ReSew: turn thrift-store finds into fabulous designs :: Review

Posted on February 23rd, by Amy in review. 84 comments

I am honored to be included in another great blog tour going on right now, for ReSew!

Author and friend Jenny Wilding Cardon has pooled all her thrifting and re-fashioning knowledge into one fabulous book!  Her introduction gives you a glimpse into her fun personality, and why she likes to ReSew.

Jenny shares her personal methods for thrift shopping — like keeping a running list, and open mind while shopping.  The best part about ReSewing is – when you ReSew, your creation is always one-of-a-kind, and perfectly suited for you!  Jenny also has “Design Diversions” for each project, to encourage your personal creativity.

Jenny’s projects are simple yet detailed, and the instructions are flawless.  A new sewist will be equally excited by these projects, as someone more experienced as well.  Take a look :

The dress above she shows you how to take a sheet and men’s shirts and make a fun dress.  With the men’s shirts, there’s no need to sew buttons or buttonholes into your garment!

Each of the projects, has a list of Jenny’s fiber facts, the number of pieces needed, and what you should look for while shopping, including fiber content and recommended sizes.  Also included, many “Retip” sections within the patterns to teach you sewing basics like, making casings, inserting elastic, making your piece a custom fit, sewing with wool and dealing with imperfect pieces, really too many to list!

This tote is made from men’s pants, and embellished with buttons.

Jenny has taken refashioning to a whole new level!  She has 20 projects including shirts, skirts, dresses, bags, scarf and hat set, a quilt, rug and even a child’s toy!  There is something for everyone in this book, and it will definitely get you thinking creatively about your wardrobe.  I really love how useful this book is – I need to look through my own closet for items to ReSew!  I think this is a great book for many of you that already quilt, and would love to learn to sew garments!

You can purchase ReSew on Amazon right now, or make sure that you are following my blog, and comment to be entered to win a copy, right here!  I will announce one winner Monday, February 28.

Good Luck –


84 thoughts on “ReSew: turn thrift-store finds into fabulous designs :: Review

  1. 1
    randi says:

    this looks like a really fun book. i always love thrifting! :)

  2. 2
    Jennifer says:

    Oh, I’ve love to have this book!

  3. 3
    Melinda says:

    This sounds like a cute book! I don’t sew anywhere near enough clothes…

  4. 4
    Deonn says:

    Amy, this looks like a wonderful book to have on hand! Love her ideas! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of my own.

  5. 5
    Erica Ferguson says:

    This book definitely looks like a must have for the crafting library!

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    Marjorie says:

    I saw a similar book recently, but love these designs you posted even more. Hmmmm just what I need, another excuse to hit the thrift stores!

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    Deb says:

    Now THAT’S my kind of book! I have oodles of thrifted clothes all washed and ready to turn into something different!

    Great giveaway!

  8. 8
    wendy says:

    Looks like a great book, I hate throwing things away.

  9. 9

    What a neat looking book ; thanks for the chance to win it Amy ! I have a variety of shirts I collected from goodwill 1/2 off sales !!

  10. 10
    Sara K. says:

    This book would be PERFECT for me!!! We go Thrift Store shopping ALL the time!! Thank you for sharing this book with us and thank you for the chance to win a copy :)

  11. 11
    Gill says:

    This looks a great book!
    Thank you!

  12. 12
    Amy Menges says:

    Your review has gotten me excited about trying more re-sew projects. I’d love a copy of the book!

  13. 13
    Betty says:

    Great job on the book. I love to freecycle and shop at thrift stores as well as yard saleing. So I could use this book to know what items to find and buy.

  14. 14

    This is so interesting! It looks like a great book for opening up your mind and trying new techniques. Thanks for sharing!

  15. 15
    Terriaw says:

    what a cool idea for a book! I am always at a loss for how to repurpose clothes I don’t wear anymore, so this would be a great reference to have near my closet when I’m cleaning out. Thanks for sharing!

  16. 16

    Resew sounds fun! I love recycling fabrics into new things & have always wanted to try making clothes. Sounds like a great buy and definitely one for today’s thrifty thinking. Judith xo

  17. 17
    Rachelle says:

    What a fun book, thanks for the chance to win. I am a follower.

  18. 18

    Resew sounds fun! I love recycling fabrics, great to have some new ideas, especially making clothes. A great book for today’s thrifty thinking. Judith xo

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    angelina says:

    I’d love a copy:)

  20. 20
    sebbie says:

    Following you on google reader. That book looks fantastic, I’d love to share it with my craft group.

