More than 15 million tons of textile waste is generated each year in the United States. How can we take a circular approach to our closets? Join fashion designer and fabric alchemist Mahdiyyah Muhammad as we explore methods for breathing new life into existing garments. Bring your well-worn articles of clothing and DIY hacks! 

During the workshop, participants will learn how to take an old T-shirt and transform it into something new and functional. No previous experience or sewing will be required.   

Suggested materials: 

  • Old T-shirt or tank top 
  • Scissors   


Mahdiyyah Muhammad is a self-taught artist, fashion designer, and instructor. She began designing at a very young age, breathing new life into discarded clothing. 

She draws inspiration from her practice of fabric alchemy: an ability to take recycled, bio-based materials and turn them into wearable art that boast healing properties. Taken from her research of naturally occurring materials and their impact on the body, each design is created with upcycled linen, cotton, wool, or organic cotton.  

With a passion for sharing her knowledge about fabric textile origins, healing qualities, and sewing education, she offers sewing classes, educational healing fabric workshops, and project-based sessions. Her upbringing in East Orange, NJ rooted her values in the importance of community and creating opportunities for others who may not be afforded them.  


This free program will feature a conversation and hands-on workshop hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering. 

About Design Snacks

Build your design toolkit! Design Snacks is a series of hands-on workshops exploring techniques and strategies for participants to incorporate into their own practices, classrooms, or organizations. Workshops are held each month starting December 2021. Participants are not required to participate in all workshops.

Design Snacks are made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, and The Pinkerton Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Adobe and The Hirsch Family Foundation.
Featured Image: Mahdiyyah Muhammad