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I love to invent new ways to upcycle old clothes. It’s amazing how you can take one object, and add a little time and imagination to get something completely different. Although I love coming up with my own ways to upcycle old clothes, I also like seeing the ingenious ways other people have already found. With that in mind, I gathered up some of my favorite DIY clothes upcycle projects to share with you. Enjoy!
Ways to Upcycle Old Clothes – Sweaters
DIY Upcycled Sweater Pillow Case from My Sewing Mall. Someday I swear I will make one of these pillows. It’s been on my list for years…
DIY Sweater Beret from Trash to Couture. What a creative use for an old sweater!
Upcycled Sweater Cowl Scarf by Diary of a Crafty Lady. She also shows how to make an adult version (plus a LOT of other cool ways to upcycle old clothes).
This is my Upcycled Child’s Hat from an old sweater with no sewing machine required – just a simple handsewn running stitch.
Gigantic Sweatshirt Refashion by Sew Unique in CO. I cannot express how much I want this sweater, especially with those buttons!
Make a Sweater Into Mittens by Make & Do Crew. The red and white color combination makes these mittens so striking.
Ways to Upcycle Old Clothes – T-Shirts
T-Shirt Bracelets by A Girl and A Glue Gun. This is going on my Christmas gift idea list for my sisters.
My daughter wore this Upcycled Girl’s Skort to the county fair and it was a big hit 🙂
How to Make a T-Shirt Tote Bag by Mommypotamus. The way she finishes the bottom of the bag seems so complicated, yet it really is not. This is such a great way to use all our old logo T-shirts.
Turn an Upcycled T-Shirt into a Pillow by Creative Green Living. The way this logo fits in this shape is amazing and adorable. Plus, my kids always need new weapons for pillow fights…
I have no idea how many of these Upcycled Drawstring Backpacks I have made so far. They are just so easy, fun, and customizable that I can’t seem to stop myself.
DIY Turban Headband by pinnedandrepinned. These can be made in any size from old t-shirts. I have a feeling I can also use old lightweight sweaters. Think of all the embellishments you could add to customize.
Ways to Upcycle Old Clothes – Jeans
How To Turn Old Jeans Into A Skirt from The Sewing Pixies. So I have a box (and huge garbage bag) of old jeans that were given to me. I am always looking for ways to upcycle them. Problem (or one small portion of it) solved!
Repurposed Denim Wall Organizer by Redo It Yourself Inspirations. Such a creative way to reduce my stash of old jeans. I want to make one for my makeup, brushes, straightener, and other items always strewn across my bathroom sink.
Ways to Upcycle Old Clothes – Miscellaneous
No Mess, Easy Sew Toothbrush Travel Bag by Frugal Family Times. Okay, I know this isn’t really old clothes, but I had to include it. How have I never thought of something like this before? I have a similar product my Mom made for my knitting needles and it works like a dream.
Refashion Blanket into Blanket Coat by Fab Art DIY. I’m smitten with the colors and style of this coat. Plus, it looks so cozy 🙂
Check out these cool DIY Father’s Day Scented Sachets from Sadie Seasongoods. Guess what’s going in my Dad’s stocking this year?
Pants Turned Crop Wrap Top Refashion from Paper Michey. Okay, so this is one I would not wear, but I admire the ingenuity. Plus, I have a friend who would be ecstatic to receive this.
DIY Vintage Necktie Pocket by An Inspired Mess. I have used ties for many different projects, but I never thought of this. It’s such much better than the sandwich bag I usually take my travel makeup in.
Dress from Onesie by the ReFab Diaries. I came across this tutorial because I have a mountain of onesies that need upcycled. My daughter is quite tall so she’s grown out of all her onesies in length, but they still fit around. Most of them I’ve just cut off and hemmed, but I can’t wait to try this project.