Oxfam Fashion Show during London Fashion Week

On Monday 18th February we hosted our second Fashion Fighting Poverty Catwalk show as part of London Fashion Week. We wanted to showcase how Oxfam is part of the solution to fast fashion by giving clothes a second chance to be sold and preventing them ending up in landfill.

Here at Oxfam we never lose sight of the reason we sell fashion, which is to raise money to help the world’s poorest people. A £10 dress can provide clean water for 10 people in an emergency.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

Supermodels and music stars hit the catwalk for Oxfam show during London Fashion Week.

Bella Freud and Nayara Santos De Oliveira in Oxfam’s Fashion Fighting Poverty Show 2019. Image: Chris Yates/Oxfam

Top models Stella Tennant, Daisy Lowe, Lottie Moss and Yasmin Le Bon were joined on the catwalk by super-cool designer Bella Freud and music stars Emeli Sandé and Una Healy.

Yasmin Le Bon and Malaika Firth in Oxfam’s Fashion Fighting Poverty Show 2019. Image: Chris Yates/Oxfam

All the models were styled in Oxfam clothes, selected from the Oxfam Online Shop and Oxfam high street shops by Vogue Contributing Editor Bay Garnett. You can shop the catwalk  here:

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From Waste to a Work of Art: Ideas for Upcycling Textiles

Have you ever wondered what to do with a lovely piece of clothing or home furnishing fabric after it reaches the end of its useful life? There really is no need to throw it away, it can be recycled into something beautiful, not only giving you a piece of art for your home but also an enjoyable activity in the process of creating it. Can’t part with old clothes, or simply can’t find the right material for your creation? Why not try your local Oxfam?

Look out for striking colours, patterns and texture in materials or clothing to add interest to your creation. Not only does it spare you the expense of buying new materials but you are also supporting those in need. Here are a few artists that use textiles in their art work to inspire you!

David Agenjo specialises in layering texture and colour with a focus on the human body. This school lesson plan  on Collaboroo  explores art with materials and textures inspired by David and shows how a self-portrait can be created using upcycled fabrics and paint.

Louise Baldwin is a textile artist known for her combination of found imagery, colour and domestic packaging used alongside fabric to create rich wall hangings. She doesn’t plan her design in advance, instead adding layers and manipulating and sewing them until they look right. You can see Louise’s work on The Sixty Two Group of
textile artists
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Mandy Patullo uses collage techniques in textile art. She is particularly interested in patching and piecing together fabrics or using paper ephemera and layering in her printmaking. She follows her own ‘thread and thrift’ vision by sourcing vintage fabrics and quilts to recycle into her own work.

Bethan Ash creates bold, bright and eye-catching pieces inspired by relatable social and popular culture including consumer goods combined with abstract ideas.

Jo Deeley is a textile artist who works with different textures and methods to create sculptural shapes and designs. She incorporates 3D designs into her work using traditional methods including weaving, knitting, plaiting and knotting, as well as more unconventional techniques like folding and pressing fabric.

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Top tips for upcycling fabric into art

  • Follow your instincts. There are no rules ­­­- you can combine your fabric with any other mediums and fix as you like using glue, staples or stitching.
  • Gather a variety of different textiles before you begin your creation. Old clothes and textiles from your wardrobe or your local Oxfam is a good place to start. Try asking at the till to see if they have any fabrics that would be heading to textile recycling that you could buy for a cheaper rate.
  • Look out for interesting trims, threads, buttons and fastenings to add interest to textile collages. Check the Homewares section of your local Oxfam or Oxfam Online Shop too for extra sewing supplies and crafting materials.
  • Consider different ways of manipulating textiles to create your art work. Gathering, shredding and fraying, knotting, plaiting, folding and layering will help you to create a 3D piece of art.
  • Use a sketch book to draft out your ideas before you begin but you don’t have to replicate your initial images – a piece of art can develop as you work on it.

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Having a Spring Clear-Out: My Tips for a Clutter

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Having a Spring Clear-Out: My Tips for a Clutter Free Home using the KonMari Method

I’ve long been a bit of a hoarder and quite messy by nature, but I’m trying to change (honest!). If anything, I’ve come to realise that getting rid of stuff feels really good. Last year, I jumped on the Marie Kondo bandwagon. Marie Kondo is the queen of tidying up, and developed the KonMari Method. In short, you’re encouraged to work your way through each room of your house, tackling different categories of items you own (clothing, paperwork, books…) and asking yourself, if each item ‘sparks joy’. An old pair of boots no longer sparking joy? Out they go!