  21. 21
    Nicole says:

    Looks like a fun book. Thanks for the chance to win. Good luck everyone.

  22. 22
    Patty says:

    I have repurposed for years. I am glad it now fashionable. I would love to have new ideas. Thank you.

  23. 23
    Beth says:

    I am on my way over!!! I am having fun on your blog tour :). Hoping my luck hasn’t run out…I just won a copy of ReSew this week over at her Wildcards blog and I couldn’t be more excited!!
    Happy Wednesday!

  24. 24
    Audrey says:

    This is such a great idea! I have been enjoying sewing some clothes for me, and this is a much cheaper alternative to buying new fabric!

  25. 25
    Jocelyn says:

    I am thrift shopper and am always looking for things that can be re-purposed. This book looks awesome. I am a follower of your blog :-) Thanks!

  26. 26
    Kathe G says:

    What a neat book! And so appropriate in this time of our lives. Would love to win this. Thanks.

  27. 27
    DianeY says:

    That looks like a fun book!

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    Diana says:

    This book looks wonderful and I’d love to win. We’ve been a family of recyclers before it was fun so we appreciate the idea of making something nice to wear or use. Thanks.

  29. 29
    Brenda says:

    I am a follower and would love to win this to share with a couple of my grown daughters.

  30. 30
    MIchelle says:

    What a neat book!

  31. 31
    Tove Leggett says:

    Interesting ideas , its so easy to get wraped up in life and forget about all the fabrics with already have around us and to look at the thrift store

  32. 32
    Molly says:

    I always thought my sister invented this concept! She will buy a man’s suit at the Goodwill and turn it into a sharp little outfit to wear to a wedding reception. Or she will take her old prom dress and turn it into a bathing suit cover up! Love this idea and I would love this book. The closest thing I’ve come to remaking an outfit is when I took an old bridesmaid dress and made bathroom curtains from the lace.

  33. 33
    Sophia says:

    I would love this book. Now that I will be a stay at home mom I hope to be better about shopping a thrift stores.

  34. 34
    Cammie says:

    What a great idea for a book! I’m terrified of sewing clothes, but this might alleviate the fear.

  35. 35
    Sarah C says:

    This is great! I follow your blog, and look forward to seeing what this book has to offer! I really like re-purposed and sewing… what’s better than combining them? Re-sew = great!

  36. 36
    Beverly Atkins says:

    What a GREAT IDEA and I’d love to see the tips! I’d love to win this one!

  37. 37
    Jenn says:

    Those projects are great! They look like new items.

  38. 38
    Sonia B. says:

    Looks awesome. Thanks for the chance!

  39. 39
    Lenore says:

    That looks like a great book with very useful information!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    From the Netherlands

  40. 40
    Rachel says:

    Very intriguing…I’ve been looking for new ways to repurpose items. This book looks like it’s full of great ideas.

  41. 41
    Melanie says:

    This would be the perfect book for my 16 year old who just came to me last night and said, “Mom, can we turn this sweater into a skirt?” Thanks for the chance!

  42. 42
    Lynnette says:

    How creative!!
    nettecan at hotmail dot com

  43. 43
    Katherine says:

    Wow! Looks like a great book and it’s totally up my alley. I love repurposing. I’m adding this book to my book list!

  44. 44
    Suzanne says:

    I need all the inspiration I can get. This book sounds so promising!

  45. 45
    Jacque says:

    Thrift stores are my shopping mall! This looks like such a great book; lots of super ideas for my bargain finds! Hope I win….thanks for having a giveaway!

  46. 46
    pam says:

    I love these ideas!! I have always been a thriftstore treasure seeker…lately I have really been into the vintage sheets and I have been wanting to make pillow case dresses for Africa,,,,would love to have this book…thanks for the chance!!

  47. 47
    karen p. says:

    I love looking at thrift store items & dreaming up new ideas for them!

  48. 48

    I love this! I have a tub full of thrifted skirts and shirts to “resew” clothes for my grandchildren! This book would really help my idea inspiration!

  49. 49
    Lucy says:

    What a great little book! I’d love a little help to get clothes that fit me well. Definitely going to add to my birthday wish-list!

  50. 50
    Patty Ojeda says:

    I am always trying to find ways to re-thrift everything. Not just in sewing. I think this would be a great book to own! (Of Course, I would love to win this book!)

  51. 51
    Sara says:

    Ooo I would love to win a copy, thanks so much for the generous giveaway!

