Stratford, Canada


Reusable Alternatives+Grow With Me Clothing+Zero Waste

Stratford, Canada | On Etsy since 2014

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Last updated on Feb 5, 2020

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One & Only, Fergus ON


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About upcyclelifestyle

Sales 1,333
On Etsy since 2014

My day dream became my day reality!

My shop started as a day dream and with the encouragement of friends and family, it has become my rest of the time job! I always wondered what happened to the ugly sweaters at the thrift stores and where they ended up. So I started to bring home the crazy patterned Grandpa knits and they became so much more... Upcycled Sweater Blankets to be exact! This way I knew these sweaters would be loved, used and cherished. From there my upcycling has grown to include dresses and skirts from men's dress shirts, wine bottle bags from jeans, and the list goes on! Studying to become an environmental engineer and having a passion for waste management tie in very closely to making my dream a reality. By repurposing these items, I am able to keep them from entering the waste stream.

All products are made by me, Ann Gibson, in my pet-free, smoke-free sewing studio just outside St.Marys, ON.

100% waste-free production - The smaller products, reusable facial round and nursing pads, are made from the scraps left over from the clothing. Once the scraps are too small to sew with, they are used to stuff dog and cat beds which are donated to the Stratford SPCA.

Shop members

  • Ann Gibson

    Owner, Creator

    I am a Environmental Engineer with a Masters in Environment & Sustainability with a love for sewing! When I am not working my engineering day job or at the sewing machine, you can find me at hot yoga or outdoors enjoying what Ontario has to offer!

Shop policies

Last updated on February 15, 2019
Welcome to Upcycle Lifestyle! We focus on sustainably produced reusable alternatives to single-use products and grow-with-me children's clothing. Our production is 100% waste free and items are made from new and upcycled fabrics.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
If you are unhappy with your purchase, you may return it for a full refund, you just pay the return shipping. The only item that cannot be returned is reusable facial rounds, due to hygiene reasons. If your item is damaged during shipping please message me and I will do my best to correct the issue.
Paypal and Major Credit Cards
All items will be carefully wrapped and packaged by me and then sent by Canada Post within the time frame indicated on the listing, once payment is received (some exceptions apply with custom orders). Shipping as listed does not include tracking. Tracking can be added for exact shipping cost by contacting me to make this arrangement. If you would like to pick up your items outside of St.Marys ON, use the coupon code LOCAL and contact me to make arrangements.

Please ensure your full mailing address is provided and that the information is current. We will not be responsible for any delivery errors due to incorrect addresses. If a package is returned to sender due to an incorrect address, you will be required to pay any fees incurred and additional postage to get the package to your correct address.
Additional policies and FAQs
I will be in contact with you throughout the process of your custom order so you know exactly what stage your order is at, through written updates and sneak peek photos!

Please note that "Processing Times" listed for our products indicate the amount of time required to make your item before shipping, this is not the shipping time. Each order is made mindfully and sustainably as it comes in to prevent overstock and waste.

Contact me if you have any questions or inquiries!