Weekend Reading: Upcycled Fashions for Kids and a Giveaway


Cynthia Anderson is a girl after my own heart and she has some of the luckiest children on the planet. Her new book, Upcycled Fashions for Kids, is filled with ideas for creating one of a kind, upcycled creations for kids. If you enjoy refashioning and have some children in your life, then you’ll love this book. She shows you 31 ways to upcycle sweaters, t-shirts, scraps and linens into clothes that both boys and girls would be proud to wear.

My favorite project is the Ivory Wood Sprite Dress that she created from nothing but white and ivory scraps, bits of ribbon and some pearls from a broken necklace. I’m so inspired by the beautiful fabric roses on the sash, and crushed silk bodice. I want to make one for myself. 🙂

Cynthia wants to graciously give away a copy of Upcycled Fashions for Kids to one of you. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment below explaining why you would like to have this book. I will announce the winner next Friday.

Thanks for checking out this book and supporting the sewing community. It’s such a friendly and encouraging group of people!

Happy Upcycling!


About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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53 Responses to Weekend Reading: Upcycled Fashions for Kids and a Giveaway

  1. DishyMichelle says:

    I’d love to have a copy of this book because a women’s service group at my church is looking for ways to repurpose clothing for boys (as well as girls, but that’s the easy part!) so that the clothing can be donated to children in need through the church care center. This group has created repurposed clothing for girls in the past and was wildly popular in the care center, but the care center director noticed that the little boys ‘shopping’ with their parents felt a bit left out. I’m on a mission to discover ways that clothing can be repurposed for boys so that I can share and act on it! 🙂

  2. Jewel says:

    What a marvelous way to view and change the ‘hand-me-down’ curse.

  3. My 6 and 2 yr. old.great-granddaughters are so fashion conscious and appreciate any little thing I do for them. I would love to have your book so I can create amazing outfits for my darlings!

  4. Sharon Kloter says:

    I have two granddaughters age 10 and 12 who are world class thrifters. Oh how fun it would be to get a book with more ideas!

  5. I am a busy Granny! My daughter is about to gift us with another blessing and we would BOTH love this book! I think it would be a wonderful Christmas present!

  6. LauraLee says:

    I have grandkids who would love this and a daughter who would flat out cry to see her kids dressed in these creations (not to mention I’d have fun doing it)!

  7. My two dogs are my kids so now we just need a book on upcycling for pets! (or is there one already?). I would love this book to give to my sister who has two human kids (compared to my two furry ones). But I vote for Dishy above.

  8. Trudy Callan says:

    I’m in love with the book already! I have several small children that I love to sew and refashion for. They beam when I make things for them. It’s so rewarding since they are always so appreciative and excited and then they actually wear it! And my 14 year old daughter loves to refashion as well. We have so much fun sewing together. She even has her own sewing blog, which I will be featuring on my blog soon with one of her projects that she’s recently made. I know she would enjoy this book as much as I would. My 3 year old little girl has special needs and fitting issues. This book would help me to make her some cute, fashionable clothing that fit her perfectly. Thank you so much for the give away.

  9. Barbara Mozdy says:

    I would love to have this book, as I have four granddaughters that I want to sew for reasonably, and need their mothers to see that refashioning does not mean shabby clothes, but rather chic fashion. Thanks for your consideration.

  10. Jolane Korson says:

    OMGness!! This book is for ME! I have been trying since my little lady was born to up-cycle her clothes from my boys’ clothes. 😉 They always still look like ‘something I made.’ Then there are my boys who always feel left out. “Why don’t you make stuff for me?” I don’t have a clue where to start for them. Several of my military chapel wives love what I do and have asked me to help them. So, occasionally, I have them over and show them how to start. My feeling is that there is no sense in filling landfills with boys’ holey jeans, when we can use them to make a girl’s skirt!

  11. Sherry Grant says:

    I would love to have this book as inspiration for some homemade gifts for children in my family.

  12. marie keller says:

    I have 4 grand children. Ages 10, 6, 3, and 1. I could really get some use out of this.

