The 100% wool upcycled tweed skirt… what can you make?

February 25, 2013

For a bit of fun I decided to see what I could make from the one of those pleated tweed tartan wool skirts, which I traditionally think of older ladies wearing… frustratingly I didn’t take a picture before I started!

Naturally I started with unpicking all the seams/darts at which point my daughter begged for me for a skirt in the style of the original skirt.. (I sewed back in the pleats!)


It’s not the most pratical skirt for a 5 year old as dry clean only, but I have a suspicion she won’t wear it often!

The remaining fabric was felted it in the washing machine (running through on the 90 degree cycle) to create a lovely soft fabric. With my slight current obsession with recycled bags I of course set too and made one:)

Upcycled tweed skirt

Upcycled tweed skirt

I was left with two odd shaped and small pieces of fabric. What next? A small make up bag, pin cushion, flower broach, decorated hair pin, book cover? In the end I decided on projects I have been meaning to make for a while..


The finish on this pincushion recycled jar is far from professional, good job I was not planning on adding them to my Etsy shop then!!


I am far happier with my E-Book cover 🙂


and lastly a flower corsage. What would you make??

I have shared this on Handmade Monday over at Handmade Harbour, why not check out the other lovely items people have added?

11 comments so far.

11 responses to “The 100% wool upcycled tweed skirt… what can you make?”

  1. Wendy says:

    I love that you got all those things from one skirt! That is superb upcycling!

  2. Lovely creations from just one skirt! Just shows what can be done with a little thought 🙂

  3. suth2 says:

    I love seeing old items being given a new life or in this case several new lives.:-)

  4. Wow, what lovely creations and all from one old skirt! I particularly love the bag – so pretty.

  5. Gertie says:

    Just goes to show what you can do with an old skirt. Love what you’ve done.

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