How to Reuse Old Clothes

It can be very hard to depart from our old clothes. Whether we do it knowingly or unknowingly, we do end up forming an emotional attachment to some of our garments.

However, when your clothes get piled up to the point where it seems like your closet is about to explode, you know that it is high time to dispose of some of them.

Now there are mainly two ways you can dispose of your old clothes: you can try selling them. This is a great way de-clutter our closet while earning some extra cash.

The second choice for you is to reuse your old clothes. There are some amazing and creative ways in which you can upcycle your clothes and, it takes little time and some low effort.

Before you can read about some of my useful tips on how to reuse old clothes, I wanted to remind you how important it is that you recycle and reuse your old clothes. Because the fashion industry and clothing manufacturing industry can have impacts that are harmful to the environment and the community as a whole.

Thousands of liters and tons of waste products are created in the process of manufacturing clothes, so by learning how to reuse old clothes you are not only adding something new to your household but, you are also helping the environment by reducing carbon footprints.

How to Reuse Old Clothes

Now, here are some of my top choices when it comes to ideas on how to reuse old clothes:

Turning your Old T-shirts into a Quilt

You can use all of your old T-shirts to manufacture your own soft quilt (better known as a duvet cover). All you need is a sewing machine and an iron-on interfacing fabric. The iron will hold the t-shirts from stretching out. You should be able to easily afford a lightweight fusible iron-on interfacing fabric because those things have reasonable prices.

Now, if you do not own a sewing machine, then this project may be tough for you to pull off. However, one thing you can be sure of is that, when you see the end product of all your labor and tiring hours, you will know that all of that definitely worth it.

Halter Neck Tops

This is another great idea for reusing old T-shirts. Plus, this one hack will be best useful for you when it is summer. I recommend you resurrect your old T-shirts by giving them a new life in the form of halter neck tops. Halter neck tops are really comfortable to wear in the summer.

It is not that much of a hassle to do this too; all you need is some paper so you can make a proper plan of your design, pair of scissors, and a sewing machine.

Don’t worry if you do not own a sewing machine though, because you can always sew it with your hands. I will admit that hand-sewing requires some extra hours, a lot of patience, and focus; however, as I said for my first tip: the end result will be worth all of it. You’ll see.

Two Words: Cushion Covers

Cushion covers are the number one go-to hack when it comes to recycling and reusing old clothes. This is mostly because, almost anything looks good as pillow covers, to be honest; be it T-shirts, formal shorts, or even old jumpers and sweaters.

Pillow covers made out of old jumpers will instantly give your room a cozy, inviting, and warm vibe.

You will need to use an iron for fusible interfacing for this hack too, to make sure that the jumpers all stay in their shape and don’t stretch out.

In addition, you can use this hack for earning some extra bucks as well. Homemade and hand-made cushion covers using old jumpers are a must-have for all those who love anything that says aesthetics and Pinterest.

Capture your T-shirts in Frames

Although this hack might not be the most practical one out there, it is a great way to store your old T-shirts in efficient and beautiful ways which can give your room an aesthetic appearance to it.

First of all, you need to buy some new photo frames. Next, use the measurements of that frame to plan out a square on your old T-shirt. Afterward, carefully cut out that square and place that inside the frame using fabric-friendly glue or tape.

I suggest that this hack is best for preserving university hoodies, band merchandise, or sports merchandise. They will stay as a souvenir forever, serve as a decoration for your walls, keeping your wardrobe free from new clothes.

Jeans to Shorts

This has to be the most common, most used, and, oldest hack when it comes to norms of reusing old clothes.

If you have an aging pair of jeans that you cannot bring yourself to give away, then this is what you can always do and never be disappointed.

All you need is a pair of sharp scissors and use them to carefully cut your jeans into a gorgeous pair of shorts. There you go!

You need to remember these two instructions before you begin though:

  • Be very careful when you are working with the scissors. If you are not sure about the steadiness of our hands, then request someone else to do the job.
  • Make sure that you try the jeans on yourself first, so that you can figure out the correct length of your shorts. Mark the point where you want to cut.

Baggy T-shirts into Dresses

This hack does require a considerable amount of effort, skill, planning, and a few materials. You can use a sewing machine, scissors, and any few extra materials that you prefer, to turn your oversized, baggy T-shirts into dresses.

I suggest DIY videos available on YouTube and ideas for this hack you can find on Pinterest.

Closing Thoughts

Bow you know how you can preserve your old clothes that hold sentimental value and, still keep your wardrobe jam-free and fresh.

I hope my article was able to give you some exciting and interesting ideas.

Best of luck!

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