  13. Patty Schaeffer says:

    I would love to have this book! I have 11 grandkids ages 20 down to 1 and am just getting back into sewing for kids. I did a lot when my four children were small but ran out of time with work and all of their many activities. Fabric is so expensive these days and I am looking for a way to make them special items, something just for them. I have only four grandsons and they feel a little left out sometimes.. It would be great to surprise them with something special, not just something for the girls. I’m so excited about being able to create clothes again!

  14. As a teacher in a tight budget, I’m always looking for ways to save on clothes. One way is by up cycling clothes for my two daughters, which. I’ve been doing since I knew it was a “thing”. Sadly, I get in a rut when it comes to ideas…I end up doing te same thing over and over again, which is why it’d be nice to have that book so my daughters’ closets can have a bit more “up upcycled variety”!

  15. Sherry says:

    I love refashioning for my granddaughters. This book looks like wonderful inspiration for me.

  16. kathie andrews says:

    enjoy your posts and ideas. please keep upcycling–

  17. Beverly Pearson says:

    Great idea.

  18. I have a great granddaughter who is 2 ears old I would love to start upcycling for… would love to have this!!!!

  19. Nancy Morehouse says:

    I love creating. I love viewing the creativity of others more! It really fills my tank to see people like you, Cynthia and others keep coming up with new ideas for upcycling and refashioning! I’m guessing this book would be another tank filler 🙂

  20. Linda E says:

    I would love to create the one of a kind kid outfits as gifts and to teach the kids the importance of being unique. They can learn to save $ in their piggy banks instead of buying expensive name brands off the rack! Congratulations on reaching the future generation.

  21. 2beekeepers says:

    With 2 Great granddaughters 1 & 4 12, they are always outgrowing their clothes. With mom in college, I like to help out when I can. As a family who is interested in reuse and recycling, this book would be a great asset. I have been sewing for 0ver 50 years and don’t see an end in sight. I enjoy helping my girls make ends meet by making some of the girls clothing.

  22. Savannah says:

    Always looking for time saving ways to outfit my little daughters! Upcycling clothes is so awesome! Thank you for the chance to win!

  23. Patti says:

    I am a grandmother (nonni) to three adorable little kids, I have been a seamstress for 30 years. I have recently decided to begin a blog about recycling clothes for kids. The blog idea is to help my girls with clothing costs, inspire others to recycle by showing it can be done easily and of course showcasing my adorable grandbabies as the models! This book is just the inspiration I need to get started! Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  24. Paige S. says:

    I love upcycling and recycling clothing to save money, be unique, and to fill my creativity need! I have three young kid and love sewing for them, especially my only daughter.

  25. Audrey says:

    We do lots of up cycling for girls! Would love to have this creative book.

  26. I have a little one who loves it when I make us matching outfits. She is two and a half. Soon she isn’t going to want to match mommy and I want to make her happy without breaking the bank.

  27. April C Turner says:

    I used to upcycle 20 years ago before I knew it had a name. Once my daughter came along, I quite sewing all together, since it is just me and my daughter, I could not find the time. She is six now and at 4 and half feet tall and counting. She is growing so fast and I can’t afford new things and sometimes “thrifty” is not in our budget, so I am trying to get back into the sewing game. I have taught my daughter some simple sewing techniques and I can’t wait to show her how to repurpose some of her clothes with pride and appreciation. I would love to enjoy this book with her, so that we can work on projects together.

  28. sarah says:

    I would love this book to create things for my own kids and all the wonderful nieces and nephews in our lives. 🙂 I love creative projects and repurposing.

  29. Judy Hodges says:

    Love making kids’ clothes

  30. I love seeing the newest projects! The idea of kids clothes being recycled fits right in with this Nana helping clothe 8 grandkids! What a way to economize and to provide “new” clothes for them!

