If you have a bag of clothes that are too worn or stained to donate, then it is worth one final look-through to see if you can upcycle. Do you like the embroidery of a top? Well, pull that out, because you can cut out the embroidery, hem around the outside and then sew it as a feature onto a skirt. Do you like the fabric print of a dress, but it has a hole on the sleeve? Then cut it down, add elastic at the waist and turn it into a skirt. In thrifty times, you need to look at everything you are throwing out and try to find a new use. It is good for your hip pocket, good for landfill and good for the environment.
These are 3 projects that I completed last weekend, to give you more ideas. Why don't you do some upcycling this weekend?
My daughter had grown out of this sparkly singlet top which had a hole on the back, but still loved the sequin design. To give it new life, I cut out the front section, positioned it over a hardback notebook and cut it to shape. On the inside of the book, I taped the fabric in place first to ensure that the heart was straight and the edges were neat. When it was ready, I then super glued the fabric down on the inside and cut off any extra fabric. I then glued a rectangle of cardboard over the top, to hide the messy edges. It now takes pride of place on her desk.
Turn an old skirt with hem embroidery into a scarf!
This brown silk skirt used to have crinkles down the length, but unfortunately, over time the crinkles dropped out and the elastic on the waist stretched. I wanted to save the beautiful silk fabric and the embroidery, so I cut out the embroidery top and bottom, folded the fabric in half length-ways so I had front and back the same, hemmed the edges together and turned it into a scarf. It feels beautiful against the skin and looks good too!
When my daughter grows out of school skirts I normally donate them to the school or local op shops, however sometimes they are too stained to do so. With these ones, I cut them up and turn them into scrunchies using wide elastic, so she has matching scrunchies to her uniform. Scrunchies can be expensive at the shops and I can make several from one skirt. If the skirt has elastic in the waistband, that can be recycled too - nothing goes to waste!
These are just 3 ways you can upcycle your clothing, but every project will be different. Just find a feature that you love and try and work out how you can save it and re-purpose it for someone in your family. Perhaps you could turn a bag with a broken zip into a recycle bag for the supermarket or a pair of trousers with ripped hems into shorts? Half the fun is working out how to do it and then enjoying the results.