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Sheila Alexander -- Virginia

I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:




I use:

  • OOAK Barbie fashions

  • Purses

  • Vintage

  • Classic

  • Eclectic

Sheila Alexander

Shenandoah Valley, VA


Haven Cottage Crafts


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Sheila's Creations & Interview 1/21/21

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating?

I have been upcycling ever since I was around 6 years old and my mom gave me a scrap of fabric and a threaded needle and taught me how to make a Barbie skirt.

Do you sew? How long have you been sewing?

I've been sewing as long as I've been upcycling. I learned sewing by making doll clothes from scraps and never quit. As a kid I sold my doll clothes in my family's store to earn a little extra cash, and I've never stopped sewing.

What other Upcycling Skill do you have?

I crochet, mostly with thrift shop yarn. I also upcycle furniture and am a chair caner.

How and Why did you get started in Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating?

I grew up in an environment of people who are known for their frugality. For me upcycling/recycling have always just been a way of life.

What is your favorite textile/non-textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

Probably fabric scraps, lol. They just have a way of finding me!

What is your favorite item to create?

Barbie clothes! I love anything in miniature scale and creating that in clothing is so much fun. I also enjoy purse making when I need a break from the tiny clothes.

If you had to chose one item you made, which is your most favorite?

Oh goodness, there have been so many. I don't think I could pick just one!

I started a business based on Upcycling/Refashioning DIYing and it's called:

Haven Cottage Crafts


How would you recommend someone get started in Upcycling/Refashioning?

Find your passion and what motivates you. I didn't start making purses until not that long ago. I have always loved purses, I'm just too cheap to buy them! I've always thought them to be challenging to make but challenging is what I enjoy so I cut up a thrift store pair of pants and made my first one. I was hooked!


I am not all about Upcycling, I also like to:

I've been a life long farmer and have always enjoyed getting out and getting in the dirt, watching things grow. About 7 years ago it was time for something new and I became an antique dealer. The antique business suits me perfectly because I love history and learning about things, and it provides an opportunity to restore and bring things back to the marketplace. The antique business led me to another opportunity to become an apprentice chair caner. I also love books, whodunit TV shows (preferably old black and white shows), and coffee.

Thank You Sheila for sharing your creations with us!

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