You’ve gone through your closet and pulled out all of the clothing that for whatever reason, is no longer working for you. What do you do with it now? Toss it into your trashcan? Take them to your local charity and buy new things to replace them? Alternatively, you could try out some of these ways to upcycle your old clothing to make something new to enjoy:
Refitting Your Old Clothing
Maybe you still want to use your old clothing, but it no longer fits. You can upcycle your old clothing by tailoring it to fit your body now. You may need to cut it down or add material from another piece of clothing, depending on your needs. Thanks to your handiwork (or that of your tailor), you won’t have to say goodbye to that favorite shirt or dress. Having your clothes tailored is always a good idea regardless because it gives you clothes fit specifically to your body.
Recreating New Clothing Out of Old
You can get out your seam ripper and start taking apart your old clothing. Once it’s taken apart, you can use the cloth to create new pieces for your closet. You don’t have to be limited in what each item looked like before you took it apart, as you can use the materials in any way you see fit.
Restyling Using Several Pieces
Loved the ruffles on one of your shirts, but hate the way that it fit you? Why not take the parts that you loved about your old clothing and turn them into a new piece? For example, you can remove the beautiful ruffles from your shirt and add it to the hem of your new skirt, creating a restyled look. Restyling is an excellent option for someone that’s not entirely sure in their designing skills.
Repurposing to Make Something New
Your old clothing doesn’t have to be used to make something new for you to wear. In fact, you can use it to make something entirely new. Turn your favorite sweater into a throw pillow to put on your bed. Create a new teddy bear or doll from your clothing scraps. You can even make reusable cotton rounds for taking off your makeup. Ditch plastic bags by making your own reusable cloth totes using your old clothing.
Reunite Your Memories
Think of all of your old T-shirts from your vacations or your sports teams over the years. Rather than getting rid of them or hiding them away in storage, turn them into an upcycled blanket. All of your old shirts can be made into a beautiful quilt that lets you think about your memories whenever you use it.
Upcycling your old clothing is a great way to keep a piece you cherish but doesn’t work for you anymore. It also can help to save you money for other purchases, as well as going green to help the environment. The fun part of upcycling your old clothing is that you’re only limited by your imagination. With all of the cute ideas available online, you’ll find the perfect project to fill an afternoon upcycling your old clothing.