After setting up BrawHem earlier this year, it felt appropriate that my New Year’s Resolution would involve sewing, and more specifically, upcycling. So this is my challenge – a whole year of making my own clothes, using only upcycled materials. And you can come along for the (likely rather bumpy) ride. I’ll be sharing my makes, tips for recycling and donating, some easy no-sew upcycling projects you can do at home, and information about reducing the 350,000 tonnes of clothing waste we produce each year.
You can get full details of the challenge and my reasons behind it here, but in brief the rules are:
- No buying clothes from high-street stores.
- I’m allowing myself to buy clothes from a charity shop, only if they’ll be drastically, structurally altered, or turned into something new entirely.
- Anything I can’t sew (I’m thinking knitted things – I can’t knit, at all) I will buy handmade from small businesses.
- No buying fabric from the roll. I will continue to source my fabric from pre-loved items – bedsheets, curtains, tablecloths, old clothes etc.
- If my other New Year’s resolution of getting healthy works as well, then perhaps I’ll have a lot of clothes that don’t fit. I’ll alter these clothes so they do fit.
It’s all kicking off in a few days, in the meantime you can see what BrawHem is all about here, and while you’re at it why not give BrawHem a like on Facebook, and/or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive email updates. I’d love to hear about your New Year’s resolutions too, or ideas for reducing clothing waste.
Stay in touch, stay braw!