Whenever I’m sorting through my closet, picking out pieces to donate, there are always a couple that I just can’t seem to get rid of. No, I can’t remember the last time I wore them, and to be honest I have no intention of wearing them at any point in the foreseeable future… but that texture! That print! I won’t let them go. Nope.
Well, clearly those pieces have no business remaining in our closets, but there are lots of ways to reuse them so that we still get to keep ‘em around. Here are some of my favorites for inspiration!
Give it a trim.
Sometimes all a piece of clothing needs is a shorter length, and suddenly it’s the best thing in your closet. I’m constantly turning maxis into minis. Just take a sharp pair of scissors and create the new hemline of your dreams. Just one word of advice: Start lower than you think is necessary. You can always make it shorter — the other way around, however, is not so feasible.
Make a book cover.
What better a way to personalize your journal or sketchbook than with a beautiful fabric book cover made from your very own clothing? All you need is a pair of scissors and a stapler or some hot glue.
Put it in your hair.
One can never have too many hair accessories. Using clothing fabric in your hair is as simple as cutting a small strip and wrapping it around your ponytail. You could also braid it into your hair… make a head scarf with it… and tons more. Get creative!
Adorn your wall.
I love creating vignettes on my walls. It’s so fun to curate a collection of things like old postcards, feathers, dried flowers, and jewelry and display them together in a way that makes you happy. I love the idea of cutting an old maxi skirt or dress into a square and using it as the background for a vignette. Crochet works perfectly for this!
Wrap your lunch.
There’s no need to use a brown paper bag every day just to transport your lunch! Instead, cut an old piece of clothing into a big square and lay it flat on the table, inside out. Then, wrap your lunch in it and tie closed with a piece of twine. Voila! Of course, you could just sew the fabric into a lunch bag instead, but this is much easier. ;)
Make a camera strap.
I’ve always been one for personalizing technology – and a fabric camera strap is a gorgeous way to do just that. Here’s a post we did a while back on a DIY camera strap – I’d just advise to add some stitches in case the hot glue isn’t strong enough to hold your precious camera! And, yes, I painted my camera as well. Why not, right?!
How do you reuse old clothes? Let’s hear it!