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A Year of “Re”: Towels Repurposed as a Reversible Jacket

Months 1 and 2 of the Year of “Re” yielded some great results. I reinvented a linen jumpsuit for the first installment and did a remake on a white wrap shirt for the second. Both projects were creatively challenging. Plus, both ended up taking unworn garments and creating new wardrobe options that are now being worn and loved. I was ready for my Month 3 word: repurpose.

I wasn’t sure how the cards would work when I started this journey. But each time I have randomly picked the new card, something pops into my head that sends me off in a direction I may not have thought of without the “re” word prompt. There may come a month down the road when my mind goes blank but, for now, they are working great.

A pair of beach towels repurposed

When “repurpose” presented itself, my thoughts went to a set of towels I had found at the farmer’s market last winter. They are Turkish beach towels that are popular here in Key West, Florida. They are made of double-sided, gauze-type jacquard fabric that dries quickly and folds up easily to fit into a beach tote. The towels come in lovely colors and prints, and choosing just one is really tough. I wasn’t sure whether these would be used as towels or turned into “fabric.”

Double-sided beach towels to be repurposed

Inspired by a quilted jacket pattern

The other inspiration for this month’s “re” project came from Closet Core Patterns. Earlier this year, I had joined their new pattern club, Core Crew. As a member, I receive a new pattern each month. So far, they have been nice simple shapes that are great for wardrobe basics and leave plenty of room for creativity. The January pattern was called Parchment, which is a quilted jacket with bound edges. I…

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  1. cgincolorado | | #1

    Love this jacket! I have some jacquard linen which would be perfect for this pattern. The pattern is a bit boxy, however, I would like to find one a bit more fitted and figure enhancing.

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      beckyf | | #4

      I agree...this is a boxy jacket! I did not put buttons on it which would pull it in a bit. But there are lots of jacket patterns around and if you like some of my details, they are easily added to another pattern. Have fun.

  2. osewviolet | | #2

    What a cool idea. The jacket is lovely.

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      beckyf | | #5

      Thank you! There is only one fabric store here on Key West, so I look for "fabric" in lots of unlikely places. These towels were a great find!

  3. user-5910757 | | #3

    Both sides are beautiful!

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      beckyf | | #6

      Thanks! It has been so warm here since I made this that I have yet to try it out. I'm not sure which side will get the most wear? I do know that it is really soft and comfy on both sides!

  4. momster399 | | #7

    Love it and love the concept of repurposing!

  5. lauriehodges | | #8

    Most fascinated by the pockets! Would love details of construction. Novice/ advanced beginner. Perhaps a Threads article? Details, details! It’s a lovely jacket.

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