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The Great British Sewing Bee fans open-mouthed as contestants reveal trick to turn old duvets into summer dresses

The Great British Sewing Bee fans were left open-mouthed after contestants revealed a clever trick to turn old duvets into summer dresses.

On Wednesday night, the popular BBC programme embraced sustainability with its reduce, reuse and recycle theme.


The remaining sewers were tasked with turning unwanted clothes and discarded scraps into something not only wearable, but an item that judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant would consider "chic".

The show had ingenious upcycling ideas for unwanted duvet sheets and pillowcase, as well as those old overcoats collecting dust.

The task involved making a maxi dress out of old duvet covers – either their own or ones they had retrieved from a charity shop.

And the judges loved the inspiration behind Debra's leopard print dress which was dedicated to her pet cat, Olive.

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They also loved the neon orange ties that brought it to life.

Patrick called Annie's '70s inspired floral number "terrific" and loved how the dark print was complimented by the bright colours of the flowers.

Those watching at home were equally impressed by the hack, with many taking to Twitter to air their thoughts.

Alongside an array of shocked faced emojis, one person penned: "Well, well, well. Who would've thought it? An old duvet can turn into a beautiful dress."

Echoing their comments, someone else said: "Imagine being able to turn a manky old duvet into a stunning dress. Pure talent."

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While a third remarked: "Recycling old material passed its best is one incredible skill to have. Hats off."

Viewers also educated on the origins of patchwork quilts and how Baltimore artist Amy Sherald incorporated this important history into the official portrait of Michelle Obama.

The Great British Sewing Bee is available to watch on BBC One.


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