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15 Ways To Help You Upcycle Your Old Clothes

We all have clothes in our closet that we don’t wear. Maybe they’re too small, too big, or we’ve just grown tired of them.


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Earlier than you donate them or throw them away, contemplate upcycling them into one thing new!

Flip an outdated t-shirt right into a cute tank high.

  1. 1 Turn an old t-shirt into a cute tank top

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    You can turn an old t-shirt into a brand new tank top with just a pair of scissors and some imagination. Cut off the bottom of the shirt to create a cropped look, then cut out the sides (or sleeves) to make it sleeveless. You can even add embellishments like lace or trim to dress it up.

  2. 2 Make a no-sew scarf from an old sweater

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    This is a great way to upcycle an old sweater that’s too small or damaged to wear anymore. Simply cut the sweater in half, then fringe the cut edge with a sharp knife or pair of scissors. Voila – you have a cozy new scarf!

  3. 3 Repurpose an old dress into a skirt

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    If you have an old dress that you don’t wear anymore, you can easily turn it into a skirt! Just cut off the top part of the dress above the waist, then hem the raw edge to create your new skirt. You can even add pockets if you want.

  4. 4 Create cute cutoff shorts from an old pair of jeans

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    Cutoff denim shorts are all the rage right now, so why not make your own? Simply take an old pair of jeans that doesn’t fit well anymore and cut them off at your desired length (just be sure to leave enough fabric so you can hem them). Then enjoy your trendy new shorts!

  5. 5 Use an old button-down shirt as a pool cover-up

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    Cut off the bottom of an old button-down shirt, then cut slits up the sides to create a flowy, beachy cover-up. You can even add some embellishments like beads or sequins for extra fun in the sun!

  6. 6 Transform an old t-shirt into a cute pillowcase

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    This is a great way to personalize your home décor and upcycle clothes at the same time! Simply cut out two rectangles from an old t-shirt, then sew them together along the edges. Leave an opening at one end so you can insert a pillow, then sew it shut.

  7. 7 Cut up an old pair of jeans to make denim shorts

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    This is a great way to breathe new life into an old pair of jeans that you don’t wear anymore. Simply cut them off at the desired length (just above the knee is usually best), then add some frayed edges for a fun, summery look.

  8. 8 Make a handbag from an old sweater

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    This is a great way to upcycle an old sweater that’s too small or damaged to wear anymore. Cut out two large rectangles from the sweater, then sew them together along the sides and bottom. Add a strap (you can repurpose an old belt or piece of fabric) and you have a brand new handbag!

  9. 9 Turn an old dress into a tunic top

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    If you have a dress that you don’t wear anymore, you can easily turn it into a brand new tunic top! Just cut off the bottom of the dress (above the waistline), then add some elastic around the waistband to keep it in place. You could even sew on some pockets for extra functionality.

  10. 10 Create a maxi skirt from an old bedsheet

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    This is a great way to recycle an old bedsheet that you don’t use anymore. Simply cut it in half, then sew the two halves together along the sides and bottom. Add an elastic waistband and you have a brand new skirt!

  11. 11 Make a scarf from an old t-shirt

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    This is a great way to upcycle an old t-shirt that you don’t wear anymore. Simply cut it into strips, then tie the strips together in a knot. You can make the scarf as long or short as you like, and add embellishments like beads or sequins for extra fun!

  12. 12 Create a beach bag from an old pair of jeans

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    This is a great way to recycle an old pair of jeans that you don’t wear anymore. Cut off the legs of the jeans, then sew the two halves together along the sides and bottom. Add a strap (you can repurpose an old belt or piece of fabric) and you have a brand new beach bag!

  13. 13 Make a purse from an old shirt

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    This is a great way to upcycle an old shirt that you don’t wear anymore. Simply cut out two rectangles from the shirt, then sew them together along the sides and bottom. Add a strap (you can repurpose an old belt or piece of fabric) and you have a brand new purse!

  14. 14 Use an old sweater to make a hat

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    This is a great way to upcycle an old sweater that’s too small or damaged to wear anymore. Cut off the bottom of the sweater, then cut a hole in the center for your head. Cut the sleeves of the sweater into strips, then tie them around the edge of the hat for a cozy, winter look."

  15. 15 Headbands Out of Shirts

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    This is a great way to use up those old t-shirts that are too small or have seen better days. Cut a 1” strip of fabric from the bottom of the shirt, then wrap it around your head and tie in a knot. You can do this with any sized headband, and it’s a great way to add some color to your wardrobe!


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