5 Ways to Put Old Clothes to Good Use

Once your favorite items of clothing reach the end of their shelf-life or your kids grow out of them, you might think that you are left with only a few options – donate them, pass them down into the family, or throw them away. However, there are countless other ways to repurpose your old clothes and put them to good use. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

Create a memory blanket

This is a fantastic idea if you have held onto some of your children’s old clothes for a while and have no clue what to do with them. A memory blanket, such as those created via Myt-shirtblanket.com, offers a wonderful opportunity to cherish important memories and can be used in the living room, as an extra blanket in the bedroom, or even as the perfect gift for mom and dad, or for your college-bound child. 

Make a DIY bookmark

If you are an avid reader or you are in search of great gift ideas for someone who is, you can fashion your very own corner bookmark using an old t-shirt or pair of trousers. There is a bit of sewing involved, but nothing that a few lessons or YouTube tutorials can’t solve. If you don’t have time to figure out your way around a sewing machine, just turn to a sewing-savvy friend for assistance.

Make an entirely new item of clothing

If you have an old button-down shirt that is no longer in style, you can transform it into a fashion-forward off the shoulder blouse. Another idea is to take an old shirt and tweak it a bit so that it becomes a pin-tucked tunic perfect for braving the heat throughout the summer. You could also snip your old denim jeans to form a new pair of fancy shorts and learn how to wrap your baggy t-shirt in such a way that it becomes a beautiful springtime dress! Check out YouTube or browse local fashion sites for lots of easy DIY tutorials.

Craft a toy or pillow

Babies and toddlers outgrow their clothing so fast! Hold onto those blissful memories by turning your little one’s old clothes into a cute toy or pillow that they can love and cuddle for the rest of their childhood (and beyond). Once again, a bit of sewing is required for this repurposing project, but nothing too complex.

DIY a denim handbag

Jeans tend to be the types of clothing that truly stand the test of time. In fact, if you invest in a quality pair of jeans, you can expect them to last you for years and years. However, all good things must come to an end, and your favorite pair of denims will, too. No need to throw them out, though – just turn them into a stylish denim handbag for a cool, casual look throughout the seasons.

Feeling a need to be creative? Use the above as motivation to make the most of your old clothing today!


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