5 Great Things To Do With Your Old Clothes
We all have clothes that have come to the end of their lifespan, either because they’re worn out or are too small or are simply out of fashion. As new season’s ranges come into the high street shops we often find ourselves making room in our wardrobes for the new arrivals, and throwing away old jumpers and shirts that don’t make the grade anymore. Instead of putting things in the bin, try recycling them in another way. This makes for less waste, can help you with a hobby, and even give you some great gift ideas!
Give them away to a charity shop
Charity shops are a great way to get rid of unwanted clothing and do some good at the same time. If there’s still some wear left in something, for example if it’s one of those items you bought but never wore (or it didn’t fit!) then it’s the perfect candidate for donation. All you have to do is take a bag of your old clothes in and they do the rest. If you don’t give money to charity this is a brilliant alternative as your clothes raise funds too.
Use them as cleaning rags
If your old clothes are beyond use and you’ve worn them to death, the only option might be to use them as rags. Don’t knock it however – you’ll always need cleaning cloths and strips of old clothing do the job just fine. Tear them up and put them in a bag under the sink; you now have a good supply for all those dirty jobs.
Make them into new clothes
Sometimes you like a piece of clothing so much that you just can’t bear to part with it. Maybe it’s a design classic or has a pattern that you’ve never found anywhere else. In this case, try making your old clothes into new. Skirts for example are such a simple shape that making them is easy, and a top can be made into a skirt really easily with some scissors and a sewing machine. Old jeans are perfect for making into shorts, and if you only have a small item you can always make hats, gloves or even a simple scarf!
Make a patchwork quilt
Patchwork quilts are beautiful things and can be used for years to come, so if you have a lot of clothes to get rid of, try cutting them up into shapes and making a quilt. It’s a big project but if you like crafts and hobbies then this is definitely for you! Make sure that the quality of the fabrics you use is durable enough to last – some clothes are made very cheaply and may not be suitable. If you collect fabrics over a period of time however you’ll have a bigger stock to work with and a quilt provides the ultimate in handmade, great-looking, cheap bed linen for years to come.
Make cushion covers
If a quilt seems too much like hard work, you could always try making some smaller and simpler like a cushion cover. Decorative cushions look great on your bed and sofa, and you can make them in as many colours as you have old clothes! They don’t have to be big so you’ll have enough material (an old t-shirt would be big enough) and they only need sewing along the seams. They also make quirky gifts for friends and family, as well as being free!
With these five ideas you’ll never have to throw out old clothes again. Help charity, help the environment, and help yourself to get more out of your purchases!
Source by Sylvia Kittens