I can’t say I followed the method by the rules. I didn’t personally thank each item before setting it free (as is part of the KonMari method) but I did ask myself if I really needed all this stuff. I managed to create six bin bags full of things I no longer needed, no longer used or I had lost interest in. I spent some time reorganising my rickety IKEA wardrobe, and again, I didn’t follow the rules of putting items in colour order, but just folding my clothes and putting everything into some sort of order felt
GOOD!

Bag of clothing that will be donated.

But old habits die hard, and I had all of these bin bags sitting in my living room for (I’m ashamed to say) months. But now we’re well into the new year, one by one, I’ve taken them all to my local Oxfam shop. What I didn’t realise before, is that you now get given a green label to stick on each donation bag – your Gift Aid donation number, name and postcode are added to it, and when your items sell you get an email to say how much money your items raised. You can also track your Gift Aid through the Oxfam Apptoo!   I admit, I got a bit of a buzz out of that email, knowing that some of my items were now ‘sparking joy’ elsewhere, and now I’m putting aside more things to donate. At this rate, I’m not going to
have anything left!

Want to join Sarah in starting a clutter-free life? Find your local Oxfam shop or donation point here  or donate to your local M&S for some loyalty card goodies
You can also get some declutter inspiration from another of our amazing Oxfam Fashion bloggers, Colleen,
here.

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Six Ways to Wear Vintage Style This Spring

Spring is just around the corner and contrary to popular belief, that doesn’t mean you have to kit yourself out in head to toe florals. I’ve put together a few different outfits from the Oxfam Shop that combine vintage with modern pieces and colour blocking with layering. Scroll down for inspiration on dressing for this transitional season.

Pinstripe Trousers and Brouges

[outfit 1 – #foundinoxfam on Oxfam Online Shop] D&G trousers – £45, I-SHUS shoes – £14.99, Velvet 90s jumper – £9.99, Burberrys beret – £36.99, Cambridge satchel – £80

Pinstripe trousers are probably one of my biggest vices in life…I can’t stop buying them! I love how they have that smart casual vibe going on and look good with both clean trainers and smarter shoes. I went for a red and monochrome colour scheme here so I could involve these incredible patent pointed brogues, which have a relaxed androgynous feel them – and of course, the Burberry beret, which definitely brings some Parisian chic to the outfit.

[outfit 2- #foundinoxfam on Oxfam Online Shop] Vintage 70s suede contrast jacket – £40, vintage 90s Hobbs pink dress – £34.99, Timberland ivory boots – £50, fringe boots – £11.99, pink baker boy cap – £9.99
I always gravitate towards 70s styles and the 60s mod look. This outfit is a combination of the two, with the baker boy hat and laced up knee high Timberland boots. I didn’t know Timberland did this particular style until now, although I’m thinking it could be a vintage pair which explains why they don’t look familiar. I know there’s two types of footwear here but I decided that both looked equally as great and couldn’t choose which to go for! The coat is beyond stunning with its unique cowhide contrast design, and I think the pastel slip dress would also pair
well with a popped collared shirt underneath it.

[outfit 3 – #foundinoxfam on Oxfam Online Shop] vintage 90s Aquascutum coat – £150, vintage turquoise dress (part of set) – £49.99, Radley bag – £95, 925 silver turquoise bangle – £17.99, M&S loafer mules – £12.99

I think this ensemble definitely has super fresh Spring feel to it. I chose a focused but bright colour palette with slip on loafers for a look that could be worn to work or around town. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a lemon yellow coat before, nor have I seen many around, so this is definitely a keeper.  It’s like wearing a little slice of sunshine.

