Ragfinery Upcycle Challenge – Transform a Wedding Dress
Culminating in a Red Carpet “Show-off”

See the Red Carpet Show-off on Friday, May 1st at 7pm!

For the last two months, the 30 teams and individuals that took on our Wedding Dress Challenge have been transforming discarded wedding dresses into whatever they can dream up. On Friday, May 1st, at 7pm, participants will wear, roll, or drag their upcycled creations down the red carpet for all to see while judges and audience members vote on their favorites.

We hope you’ll join us for this FREE event as we support these local fiber artists and share examples of the endless potential for creative reuse. This is certain to be an entertaining and fun evening with music, refreshments, and lots of amazing creations and red carpet excitement.

Cash or gift prizes will be awarded from numerous local sponsors, including The Chrysalis Inn and Spa, The Community Food Coop, Wander Brewing, Studio 910 Salon, and Aslan Brewing.

The event is free to attend and will take place at Ragfinery in downtown Bellingham. (1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham).

Thanks to Allied Arts for their support of this event!

A word about our Upcycle Challenges
Our motivation for this series of events is four-fold: bring attention to reducing fibers in the waste stream; create awareness about repurposing; bring people into Ragfinery to see what we do; and last but not least, create community excitement and fun! 


Ragfinery Upcycle Challenge: Transform a Wedding Dress

Details for Participants

Ragfinery is sponsoring our second Upcycle Challenge which will culminate in a Red Carpet “Show-off” on Friday, May 1st at 7pm.  Individuals and teams who take on this challenge will be tasked with upcycling an old wedding dress into creative accessories, clothing, or anything else they can dream up. Participants will have the opportunity to share their creations at the event’s “Show-off,” where they can wear it, roll it, or drag it down the red carpet. A panel of judges will determine the winners and the top three submissions will receive cash or gift prizes.

Sign up: Print off the sign-up form below and drop it off at Ragfinery (1421 N. Forest St.) from Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. You can also walk in to our shop, pick up a form, and sign-up in person. 

Upcycle Challenge – Wedding Dress Sign-up Form

Upcycle Challenge – FAQ

Entry Fee: $20 – Includes a wedding dress of your choice – first come first choice so come in before they’re gone!


  1. Entries must use at least 50% of the wedding dress
  2. The total project should be at least 90% reused materials.

Submission: When you’ve finished your creation, please submit it with the submission form (separate from the “sign-up form”) below by Saturday, April 25th at 5pm to Ragfinery (1421 N. Forest St.) from Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Upcycle Challenge – Wedding Dress Submission Form

Individual and Team Submissions will be judged on:

  • Concept – originality and use of recycled materials
  • Artistic creativity
  • Craftsmanship

 The top three submissions and a peoples’ choice will receive cash or gift prizes.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: Saturday, April 25th at 5:00pm
All entries must be submitted to Ragfinery (1421 N. Forest St.) by this date to be considered by the jury.

Red Carpet walk-through: Thursday, April 30th at 5:30pm
Participants are required to attend this practice walk-through of the Red Carpet “Show-off.”

 Upcycle Challenge “Show-off:” Friday, May 1st at 6:00pm
The moment you’ve been waiting for to “Show-off” your creation! The event begins at 7pm but please show up one hour early to prepare.

Note: Please return unused materials to Ragfinery for reuse or recycling.