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

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 –


By |2017-02-06T09:18:41-07:00February 23rd, 2011|review|84 Comments


  1. randi February 23, 2011 at 6:42 am

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

  2. Jennifer February 23, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Oh, I’ve love to have this book!

  3. Melinda February 23, 2011 at 6:48 am

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

  4. Deonn February 23, 2011 at 6:51 am

    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. Erica Ferguson February 23, 2011 at 6:56 am

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

  6. Marjorie February 23, 2011 at 7:00 am

    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!

  7. Deb February 23, 2011 at 7:02 am

    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. wendy February 23, 2011 at 7:02 am

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

  9. Mickey Kelly White February 23, 2011 at 7:04 am

    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. Sara K. February 23, 2011 at 7:10 am

    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. Gill February 23, 2011 at 7:11 am

    This looks a great book!
    Thank you!

  12. Amy Menges February 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

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

  13. Betty February 23, 2011 at 7:23 am

    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. Chris {frecklemama} February 23, 2011 at 7:38 am

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

  15. Terriaw February 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

    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. Judith Hollies February 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

    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. Rachelle February 23, 2011 at 7:44 am

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

  18. Judith Hollies February 23, 2011 at 7:44 am

    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

  19. angelina February 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I’d love a copy:)

  20. sebbie February 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

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

  21. Nicole February 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

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

  22. Patty February 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

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

  23. Beth February 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

    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. Audrey February 23, 2011 at 8:05 am

    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. Jocelyn February 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

    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. Kathe G February 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

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

  27. DianeY February 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

    That looks like a fun book!

  28. Diana February 23, 2011 at 8:18 am

    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. Brenda February 23, 2011 at 8:19 am

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

  30. MIchelle February 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

    What a neat book!

  31. Tove Leggett February 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

    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. Molly February 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    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. Sophia February 23, 2011 at 9:10 am

    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. Cammie February 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

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

  35. Sarah C February 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

    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. Beverly Atkins February 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

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

  37. Jenn February 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Those projects are great! They look like new items.

  38. Sonia B. February 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Looks awesome. Thanks for the chance!

  39. Lenore February 23, 2011 at 10:52 am

    That looks like a great book with very useful information!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    From the Netherlands

  40. Rachel February 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

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

  41. Melanie February 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

    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. Lynnette February 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

    How creative!!
    nettecan at hotmail dot com

  43. Katherine February 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

    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. Suzanne February 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

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

  45. Jacque February 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    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. pam February 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    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. karen p. February 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

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

  48. Layne (A Gal Who) February 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    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. Lucy February 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    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. Patty Ojeda February 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    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. Sara February 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

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

  52. Lynn February 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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

  53. amy February 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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

  54. Lynnelle February 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    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. Carol February 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    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. Carol February 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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

  57. Kristin February 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    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. Audrey Scarante February 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm

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

  59. Barbara February 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm

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

  60. Deb February 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm

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

  61. Carol February 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm

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

  62. Jill February 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

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

  63. Jenny February 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    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. Elisabeth February 24, 2011 at 1:49 am

    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. Jodi February 24, 2011 at 4:15 am

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

  66. Grace February 24, 2011 at 8:12 am

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

  67. Cami February 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

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

  68. Nikki February 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    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. christi Rhyne February 25, 2011 at 4:38 am

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

  70. Frauke February 25, 2011 at 7:40 am

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

  71. Tammy February 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Super cute book!!

  72. Carla February 25, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    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!

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  74. Lisa February 26, 2011 at 7:47 am

    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. SewLindaAnn February 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

    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. Shannon Wallace February 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    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. Kristie at OCD February 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    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. Kristen February 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    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. Tina Rathbone February 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    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. Kate February 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    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. Muireann February 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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

  82. Victoria Paige February 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

    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. Cassie February 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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

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