Yearning for a unique look--yet shopping on a shoestring? Learn fashion designer Jenny Wilding Cardon's secrets for finding the creative possibilities in cast-offs! With a snip here and a tuck there, you can turn common thrift-store items--such as sweaters, curtains, and jeans--into sassy, stylish originals.
- Turn secondhand basics into first-rate fashions with over 20 beginner-friendly projects
- Make chic tops, skirts, dresses, purses, scarves, bags, and hats--plus a rug, simple quilt, and more
- View before and after pictures that illustrate the potential of your thrift-store finds
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Jenny Wilding Cardon
Jenny Wilding Cardon has been creating with fabric since high school. Back then, she would design eccentric, rebellious items of clothing, and then make her friends wear them to school. After graduating from college in Utah with a degree in Women's Studies, Jenny spent three years with her husband in Seattle, where she quickly caught the quilting bug from her coworkers at Martingale.
Jenny worked as a copywriter for Martingale one day short of 10 years before giving up her position to be a stay-at-home mom. In 2011, she returned to Martingale as their content editor, and now spends most of her work time writing for Martingale's Stitch This! blog.
The birth of her first son inspired Jenny's to write her first pattern collection, The Little Box of Baby Quilts (Martingale, 2007). Her second, the book ReSew (Martingale, 2011), paired her two creative outlets--thrifting and sewing. Jenny's designs have also appeared on the covers of Quilts and More and Quilt It for Kids magazines, as well as in McCall's Quilting and Simple Quilts and Sewing.
Jenny lives on an acre in a Utah farming town with her husband and their two sons, Jack and Charlie. Since the commute to the Martingale office is 818.64 miles, the bosses typically allow her to work from home. Contact Jenny Wilding Cardon
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