Upcycling with Crochet for Beginners

A course by Emma Friedlander-Collins
Crochet and Upcycling Expert. London, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2019
, Crochet and Upcycling Expert

Transform your wardrobe using basic crochet techniques

  • 100% Positive reviews (132)
  • 2976 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Upcycling with Crochet for Beginners

Transform your wardrobe using basic crochet techniques

  • 100% Positive reviews (132)
  • 2976 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 Lessons (2h 28m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Reinvent the world around you with colorful patterns, and give new life to unused clothes through upcycling. Using simple crochet techniques, this course will give you the necessary knowledge to upgrade your unused garments into unique pieces of clothing. Upcycling champion Emma Friedlander Collins, better known as Steel and Stitch, shares her passion and talent for enhancing unwanted apparel into special favorites.

In this course, you will learn how to transform a pair of flip flops into cozy, contemporary slippers to jumpstart your upcycling adventure, and explore the multitude of possibilities that upcycling with crochet can bring to your wardrobe.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. How to Crochet
  • U3
    U3. Design
  • U4
    U4. What's Next for Your Slippers?
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Emma starts the course by talking about her passion for making things, how she started creating crochet patterns, which led her to become an upcycling champion, now sharing her crafting powers with the world. She also shares the artists and places that inspire her creations.

Discover the versatility of the granny square and the half square that you will be using to create your slippers, and how it can be applied to other things with Emma’s own upcycling examples to inspire you.

Identify the different types of yarn and hooks, learning their combinations to create specific effects. Then, begin to crochet by learning basic crochet stitches: chain, single crochet, double crochet, increasing and decreasing stitches. You will also learn how to make holes in different types of fabrics to upcycle with crochet.

Create a color palette with the yarn you will use for your crochet slippers, as Emma shares her methods and resources for creating ideal color combinations.

Once you have your yarn colors defined, start to make your first granny square, learning step-by-step how to join on a new color and work further rounds. Next, learn how to crochet a half square, while discovering Emma’s best practices along the way.

Bring together your crochet pieces and start preparing your flip flop, learning how to stitch the squares together with a whip stitch and attach them onto the sole. Go through the final steps with Emma to finish your slippers, and discover different ways to customize your slippers with pompoms and more.

What is this course's project?

The final project will be to create a pair of contemporary slippers from a pair of flip flops using a crochet granny square and two half squares.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for those who want to learn basic crochet techniques, as well as those wanting to learn more about upcycling and work crochet into other materials.

What you need

You don’t need any previous knowledge in crochet to take this course.

The tools and materials you will need are a crochet hook, suitable sized yarn, a yarn needle, a pair of flip flops, strong scissors, a bodkin or sharp-pointed tool, a knitting needle the same size as your crochet hook.


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Emma Friedlander-Collins

Crochet and Upcycling Expert

Emma Friedlander Collins, better known as Steel and Stitch, has been creating with the use of materials that surround her ever since she can remember, and is now a reference in the world of upcycling and crochet. Self-taught in the art of crochet through online tutorials, Emma understands how powerful learning a creative skill can be, and has crafted an entire career through creating patterns, books, and tutorials to enhance the world of those who want to learn her colorful art.

Her mission is to inspire people in getting more involved in crafts and upcycling, to help tackle the environmental issues we face today. Emma teaches Visual Promotion for students in Fashion Communication in Brighton and creates content related to her craft for various online platforms including LoveCrafts on YouTube, her own Instagram account @steelandstitch that has over 30k followers, among others. She has featured in publications from The Guardian in LoveCrochet, contributed to magazines such as Mollie Makes and Simply Crochet, and wrote several books to teach her patterns and techniques.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do on the Course
  • U2

    How to Crochet

    • Choosing Yarn
    • Choosing the Hooks and Other Tools
    • Slip and Chain Stitch
    • Double Crochet
    • Treble Crochet
    • Increasing and Decreasing
    • How Crochet Can Be Used for Upcycling
  • U3


    • Choosing Colours
    • How to Read a Pattern
    • Making a Square - Part I
    • Making a Square - Part II
    • Making a Half Square
    • How to Prepare the Flip-Flop
    • Crochet into Flip-Flop
    • Stitching Everything Together!
  • U4

    What's Next for Your Slippers?

    • Customise Your Flip-Flops
    • How to Care for Your Slippers
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to Crochet

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Upcycling with Crochet for Beginners. A Craft course by Emma Friedlander-Collins

Upcycling with Crochet for Beginners

A course by Emma Friedlander-Collins
Crochet and Upcycling Expert. London, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (132)
  • 2976 students