungarees

Cloud dungarees by Zoe Edwards, founder of the global Me Made challenges

The Refashioners Megan Neilsen denim dress

Denim dress by blogger and pattern designer Megan Nielsen

The Refashioners Beth Wood denim skirt

Zip front skirt by Beth Wood of Sew DIY

3. Stay tuned for our own denim upcycling projects

We seriously love the ethos of rescuing old clothes and turning them into something new, so we’ll be getting involved by posting some of our favourite denim upcycling projects from Simply Sewing imagine here on the blog in the coming few weeks – starting with a post on how to turn jeans into baby bibs, by Jessica Entwistle, coming to the blog tomorrow!

Refashion jeans ideas