[outfit 4 – #foundinoxfam on Oxfam Online Shop] Gucci hat – £100, vintage M&S kilt skirt – £19.99, Celite Collection bag – £100,  St Michales camisole – £2.99, M&S patent brogues – £16.99, Burberry trench coat – £60

I adore so many pieces in this outfit! The Gucci bucket hat, although pricey, creates a fantastic complimentary clash with the Made In England tartan skirt. I couldn’t pair this combination with anything other than a Burberry trench coat – which has to be one of the most versatile items ever. Although you don’t have to dish out for Burberry, I checked the price on second hand coats and was surprised to find you can get hold of one for about £60, which is actually really affordable. The chunky maroon brogues are a lot like a pair I have at home but I was particularly drawn
to  them because of the tan strip that so perfectly coordinates with the bag, hat and top (which I would tuck into the skirt).

[outfit 5 – #foundinoxfam on Oxfam Online Shop] After Six orange maxi dress – £54.99, mosaic earrings – £5.99, Ted Baker shoes – £50, white clutch bag – £5.99.
I wanted to move away from Streetwear styles and pick out some of the more unusual, feminine pieces in the Oxfam shop. These earrings just had to be featured, one way or another, and I happened to find this stunning Spring/Summer maxi dress to compliment them perfectly. I don’t usually wear heels myself, but I felt like this dress wouldn’t look right without some elevated shoes – and these ones couldn’t be any more perfect with their orange contrasting straps.

[outfit 6 – #foundinoxfam on Oxfam Online Shop] Navy cross body bag – £8.99, M&S hat – £9.99, Burberry Prorsum leather loafers – £95, vintage 90s skirt – £60, vintage 90s Joseph Ribcoff t shirt – £34.99)

And finally – out of all 6, this is probably one of the outfits I would find the easiest to wear. The 90s maxi skirt is exactly what I’ve been looking for (although I do think you need the front slit to loosen the look). The tassel t shirt is also very 90s, and these chunky Burberry wedge loafers are pretty much my dream shoes. A big wide rimmed hat is the perfect accessory to add some grandeur (and sun protection) which I would pair with a choker necklace or two.

Written by Rebecca Linnard RSSLinkedIn

Becca Linnard is a fashion columnist, content creator and vintage clothing enthusiast with a deep passion for travel. When she isn’t sifting through vintage treasures, Becca provides press coverage for music festivals, gigs and exhibitions alongside conducting band interviews. 

Becca currently works for Brag Vintage,  an online vintage clothing retailer specialising in branded denim and unique, one off pieces. Follow them here:  Twitter Facebook RSS

 

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Simplicity in Silk – How to Style a Silk Blouse

Recently I found a beautiful pure silk blouse in my local Oxfam store on Bold Street in Liverpool. I instantly knew how I would wear it – my incredibly comfortable cropped straight jeans and loafers. The simplicity of this outfit is perfect for a casual day at home. The first time I wore this I was at home studying…cat by my side and fire warming my feet (thinking about aesthetics here). The pure silk falls beautifully and is so soft. I would say I felt pretty smart – the buttoned-up style and collar with
the elegant material creates the illusion of being dressed up (even when you replace the jeans for flared black trousers and you’re giving off a classic casual ’70s look which is always a yes from me).

Another look you could go for is pairing the blouse and cropped jeans with skinny ankle boots and some tights – I am constantly considering layers with this sharp winter weather. I love layering in winter as it not only looks great but it means it is easier to reuse your favourite pieces throughout the year.

Whilst writing this article I was planning social media for a Clothes Swap event run by Just Love Liverpool, a branch of the NGO Just Love UK. This organisation aims to spread awareness about social injustices such as slavery, sex trafficking and homelessness as well as raising awareness of how to be more ethical and sustainable, including when it comes to thinking about what we wear. I was reflecting on the incredible way in which reusing clothes is not only helping our environment – did you know that ‘UK households binned 300,000 tonnes of clothing in 2016‘?  but it is also causing us the evaluate questions such as how are our clothes being made? Where are they coming from? These questions I have found are being asked more and more as we have seen an increase in the number of social media pages now devoted to ending fast fashion and believing in
alternative ethical and sustainable ways.

If someone asks me where I bought this blouse and I say a charity shop, immediately I’ve got a conversation starter in which to spread awareness of the injustice of slavery. Simply buying a blouse from a charity shop is making a statement that fast fashion is out of hand and there are alternative ways to shop. Charity shopping is fun (how many times have you found the oddest and most random things that probably haven’t seen the light in decades?). But at the same time, we can be activists for so many issues!

