Upcycling is the process of creatively reusing materials by transforming them into new products. By upcycling old or unused articles in your wardrobe, you can create fun new items while engaging in sustainable fashion practices. Here are a few ways to upcycle clothes.
Turn your old T-shirts into a quilt
Do you have a collection of graphic tees that you don’t wear regularly but also don’t want to throw away? If you have T-shirts from concerts, events or places you’ve travelled that hold sentimental value, you can turn them into a quilt or blanket and enjoy these memories in a different way.
Tie-dye your wardrobe
Tie-dying is a classic technique to repurpose the clothes you own to be worn in a fun new style. Tie-dye can be used on many styles of clothing – shirts, pants, socks, hats – the list goes on, depending on how creative you get.
Create a shirt tote bag
Discover a new use for old T-shirts or singlets by turning them into a handy tote bag. This repurpose can be done quite easily with no sewing required. Use your new bag for shopping, going to the beach or whatever you like.
Turn your jumper into a jumper for your dog or cat
Dress your pet for the colder months by using your own wardrobe. Repurpose an old jumper or sweater to create a cute look for your dog or cat if they need some extra warmth.
There are many other ways to get creative with upcycling clothes but if none of these work for you, why not donate your clothing items so they can have a new life with someone else? Whether upcycling or recycling, get the most out of your clothes with the least amount of wastage.