Everyone knows that I’m an eco-friendly geek and that I love taking previously used items and giving them a new lease on life. And being a sewing geek as well means that I refashion and in general repurpose sewn items as much as I can.
This is great because by doing this I save money by not buying new fabric (for those of you who don’t sew, fabric is usually not cheap) and I help the environment by using something unused and thus saving it from the landfill AND avoiding having to buy a new product, with all the environmental harm that it implies.
But there’s another cool thing about repurposing fabric: you can sometimes reuse parts of the original sewn item to your advantage. Refashioning is like a big brainteaser to me. I love the challenge of figuring out how incorporate the original design, shape and fabric into something new. One way that I frequently do this is by reusing the hems from the original sewn product.
I don’t really love hemming, probably because I really dislike ironing. So if I can get away with using a pre-sewn hem so that I don’t have to do it myself, I’m always thrilled! Are you ready to save time in your sewing? Then continue reading on to find out how to reuse existing hems when sewing from a sewing pattern!