A devastating issue that I am passionate about is tackling the gender inequality and utter lack of women rights when we look at the unethical practices of factories focused on producing the cheap t-shirts for example we can purchase on the high streets. “A recent report  by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) revealed that recruiters in southern India convince parents in impoverished rural areas to send their daughters to spinning mills with promises of a well-paid job, comfortable accommodation, three nutritious meals a day and opportunities for training and schooling, as well as a lump sum payment at the end of three years. Their field research shows that “in reality, they are working under appalling conditions that amount to modern day slavery and the worst forms of child labour“.

Isn’t it unfathomable that we are still living in a world where slavery is still a major issue? Over 40 million people are trapped in slavery right now.

Furthermore, with their 12 partners across the world Oxfam interviewed ‘hundreds of women workers and many farm and factory managers, supply chain agents, retail and brand company staff, unions and government officials’. They discovered that ‘Fewer than half of the women employed in Bangladesh’s textile and garment export sector have a contract, and the vast majority get no maternity or health coverage – but 80 per cent fear dismissal if they complain.’

The clothing industry is clearly intertwined with issues of gender inequality. Women are severely devalued and frankly it would seem dehumanised. By charity/vintage shopping and raising awareness at the same time, we can create a huge impact on the clothing industry.

So, this silk blouse from an Oxfam store on a small corner of the world sure can do a lot of loud talking…

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A Day In The Life of An Oxfam Shop Volunteer: Christmas Eve Edition

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A Day In The Life of an Oxfam Shop Volunteer: Christmas Eve Edition

Last year my brother Mark and I returned to our teenage haunt, Oxfam Broad Street, to volunteer on Christmas Eve. We’d both volunteered throughout our teenage years, going in during the school holidays when our Mum volunteered or stopping by for the occasional weekend, so we were excited to go back for a special Christmas shift whilst we were back at the family home.

First of all I stocked up the accessories whilst my brother watched the till on the women’s wear floor (where he supplied very inexpert style advice to unsuspecting customers trying things on). We had a special request from a customer who needed a new pair of leather gloves after leaving hers in a train station the day before. I went on a hunt to try and find a pair in the back room and, after finding around 20 left gloves and no rights, found a pair she was happy with. We chatted with her about her last minute Christmas shopping and she showed us a beautifully illustrated antique
book shed bought from the Oxfam bookshop around the corner from Broad Street. She left happy with her new gloves but not before giving us a huge chunk of fudge that shed got from the local sweet shop earning her the status as my brothers favourite customer ever!

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After a while the volunteer who’d been doing the main till left and Mark took over whilst I went up to the backroom to take a look at the mending that had been left for me. As one of the few volunteers with experience in sewing my visits to Broad Street always involve being presented with a bag of clothes that need a bit of TLC to get them out on the shop floor. I only had a couple of things left for me on this shift. After sewing up a loose button I took a look at a hat which had a band that had become loose. I could tell that it had been glued on in the first place so decided
that super glue was the way to fix it… Five minutes, later after lots of cold water and help from Dage and Simon (the shop managers), I managed to get the super glue tube unstuck from my thumb and returned the hat and still unstuck band back into the donation pile for someone else to try their luck on!

I joined my brother on the downstairs till where Christmas FM was happily filling the ground floor. Mark had managed to find his old till login which had been set up when he was 15. It had a slightly unfortunate winking face 😉 after his name making him feel like his till receipts were flirting with every customer that came in! The shop had a busy excited vibe as people rushed in for last minute wrapping paper, Divine chocolate, Oxfam Unwrapped gifts and quirky presents from the
donated stock. We had a bit of a crisis when we managed to make the till angry with us so we couldn’t do anything on it and the queue of customers started to back up across the shop. After a bit of panic Simon came to save us and I sent Mark upstairs with half the customers to use my login on the women’s wear till whilst me and Simon got through the other half downstairs.

Just before our shift ended the town security walkie-talkie burst into life and we heard the staff from the Superdrug around the corner start singing ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ to all the shop staff in Oxford working the Christmas Eve shift.

