Sewing is SEW valuable – Upcycling


The new upcycling craze everyone’s talking about…

It’s no secret that we’re passionate about Home Sewing here at Toyota, however, it seems we’re definitely not on our own because more and more of you are joining us!!



The 1950’s was the epitome of the ‘Make Do and Mend’ era forcing most households to pick up and learn sewing skills to survive the cold weather and fabric shortages, becoming a popular and enjoyable hobby. However, when the economy picked up things turned lazy and, rather than picking up a needle & thread or sewing machine to fix a missing button or  turn up a pair of trousers, consumers started to bin the item and buy new rather than repair.


However, since the recession a few years ago, the humble sewing machine has been making a remarking comeback and is now, once again, a desirable accessory and we have seen a huge rise in SIY (Sew It Yourself). We may no longer be able to turn to their grandparents or mums for guidance after a skipped generation, but people are clamouring to join sewing classes and following simple tutorials online.


This time round, history is repeating itself….only just with a new name … “Upcycling” (and a new machine of course). This is basically a term given to any item that is modified to be used again and can be applied to the home, the office, your wardrobe etc!!

“It’s fun, creative and, once you get the hang of it, really not that hard!!”

If you are a beginner wanting to learn new sewing skills then you are in the right place to begin! First of all you need to choose a machine to best suit you, why not take a look at our Designs For Living ranges. This can be built up by buying our Footwork Kits & accessories as you advance and progress to always get the best results. Learning the basic skills is simple: there are plenty of introductory and advanced sewing classes in most areas and even exciting new sewing cafes, as well as our online tutorials and videos.



You can also ask us any sewing questions you have on our Twitter and Facebook pages…we love to hear from you and see what you’re making!!