  31. Rebecca says:

    I love to upcycle. I have made a few things this way and am always looking for new ideas. My daughter loves to create new things as too. Our recent efforts were for her Halloween costume. It is made from two sweaters and other odds and ends. She is 8 and loves creating things so this is something we do together. Sometimes she is “done” before I or the project is, but I adore the time spent with her making memories that will last me a life time. (I hope when she is older she remembers it fondly as well)

  32. Shawnalee says:

    My daughters are 11 and 13. We’ve done a great deal of upcycling together over the years. It’s been a great way to teach them to sew and to help them realize that you don’t have to just accept what’s available in the market; you can make things that fit you, your style, and your budget. This book looks like one that would result in awesome parent/child (or grandparent/child) collaborations!

  33. Mary Redeker says:

    I’d love to see how simple it is to take an unwanted child’s garment and turn it into a treasure. I get compliments on my clothes when I remake a used garment into something that looks chic or classy and wear it. I’m less creative with used clothing for our grandchildren. I’d love to see some new ideas on refashions. It would be fun to have a book like this…full of style and money saving ideas. When it comes to wanting the book, I’m in so I can up-cycle for our grandchildren!

  34. Valerie says:

    We are grandparents to a soon to be adorable 2-year-old precious little girl. Her mother loves vintage, antiques and all thungs repurposed as do I. I would love to begin making her some cute clothes that are one of a kind.

  35. Lisa Kader says:

    I am an avid upcycler with four kids and I could really use this book to extend their wardrobes. I have two fairy princesses who love flowers and embellishments; my oldest daughter just got her own machine and has started upcycling tops. This book would help us to do projects together. I hope you pick me !

  36. Teresa Berry says:

    I would love to make nice things for my grandchildren, I think I need this book.

  37. jenyjenny says:

    Looks like a wonderful book with fresh ideas! Thank you Beth, for making the offer!

  38. Kyle says:

    I love to sew dresses for my two granddaughters, the almost 4 year old loves to wear only dresses so I keep busy keeping her closet full! I would love this book for inspiration and ideas!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!! Now I better get back to sewing😊

  39. Liza Kirschner says:

    This looks like an amazing book and I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

  40. Lori Felizzi says:

    Is it possible for me to change the email address I am having this sent to?


  41. Barbara says:

    I am a preschool teacher who loves to sew, loves to upcycle clothing, and loves to help my students learn to recreate.

  42. I wanna’ use ALL my collected fabric, yard sale finds, and thrift store bargains to make quilts, summer and winter clothing for all my grandchildren! I obviously need this great book of ideas to kick start my creative process! I, too, love the ivory one!

  43. Vicki says:

    I could put this book to great use. I enjoy sewing, I am very frugal, love to be creative, I have 17 grandchildren, love to help them with their limited budgets to feel special, and it would inspire me with great ideas! I truly enjoy following your blog and share links to your projects with my daughter and others.

  44. Myra Thor says:

    I always love to up cycle but need new ideas! Yes I would also love this book! Thanks

  45. Sarah says:

    I would love this book. I’m always on the lookout for ways to upcycle and refashion things for my three little ones.

  46. bowsnbutterflies says:

    I have an 8yo and 10 yo girls who have clothes they have outgrown but I am always trying to find ways to reuse and upscale them into new creations! This book would be a great resource and inspiration!

  47. Pam says:

    I would love to win this book for my sister, who inspires me to be a better person, including being more frugal.

  48. Monica Leonardo says:

    I just got The Refashion Handbook yesterday and I can’t put it down! I want more!

  49. smenzmer says:

    I would love to win this book so my ten year old and I could learn to recycle old clothing together. We have a great thrift shop near by–just need to learn how to use it and make things to fit her tastes and body!

  50. Jean C. says:

    I have a granddaughter that would love the ideas in this book! Her mom is really into recycling clothing, as she is making dresses for her daughter out of old shirts my son wore. What’s not to like! Thanks for letting me enter.

  51. Tracye says:

    I would love to win this book because I have 2 granddaughters that are 4 and 7 years old that I make a lot of cute things for. A lot of times the 4 year old gets ham-me-downs from the 7 year old so having this book I ‘ m sure would give me a lot of cute ides. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

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