We had a great day volunteering at Oxfam and I’d really encourage anyone to go in and volunteer (Santa hats optional!). Whether just for Christmas – to help sort stock, tidy the shop floor, schedule some festive social media or great a Christmassy display – or to get involved for longer, you’re sure to be welcomed at Oxfam. Many of the shops have already started their Christmas windows so I challenge you to tackle their creativity in your local Oxfam!

 

Merry Christmas everybody!

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My Top Tips for Newbie Fashion Charity Shoppers

I have been charity shopping for years now, and for a long time I would avoid the clothing rails altogether. It seems ludicrous now, but I never had much luck finding anything I liked, or perhaps I wasn’t as open minded back then. These days, I make sure I check every part of the shop and consequently I’ve come away with some great finds!

My first rule of thumb is to skim past all of the ex-Primark, supermarket brands – my reasoning being that these pieces were cheap to begin with, so why pay the same price for secondhand? Secondly, check all areas – that’s right, men’s and women’s clothing. All items can be altered relatively cheaply, buttons can be replaced, holes darned and zips fixed. What you’re looking for is well made pieces (you can’t go wrong with 100% cotton, wool or leather if you wear it…) in prints that you love with no dodgy stains or marks that you’ll never be able to
get out.

Finally, bonus points if you have items in mind that you’d love to find so that you have some focus when you go shopping. Pinterest is perfect for saving images of different looks and items of clothing you like, and I keep a fantasy shopping list in the notes on my phone. Of course, with charity shopping you never know what you’ll find, but persevere and go in every charity shop you come across. I have a thing for coats and jackets so I always look for those. My collection is growing a little out of hand, but I have now ticked-off all of the styles I was looking for.

Unfortunately, while most women my age are taking their styling inspiration from Kate Moss and Alexa Chung, it occurred to me that I look like I’ve been watching one too many episodes of Only Fools and Horses and have every coat and jacket as seen on Del-Boy and Rodney Trotter.

 

 

Credit picture 1: Daily Mail / Credit Picture 2:  Birmingham Mail



It began with the flannel shirt. Plaid shirts are another growing collection of mine, and I love this particular shirt as it’s thick enough to wear as a lightweight jacket and I love the bison logo on the label! A steal for £3. What I thought was a nineties grunge staple á la Judd Nelson punching the air at the end of The Breakfast Club, turned out to be reminiscent of Rodney’s lumberjack coat.

 



Then along came the £10 shearling wool coat. I had been hunting for one for years but every one I came across previously was far too big or far too expensive.  What I thought was the perfect seventies winter coat, is actually perfect for channelling your inner Del Boy selling wind-up barking dogs out of a suitcase on the high-streets of Peckham.

 



Finally, the £7 camo jacket. I thought a camo jacket would be a great “Oh, this old thing?!” jacket to throw on over a t-shirt, and would look great with a pop of colour worn underneath (think Mickey with her bright red swimsuit and camo combo in Netflix’s Love) but it turns out it’s another Rodney Trotter go-to.

I may have left the south-east to live in Manchester, but sartorially I’ll always be a Trotter. But please remember, my name’s not Rodney, it’s Sarah.

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DIY: How to make a Tie Lampshade

I’m sure everybody’s Dad / Granddads’ have a ton of ties, some never used?

This Lampshade is very easy to create, and is perfect for a handmade gift or even for yourself!

 

What you need:

 

– An old lampshade

– A few ties  (Oxfam Online Shop)

– Glue

– Scissors

 


 

1. Firstly, I started measuring the ties to the lampshade and cutting off the excess

 

2. Then, one by one I started to glue the ties to my lampshade, making sure the ‘V’ is just hanging over the edge of your shade. (I used strong Fabric Glue and tiny bits of Super Glue)

 

3. After this, Leave your  glue to dry (around 1hr)

4. Finally, depending on how you want your shade to look, you can add some other fabric like lace around the top to neaten up where the ties have been cut!

 

And there you have it, your handmade Tie Lampshade!

 

 

With the leftover bits of ties that had been chopped off I decided to put them to good use experiment and make another lampshade.

 

What You Need:

– Left Over Tie Cut Offs

– Glue

– A lampshade

 

1. I got all the ties together and measured them around the lampshade to make sure they fit snug. If they are a little big I cut them to size(remembering the lampshade is not all the same size and usually gets bigger towards the bottom..make sure you do measure before you start to glue)

 

2. I Then started to wrap the ties around the lampshade making sure the V is glued on top of the raw edge

 

3. Carry on repeating this process all way down to the bottom of the lampshade using the same glue as before.  And before you know it you have 2 Up-Cycled Unusual Handmade Lampshades!!

