Sustainable Fashion: Introduction to Upcycling

A course by Ximena Corcuera
Fashion Designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined May 2019
, Fashion Designer

Give unused clothes new life with a weaving technique

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (280)
  • 5486 students

Give unused clothes new life with a weaving technique

Upcycling is a form of reusing and demonstrates a social commitment. Today, due to the environmental problems generated by the fashion industry, new techniques and trends have emerged to create amazing and unique garments responsibly. Ximena Corcuera is a fashion designer who seeks to make people aware of the possibilities offered by upcycling and using sustainable materials instead of generic ones. With years of experience and learning, and having collaborated with big names in fashion such as Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, in this course Ximena teaches you how to create garments with pieces of fabric, making new use of materials that would otherwise be considered disposable.

She teaches you the importance of joining this movement. Learn some of the most important facts about the environmental impact of the fashion industry, as well as new options to create sustainable fashion. Practice an upcycling technique with fabric that allows you to create your own garments, promoting a circular economy.

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 15 downloads

3 minutes, 41 seconds
Mold stroke
7 minutes, 35 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (280)
  • 5486 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 25m)
  • 15 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Make a sweater by applying a weaving technique inspired by upcycling to make a new garment from old ones.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in sustainable fashion and manual and creative processes, and anyone who wants to get started with a technique to create incredible pieces by deconstructing others.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary but having a little experience with pattern making and weaving will make it easier for you to follow along with the course.

Regarding the materials, you need fabric scissors, a sheet of manila paper, masking tape, a pencil, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, rulers, and old clothes that you want to use in your project (6 to 12 garments that have spandex or lycra, such as leggings, socks , sweatshirts, t-shirts, pants, etc.).


5486 Students
280 Reviews
96% Positive ratings
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Ximena Corcuera

A course by Ximena Corcuera

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Fashion Designer

Ximena grew up in a spontaneous environment surrounded by art and creativity, which led her to overcome her fear of processes and enjoy artistic experimentation as a way of life. From an early age she worked on different projects related to fashion, but it wasn't until later that she discovered that it was her passion. Ximena has more than five years of experience in the world of fashion, trends, experimental design, sustainable fashion, retail, and licenses, which has led her to learn from experts in countries such as Mexico, France, Spain, Brazil, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador, among others.

She is currently working on her own project, where she seeks to generate cultural experiences responsibly through fashion and demonstrate its power as a channel for expressing ideas in order to connect with each other.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do during the course
  • U2

    Introduction to sustainable fashion

    • Fashion, the second most polluting industry
    • Cotton and sustainable materials
    • New options to design sustainable fashion
  • U3

    Weaving leftovers

    • materials
    • Mold stroke
    • Material Preparation
    • Base fabric
    • Torso tissue
    • Sweater union
  • U4

    Care and references

    • Applications and care
    • Other techniques to explore
  • FP

    Final project

    • Get started in the upcycling fabric

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Sustainable Fashion: Introduction to Upcycling. Craft, and Fashion course by Ximena Corcuera

Sustainable Fashion: Introduction to Upcycling

A course by Ximena Corcuera
Fashion Designer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined May 2019
  • 96% positive reviews (280)
  • 5486 students