Becky and her daughter Isla in some of the creations (Picture: Mercury Press)

Before you throw out that old duvet cover or shower curtain away, think about what else it could become.

One mum has managed to make use of this fabric destined for the bin by turning it into new clothes – and it has saved her over £800.

Becky Lawrence, 32, has turned everything from cushion covers to oversized t-shirts into fashionable new outfits for herself and children Ezra, five, and Isla, three.

She taught herself everything when she inherited her mother-in-law’s sewing kit three years ago, following YouTube tutorials to help her perfect her new-found passion.

She’s now so good, she doesn’t need to buy new clothes and she thinks she has saved around £500 on herself and £300 on her kids to date.

A shower curtain becomes a dress (Picture: Mercury Press & Media)

Becky, from Shirley, South East London, said: ‘My mother in law passed away three years ago, she made quilts. She made one for me, my husband and son.

‘My daughter had only just been born so hers was half-finished and I wanted to learn so I could finish it off but I haven’t touched it yet because I’m too nervous.

‘I inherited lots of resources from her, apart from my sewing kit which is how I got started.

‘I had one two hour lesson on how to make a cushion cover, and then just used YouTube.

‘I didn’t realise it was something I could do, and I really enjoy doing it.

Isla in a jumpsuit made from a old t-shirt (Picture: Mercury Press & Media)

‘I don’t stop moving all day and I would normally crash out on the settee but I’m happy to sit and sew.

‘It never gets boring, it’s really exciting and the money-saving aspect is really just an added bonus to what I do.

‘For me, the transformations are about taking something unloved and overlooked, or not quite right for the person, and turning it into a garment that is perfect and unique for someone.’

Becky in a dress she created (Picture: Mercury Press & Media Ltd)

Now she makes clothes for her and her kids but her financial director husband, Tom, 31, is a bit more picky about what he wears so he still buys his,

Becky has transformed cushion covers into gilets, shower curtains into skirts and two ball gowns totalling £15 into one glamorous frock.

She said: ‘I don’t buy clothes apart from school uniforms. I’m constantly picking things apart with my eyes. When I’m out shopping, I think ‘I can make that myself’.

‘I save so much money. I made a ball gown with materials that cost £15, if I bought one I would have spent over £100.

Becky Lawrence wearing a skirt she fashioned from an old dress (Picture: Mercury Press & Media Ltd)

‘I have a go at most things. I love transforming into something completely different. I love the fact I can make clothing into what I want it to be.

‘I love that aspect. If I’m going to an event I’ll go round charity shops looking for a certain colour or fabric that I like.

‘Some things I make are epic fails, not everything goes to plan but you learn from it.’

Becky has enjoyed it so much she even wants to turn her skills into a business when her youngest child starts school.

Becky believes that the old fashioned make do and mend attitude of refashioning old garments should be adopted by more people to help save the planet.

She said: ‘In the last five years, Tom and I have been trying to look after our planet a bit more, recycling and producing less waste.

‘My eyes have been opened to how much waste there is and small changes make a big difference.

‘After one wash, clothes shrink a bit because they have been made as a bulk, they’re worn a couple of times and thrown in the bin, they aren’t even taken to the charity shop.

‘I would love to help other people do the same thing as me and I would love to make clothes for other people.’

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