 

Share all your creations with us @OxfamFashion #foundinoxfam

Post written by Leah Topham, volunteer at Oxfam Batley where she helps upcycle the clothes. She’s written this series called ‘Rags to Riches’ where she lets us in on her DIY secrets. You can also check out her last one ‘How to make some Lace Bottom Tailored Trousers’Shop With Oxfam Online

A Pop-Up Halloween Surprise from Oxfam’s Festival Shop Team

by Oxfam Fashion volunteer Maddi Ruiz

The festival season is over but that is not reason for our Oxfam Festival Shop Team to settle back. As the most terrifying day of the year is approaching, and people are desperately looking for the perfect costume, Oxfam has stepped forward and set a small pop-up shop in London.

pop up shop decoration

Located in Boxpark, a small and cosy shopping centre in the arty Shoreditch area, you have the chance to find genuine treasures. I greatly enjoyed volunteering there for a few hours. It was a real pleasure to be surrounded of absolutely lovely, precious and especially, unique clothing! Going charity shopping is the only way you will find that uniqueness you are looking for as you will rarely find two same items.

 

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All these clothes displayed are brought from our Oxfam Wastesaver in Batley, West Yorkshire. You will be able to find assorted outfits, second-hand or brand-new, cashmere or also luxurious brands like Burberry or Christian Lacroix. From dark and Gothic dresses, to red devil or even shiny and glamorous look, all of them donated to Oxfam. Not only that but accessories like hats or wigs are also available! They have
all been carefully selected by our volunteers for an occasion like Halloween.


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We raised around £4.000 last year and we intend to beat that number with your help, fighting the poverty all together.

If you still haven’t got your fancy dress for this Halloween come around, and we will help you with last minute costume ideas. You can find us from Tuesday 24th until Sunday 29th of October 2017 in unit 26 of Boxpark Shoreditch. Don’t miss this opportunity!

 

Remember to share all your findings with us @oxfamfashion #foundinoxfam

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How to make a terrifying cushion for Halloween

By Cassie of cassiefairy.com

Bring a touch of Halloween fun into every room of the house this October by adding some custom-made soft furnishings. This project will help you to turn a t-shirt with a spooky design into a throw pillow to make your sofa look spooky or your bedroom more bonkers.

Pick up a tee at a charity shop or, if your little ones have outgrown last year’s Halloween costume, you could recycle the fabric. This ghoulish cushion will bring a touch of scariness to your autumn décor or can be used to create a gothic look in your home all year round.

You will need: A t-shirt with spooky design, scissors, matching thread, needle or sewing machine, pins, cushion pad.



  1. Iron the t-shirt flat and lay your cushion pad on top of the design.

 

  1. Use the edges of the cushion pad as a guide to cut up one side of the t-shirt.

 

  1. Fold the t-shirt in half down the centre and then cut along the other side in line with the first cut.

 

  1. Unfold and use the cushion pad to determine the top line of the fabric and trim across

 

  1. Fold in half width-wise and trim across the bottom – this piece will be the front of your cushion

How to make a cushion case

  1. Create an ‘envelope’ opening for the back of the cushion by using fabric from the back of the t-shirt.

 

  1. Use the hemmed bottom edge as the top envelope flap and cut a piece that’s half he width of the front piece.
  1. Use the rest of the fabric to cut a piece that’s 2/3rds of the front piece.

 

  1. Layer the fabric pieces with the design facing up, then the smaller hemmed piece (with hem across the centre of the design), with the 2/3rds piece on top.

 

  1. Pin around all the edges then straight-stitch around the edges with matching thread. You could use a sewing machine or hand-stitch the three layers together.

 

  1. Turn the cushion cover right-side out and stuff with the cushion pad.

 


You can make a few cushions in a variety of colours and designs to create a soft-yet-scary corner on your sofa, or throw one onto your guest bed to scare visitors when they come to stay over Halloween!

Have a go and share your creations with us @OxfamFashion #foundinoxfam

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