One of the best ways to save money with out having to buy a new wardrobe is to re-purpose your old clothes. Here are 5 ways to repurpose your old clothes.
We don’t tend to think about how much clothing we waste as time passes, but the number is staggering. Americans toss 13 million tons of clothing every year.
Thes old clothes are often perfectly good as well. It’s just out of style or something that doesn’t fit anymore.
Thankfully, there’s an answer to how we can stop this waste: upcycling. Ahead, we’ll give you five suggestions on how to upcycle clothing that will get you started.
Create New Clothing Items
By ripping, shredding, or reusing your clothes, you can create new pieces that are more fashionable than the original. You can cut interesting designs into your clothing, and create a new shirt out of something you’ve had for years.
You can even repurpose old button-down shirts into dresses.
If you want to add to your closet, but you’re on a budget, take a look at the clothes you don’t wear anymore. You might be able to create something new out of something old.
Make a Rug
You can make a rug out of multiple different kinds of clothes. If you have too many old jeans that don’t fit anymore, you can make a small rug out of them. Likewise, if you’re upcycling clothes of a different variety, you can make your rug with several textures.
These rugs are particularly viable if you’re wondering how to reuse old clothes your kids used to wear. Children grow out of jeans quite fast, and you’ll eventually end up with a pile of clothes you need to get rid of. Use these jeans to make a rug instead.
Make Some Bracelets
If you have children, finding out how to use old clothes shouldn’t be too difficult. There is a long list of crafts you can complete with your kids that will incorporate their old clothes.
Creating bracelets is one of the easy crafts you can complete as a family. Shred the fabric from old shirts and bants, then weave them together to form a line of bracelets that will impress everyone.
If you’re part of a local crafting community, you can even sell your bracelets for a bit of profit. That’s how professional these bracelets can look.
Give Your Pet a Toy
The reuse of old clothes doesn’t only apply to humans. Dogs and cats can benefit from your old clothes as well.
Make them a toy to tug on out of your old shirts or jeans. The toy will be as durable as the toys you find in the store if you use the right material. On top of that, it won’t cost you any money.
Dogs and cats don’t care how much you spent on a toy, as long as they get to play with it.
If you have a daughter, you can use her old clothes to dress her dolls just like her. Use old socks for pants, and pieces of fabric for new clothes. By giving your daughter’s dolls hand-me-down clothes, your saving money and adding to her wardrobe.
Reusing Old Clothes
If you don’t want to repurpose old clothes by creating new items and craft pieces, you can always donate the clothes to goodwill. There is someone who would be happy to wear your old shirt or dress, even if you don’t like it anymore.
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