  52. 52
    Lynn says:

    Looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  53. 53
    amy says:

    Oooo, looks like a fun book, I’d love to win a copy :)

  54. 54
    Lynnelle says:

    What a shame so many of us are part of a throw-away-society, what great way to give old wears a second chance. love the bag!

  55. 55
    Carol says:

    Love the concept– Just what I was looking for and my granddaughter would love it too!! So fun and a good way to learn>

  56. 56
    Carol says:

    Love the whole concept– Great way to get started sewing!!

  57. 57
    Kristin says:

    WoW! I am always so impressed at the creativity needed for ReSewing. Not only does she have that but the ability to have it turn out just the way you want! Brilliant!

  58. 58
    Audrey Scarante says:

    This book is just what I was looking for! Genius!

  59. 59
    Barbara says:

    This book looks wonderful. I love to sew and quilt. Very clever and fun projects.

  60. 60
    Deb says:

    Sounds like a great frugal book. I have you on my google reader.

  61. 61
    Carol says:

    Just found your blog and like what I see! I will be following you so look out!

  62. 62
    Jill says:

    Looks like a fun way to get into garment sewing. Love the tote!

  63. 63
    Jenny says:

    Amy, thank you for such a kind post about the book. I’m so thrilled to hear that everyone is liking the idea behind it. It’s so fun to read these comments! Good luck to all of your entrants and congrats in advance to the winner–I hope she enjoys it!

  64. 64
    Elisabeth says:

    I already do some ReSewing and have a denim skirt waiting for me to change into something nice. However, I need some inspiration and this book sounds like it could give it to me.

  65. 65
    Jodi says:

    Wow, That is creative thinking. This book is going on my shopping list (unless of course I win it).

  66. 66
    Grace says:

    hi that looks fabulous. i love thrift shops and would love to get more ideas for repurposing.

  67. 67
    Cami says:

    …love the review…look forward to getting this book and start some sewing adventures…

  68. 68
    Nikki says:

    You just know there is so much potential at Thrift Stores (or Op Shops as we call them in Australia)… but sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. Some ideas would be great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  69. 69
    christi Rhyne says:

    I have really loved shopping at the thrift shops lately! I would love to have this book to help me out!

  70. 70
    Frauke says:

    sounds like a must-have – I just LOVE thrift shopping!

  71. 71
    Tammy says:

    Super cute book!!

  72. 72
    Carla says:

    Neat book – I’d love to have a copy. I love to go to thrift stores – I never know what I’m going to find. One time there are lots of treasures & the next time there isn’t much.

    Of course I’m a follower. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  73. 73

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  74. 74
    Lisa says:

    This looks like such a neat idea! I would have never even imagined doing something like this and with the increase in cotton prices this might be something I will have to take a hard look at. Reusing thrift store finds is a wonderful idea.

  75. 75
    SewLindaAnn says:

    I wasn’t sure I really was interested in this book, but after reading around the blog tour and seeing the pictures I am putting the book on my wish list at Amazon in case I don’t win one. I’m really feeling the sheet dress, and have just the vintage sheet to make it with!

  76. 76
    Shannon Wallace says:

    Oooohhhh…I’d love to have a copy of your book! I’m not very creative, and your book would be such a blessing to have! I am now a follower…thanks! :o)

  77. 77

    I’m a follower and I would love a copy! I love thrifty projects! I have a tutorial planned this week with recycled wool sweaters :-)

  78. 78
    Kristen says:

    I am new to the world of refashioning. Like I just started, this last week. Who knew all the neat things that you can do? Not this girl, I need someone to show me ;)

  79. 79

    Amy, I’ve enjoyed re-cycling sewing for a long time now. I’d love to win the book and garner some new ideas! Thanks for offering us the chance at it.
    Tina in San Diego

  80. 80
    Kate says:

    Wow! That looks fantastic!! What a great idea. I love sewing but am not always so good with coming with the ideas, so books like this are perfect. Thanks for sharing :)

  81. 81
    Muireann says:

    I’d love to win this book, thanks for the chance!

  82. 82

    I always see things at the thrift store and wonder, how can I go about making that wearable?

    I’d love to see some of the projects in this book :)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  83. 83
    Cassie says:

    This looks like such a neat book! So many people writing awesome books these days. And who doesn’t like to save money!

  84. 84

    […] over the weekend.  Jenny is a fellow author with Martingale, in fact I was on her blog tour for ReSew earlier this winter.  It was so great to get to know Jenny in real life a little […]

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