May 18, 2024


The Fashion Inside

4 Ideas to Upcycle Your Clothes 

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It is easy for so many of us to end up gathering piles and piles of clothes and not know what to do with them. Sometimes we believe we will get back around to wearing them again, but most of the time, they end up in a bag in a spare room to not be seen for years later.

If you are facing this dilemma and are wondering if there is anything you can do about your abundance of unused clothes, then this piece will talk you through some excellent ideas on how you can upcycle your clothes.

Keep the clothes you love by turning them into something new!

  1. Create a New Piece of Clothing

There are many reasons why someone might want to create a new piece of clothing with an item they already have. It might not fit them properly any longer, it could have sentimental value, or maybe the material is filled with holes and not in good condition. 

T-shirts, especially those with graphics on them, can be cut up and made into brand-new ones, so you can continue wearing the images and logos that you love but with an upgraded feel.

  1. Use as Rags 

On the whole, we can end up paying a lot for cloths and wipes, and when you have a bunch of clothes that are unfit to be sent to a charity, it can be worthwhile chopping them up and using them for cleaning around the house. Soft t-shirts can be excellent for dusting, wiping up spills, cleaning cars, or polishing, to name a few household chores. Afterward, they can be popped in the wash and reused whenever needed.

  1. Create a Tote Bag

T-shirts are the perfect size for the front of a tote, and reusing your favorite t-shirts and turning them into something new is a great way to still enjoy the sentimental value of a piece without having to try and wear it or put it away to be seen once a year.

Making a tote bag from a t-shirt is a great option for those who are not particularly crafty or would like something beginner friendly, as there are no-sew options to create something really neat.

Alternatively, you could turn your old t-shirts into an entirely new piece, such as a blanket! 

Head over to for more information on how you can preserve your favorite shirts to enjoy in a different way.

  1. Add Embroidery or Paint

If you have a perfectly good cardigan or dress that just seems a little lackluster, then getting your sewing kit out and creating some embroidery designs to go on your clothing can give them a new lease of life. Small flowers, sequins, and iron-on patches all make great options. 

If you are not as handy with a needle as you are with a paintbrush, then grab yourself some fabric paints and get creating a masterpiece that you will be excited to wear out in public. 

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