What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing
Most homes go through the great annual purge known as “Spring Cleaning.” Clutter accumulates in every corner of free space in your house, and can slowly overtake your home if you are not careful. It is rather amazing how overrun your house can become with toys, ill-fitting clothes, and other cast-off items. In the second installment of our “What To Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning” series, we discuss your options with upcycled clothing.
Along with the kitchens, bathrooms, and garages, Spring Cleaning is a great time for emptying your closets – get rid of your old clothing and make room for fun, new items! But once the chores are completed, what do you do with that pile of old clothing & shoes? Thankfully, there are plenty of choices – hold a garage sale, donate to a local charity, sell online, give to your friends – but we’re fan’s of taking the old and making something new for yourself! Let’s take a look at just a few of the many possibilities to upcycle your old clothing.
T-SHIRTS – Now for some reason, we always tend to have plenty of extra t-shirts! You can turn them into the baby tights shown above for a quick & easy gift. You could make a fancy scarf or turn your graphic tees into a patchwork scarf.
SWEATERS – There are so many uses for old sweaters! Mitts, boot cuffs, planter covers, pillow cases, toys, blankets, & more! You simply must check out this list on Squidoo of EVERYTHING IMAGINABLE!
MEN’S BUTTON UP SHIRTS – I have seen men’s shirts turned into aprons before, but I really like this cute tank top, ready to take you into Summer! Hop over to Joe Button’s website to see more ideas to turn these old button up shirts into pillow cases, dresses, or handkerchiefs.
SILK TIES – Can you imagine how classy your dog would look wearing a silk tie?! I’ve seen ties also turned into bracelets, watch bands, eye pillow, and many other ideas.
There’s even a way to literally “tie-dye” your Easter Eggs! You can see many more great ideas at Recreated Design Company.
BOOTS & SHOES – While you can turn your old shoes into fun new shoes with a little paint or fabric makeover, you can also repurpose your shoes into other fun items! Garden planters or birdhouses are a great addition to your yard.
Need more ideas? Check out the following websites for inspiration:
Pile of Clothes image courtesy of Shaire Productions.