Give those old clothes new life with these secondhand fashion ideas. From tote bags to DIY skirts and more. And some are no-sew!
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I follow a lot of upcycling and sewing groups, and SO OFTEN the finished projects are WAY better than the original clothing. Using old clothing and linens is a great way to keep items out of the landfill and create unique, one of a kind clothes.
You can even use clothing to make other items like home decor, baby items, quilts, memorial bears, pillows, and more. It’s a thrifty way to use what you have instead of spending lots of money on new fabric.
Here’s some ideas… what have you upcycled to make into new clothing or other items? Share your projects in our Facebook Group– we even have a monthly contest!
How many of us have those old jeans that we know will fit us again one day? Instead of leaving them in a pile, give them new life and turn them into a really cool and useful jeans picnic blanket. Plus, it's water-resistant!
Would you believe these fun Star Wars Converse shoes were refashioned from old sheets and mod podge? This is such a cool idea. Think about the things you could make with this tutorial. From comic book sneakers to Disney princess and more!
Give your old, plain t-shirts new life by adding a pattern pocket. It's super simple to do using fabric mod podge. I love this idea and can imagine the fun patterns that you can use. Don't throw out those old t-shirts!
If you are like me and you hate throwing out old clothes, this DIY braided storage basket is for you! You can use up all those old t-shirts, or scrap fabric to make this handy storage basket. Now you have a reason for saving all those old clothes!
Repair those old worn out knees of pants with new patches in a fun material. It's quick and easy and extends the life of the pants.
What’s your favorite upcycle project? Leave a comment below!
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
Danielle lives in Maryland with her three young sons and her husband, Brandon. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, horseback rides, and has a small homestead with goats and ducks. Visit her shop to buy patterns or her sewing eBooks. Subscribe to her newsletter to get blog updates, free patterns and other printables by clicking here.