Sewing patterns for recycling

Recycling your old super soft t-shirts, leggings and vests into undies is good to do for lots of reasons


Remember you can use ANY LINGERIE pattern once the fabric you are using meets the pattern recommendations i.e. the stretch and thickness.  i.e. you may have beautiful stretch denim you want to reuse but it won't be a comfortable undie.


Here are my go- to patterns for up cycling.


1. The Anaïs Undies Pattern by Closet Core Patterns.

This pattern is perfect for scrap busting and colour blocking which is fun and means you can use up the pieces of fabric that won't make a full brief.

Link -Closet Core


2. The Acacia underwear pattern by Megan Nielsen.

This pattern is my go to basic brief. For recycling it is perfect when you have a few garments to use as there are only 3 pieces in the pattern - front, back and gusset meaning you will need bigger pieces of fabric. 

Link - Megan Nielsen


3. Tuesday Boyshort by Emerald Erin

A simple boy short that's quick to make and fun to wear. Similar to the Acacia it is not as simple to colour block at the Anaïs. 

Link - Emerald Erin


4. The Axis Tank by Sophie Hines

I love this pattern, it is a structured crop / tank top which is a very fun make and used some smaller pieces. So you can colour block!

Link - Sophie Hines 


Normally I batch make undies using a pattern like Acacia or the Tuesday boy short that has larger pattern pieces that use larger pieces of fabric. Then with the bigger scraps I make Anaïs undies and use the rest for gussets.   




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