What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

By Franny Zollinger, March 28, 2014, Green, Save Money

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled ClothingMost 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.

SHEETS - We hang on to our old sheets to make forts or to use as drop cloths when painting.  However, you can also make a rag rug , dolman top, or skirts - circle or square!

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

Double-Layer Skirt

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

Upcycled Skirt

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.

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

Baby Tights

You definitely need to check out t-shirt yarn ! You can make dog toysbaskets, or rugs.  Even if you don’t know how to crochet, you can still weave this hula hoop rug.

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

Crochet T-Shirt Yarn Rug

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!

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

Sweater Pillow

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.

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

Men’s Shirt into Women’s Tank Top

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.

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

Silk Tie Dog Collar

There’s even a way to literally “tie-dye” your Easter Eggs!  You can see many more great ideas at Recreated Design Company.

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

Silk Tie Easter Eggs

SOCKS - I have turned knee high socks into baby leggings plenty of times but now I want to try these cute wrist warmers. I also think these toys are a great way to use up your lonely socks.

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

Sock Wrist Warmers

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.

What to Do with My Stuff after Spring Cleaning: Upcycled Clothing

Leather Boot Flower Planter

Need more ideas?  Check out the following websites for inspiration:

What are some of your favorite ways to re-purpose old attired into new upcycled clothing? Share them with us here on Facebook and Twitter!

Pile of Clothes image courtesy of Shaire Productions.

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About 

Franny is mom to a very inquisitive 4-year-old and wife to a wonderful geologist. Growing up in Oregon with huge love for the ocean and the mountains, she earned a BA in zoology. Through her career as a museum naturalist, she’s taken care of a live animal collection and shared her love of the outdoors, nature, ecology, and wildlife with children. She currently enjoys finding ways to learn about and promote our natural world by taking care of her son, volunteering and blogging.

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