4 Unique Upcycling Ideas For Old Clothes And Fabric

These days it seems like everyone is talking about sustainability, recycling, and upcycling. Brands have definitely caught on to this trend, and while reducing waste is important, sustainable clothing and household fixtures can get super expensive. With more eco-friendly clothing popping up everywhere, it's easy to think that digging into your wallet is the only way to make a change, but that's absolutely not the case! Rather than buying expensive new store-bought items, open up your storage closet and dig straight to the bottom. These 4 unique ways to upcycle old clothing and fabrics will transform your old clothes into useful household items and fun accessories. No waste, and definitely no wallet!

1. Fun Flower Pillow

You'll Need:

  • worn-out sweater
  • scissors
  • needle & thread
  • pins
  • round pillow
  • yarn
  • 2 empty toilet paper rolls

Here's How:

1.1 Cut 2 equally-sized circles out of an old, worn-out sweater.

1.2 Pin the 2 circles together at the outer edge and sew them together using a needle & thread. Be sure to leave an opening large enough to fit the pillow.

1.3 Turn the pillowcase inside out and carefully push a round pillow inside. Sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch so that the seam stays hidden.

1.4 Use 2 empty toilet paper rolls and yarn to make about 20 homemade pom poms. The full instructions can be found in the video, or in the instructions for the Fluffy Bobble Rug.

1.5 Attach the pom poms around the outer edge of the pillowcase and your cute flower couch pillow is ready to go!

2. Homemade Scrunchies

You'll Need:

  • worn-out T-shirt
  • scissors
  • needle & thread
  • elastic band
  • safety pin

Here's How:

2.1 Cut a thick strip of fabric out of a worn-out T-shirt.

2.2 Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthwise and sew it together along the entire edge so that it becomes a long tube of fabric.

2.3 Turn the fabric inside out so that the seam ends up on the inside.

2.4 Fasten a safety pin to one end of an elastic band and use the safety pin to help push the elastic band all the way through the tube of fabric.

2.5 Sew the 2 ends of the elastic band together tightly and sew the fabric shut for a chic new homemade scrunchie!

3. Decorative Vase

You'll Need:

  • crochet doily
  • vase
  • spray adhesive

Here's How:

To transform an old vase from boring to eye-catching, attach a crochet doily to the front using spray adhesive. Decorate 1 vase or a whole bunch, and your home will have cute new accents!

4. Stylish Shoelaces

You'll Need:

  • worn-out scarf
  • scissors
  • fabric glue
  • safety pin
  • transparent tape

Here's How:

4.1 Cut an old scarf into 2 long strips, each about 1 inch thick.

4.2 Fold the short ends over and glue them in place with fabric glue in order to avoid fraying.

4.3 Fold each strip of fabric in half lengthwise and use fabric glue to glue the edges together so that you end up with 2 long tubes of fabric.

4.4 Fasten a safety pin to 1 end of each tube of fabric, thread the safety pin through the tube, and turn the fabric inside out.

4.5 Tightly wrap transparent tape around each end of the tubes of fabric to create aglets for the shoelaces. This will make it easy to lace them into your shoes.

4.6 Pull the laces through the eyelets in your shoes, and your kicks will be kicked up a notch!

The next time you're thinking about tossing your old clothes, think twice – there's always a great upcycling idea or two you can try out. These easy ideas will make your home cozier and your look more fun and original, plus they won't cost you a thing!

Get the instructions for Upcycling Old Leggings and Ways To Upcycle Old Materials featured in the bonus video.


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