Friday, March 23, 2018

3 Ways to Re-Use Your Old Clothing

How to Re-Use Your Old Clothing

We all have old clothes. They lurk in the corners of our closets until we forget about them. I am talking about items that don’t fit anymore for one reason or another, aren't quite in style, or pieces that are no longer in wearable shape. No matter what you wear now, what you used to wear is probably more than a little embarrasing! Either way, if you haven’t had a good clear out of your closet recently, it’s time to invest some more time and effort into what you do with your old clothes. Repurposing them is always a great way to recycle and save money on your fashion sense and be green while doing it! Here are a few ideas on how you can re-use and re-purpose some of your old clothing. 

Get Them Repaired

If you find any old pieces that you can actually still see yourself wearing, but have issues that are preventing their wear, go get them repaired! You know that cute skirt with broken zipper can't be worn as is. Or maybe you have some items that just need a little tuck or change in hemline. It’s time to get it fixed. They are taking up valuable closet space and you can't even wear them otherwise! If you are lucky enough to live nearby, you can try out the zipper repair stitch it. They can also resize items at the same time. Or maybe you are handy with a needle and thread and you can try to replace zippers or take in seams yourself. It doesn’t have to be too hard when you’ve got a good DIY tutorial on your side. I've also done a few DIYs on the blog that are fairly simple with hand sewn hems, taking in polos and jersey tops, and altering a button up

Recycle Them Into Something More Trendy

There are a lot of ways you can use an old t-shirt to become a little more trendy and stylish in your day to day life, and all it involves is a top you no longer wear, the use of a style you want to try, your hands, and a pair of scissors. You can make something with a slit back or side, cold shoulder sweatshirt (I want to try that one!) or even grab an old cardigan and turn it into a backless top! Here’s a good video tutorial for you to follow if you need something visual! She has a lot of fun ideas! 

(Video by Carah Amelie)

Repurpose Them

If you’re the kind of person who gets sentimental about clothing, this is your time to shine. You can easily take your old clothes and sew yourself a new stuffed animal friend to keep on your bed or for your kids. It’s fun to do, and you can make as many of these creations as you want! You can find an easy tutorial to follow right here, or you could just try and go it alone. It’s something that is perfect for the beginning sewer or crafter. Something else you could do is great a t-shirt quilt or pillow out of your old clothing. This is perfect for a runner like me who gets way too many shirts from races. Sew them together into a memory quilt! Or you can turn that special shirt from a loved one into a pillow you can always have on hand to cuddle with. 

Repurposing your old clothes isn’t hard to do, and there’s so many creative ways to do so. So if you’re suffering from out of date wardrobe syndrome, make the best of it! How do you repurpose your clothing?


  1. Fun post! I love the idea of repurposing. The my two oldest graduated, I had pulled out bins of all their old t-shirts, I had them pick out their top 20 and had the t-shirt quilts you mentioned made for them to take to college. The rest of the tees I gave to Goodwill.

  2. I have a few items I need to get fixed. I have try turning old clothes in to new items but it never has worked.

  3. I have the same as Amy above. Never worked, but I'm totally not creative!

  4. I purged my closet last year and it felt so good. Now that I switched jobs I am doing it again but it's hard to let go of clothes I still like, fit me, and are in good shape yet I have no reason to wear them. I'm bagging them up and selling them at the consignment shop for pennies on the dollar but someone else can enjoy them!

  5. These are good tips! I'm so lazy and usually just donate the old clothes from my wardrobe, I need to be more thoughtful about it and see if I can repurpose them first! :)

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend! It was the little one's birthday party yesterday so that was a lot of fun! Today is a quiet day to recover after that busy day and crazy week though, haha!

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  6. I am always going through the closets in my home to get rid of the old and make room for the new. It is just so refreshing. I even go through my husband's closet (he actually appreciates it!). lol.


  7. Gosh I am really not good at re-purposing old pieces. Thanks for the suggestions!
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