I am not a fan of throwing things away, in fact that’s what this blog is built on. Clothes in particular, hold a special place in my heart because they have such pretty colors, patterns and interest in general. It got me to thinking that I should share all that with you. I went over my projects and came up with 15 ways to re-purpose old clothes into something new.
Re-Purposing Clothes for Craft Projects
Re-Purposing Clothes as Chair Covers
I’ve also done this using flannel shirts. And here is another one with a blouse turned into a stool cover.
Speaking of which, another great idea for clothes is to re-purpose them into dog toys. Lina of Sew Historically has many great ideas!
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Re-Purposing Clothes in Picture Frames
I need to go and make a few more of these for the rest of the seasons! (It pays to look back at your work because you never know what you’ll remember that you had originally forgotten!)
This earring organizer was one of my all time favorite projects. Behind the doily is a blue backdrop, which was once a satin blouse. You could never tell that it had such fancy beginnings.
And while we’re on the subject of Jewelry, I had used an old blouse to make the blue bracelet holder you see here.
Re-Purposing Clothes for Wreaths
Another wreath in which I used belts is this one.
This summery lopsided wreath boasts a skirt, a shirt and I honestly don’t remember what the red was. I think it was gauze material from a skirt which no one ever wore.
Here is another skirt wreath which was maybe too much but it gives you an idea of what you can do with the right fabric.
I’ve also used bits of a green velvet dress to jazz up this holiday wreath.
Re-Purposing Clothes as Pillows
Below we have a few tee-shirts that once belonged to the girls. But the best one was the “Adidas” sweatshirt which I managed to turn into a pillow without having to cut it at all. You can see the full tutorial here.
Can you guess what the blue fleece pillow was made from? It was once a fringed scarf that had been stretched so thin that it had to be re-purposed. Most of the work was in knotting the fringes.
And let’s not forget Christmas stockings which began as a sweater.
Re-purposing Clothes to Hide Things
Technically I am not hiding things with this idea but pieces of clothing cut into rectangles or squares can be used as gift wrapping.
And that is my list of clothing re-purposes. Honestly, I did not think I had that many to share with you.
I’ve been doing the Marie Kondo Tidying Up method of decluttering but I still keep my favorite fabrics – because they bring me “JOY”!!
So next time you are de-cluttering and getting ready to donate something, or throw it out “gasp” take a good hard look at it first.
Do you like the color?
Do you like the pattern?
Maybe the texture is interesting?
Once you’ve narrowed it down, put it aside in your “to Re-purpose” stash and I know you will come up with loads of ideas! And I know my 15 ways to re-purpose old clothing into something new will come in handy!