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Upcycle Your Old Clothing Instead of Throwing it Away

Are you decluttering your closet and have old clothing to get rid of? Why not upcycle it instead of tossing it? Here are some great ways to upcycle your old clothing and get more use out of it.

upcycle your old clothing

Since we’ve been cleaning out and organizing our bedrooms for the past two months, I’m sure there are clothes you have that you need to get rid of.

Do you have a bunch of clothes that no longer fit? Or are way out of style?

Or maybe you have clothes you’re hanging onto for sentimental reasons; like grandma’s shirt because it was her favorite.

Sometimes it’s hard to get rid of old clothes. For me, I hang on to a lot of clothes because I just can’t bring myself to spend so much money on a new wardrobe. Or because I keep telling myself I’ll actually fit into those jeans again one day.

Of course, some clothes aren’t donation-worthy and who knows where they’ll end up if you send them to Goodwill.

By now I’m sure you’re thinking, “Well, what should I do with all these old clothes, then? Just throw them away?”

No! Upcycle your old clothing instead!

Ways to upcycle your old clothing

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Upcyled t-shirts

Make a rag wreath. Just rip the t-shirt into strips and tie them onto a metal wreath form.

rag wreath from old t-shirts

Make a rag rug. Rip the t-shirt into 1/2″ strips and tie them onto a non-slip rug pad.

Rag Bath Mat - Upcycle your old clothing

Make t-shirt pom poms. I think these are so cute! Just rip the t-shirt into strips, wrap them around cardboard, cut and tie to make pom poms!

t-shirt pom poms

Make a t-shirt pillow. This is a great way to use a t-shirt that is sentimental to you. It’s also a lot of fun for kids to make, too because it’s really easy! I still have some of my daughter’s favorite t-shirts that she wore when she was little. She would love making a pillow out of them!

t-shirt pillow - upcycle your old clothing

Make a dog’s toy. Rip a t-shirt into strips, braid the strips together, and tie off both ends.

t-shirt dog toy

Make some pretty bracelets. These are so easy to make, too. Just rip a t-shirt into strips, braid the strips together, and wrap around a metal bangle.

t-shirt bracelets - upcycle your old clothing

Upcycled jeans

Make coasters. These cute coasters would also make great gifts! They look easy to put together, too.

coasters from jeans

Make a pillow cover. This pillow cover is beautiful! For some reason, it reminds me of sitting by the beach. And it makes me want to learn to sew ASAP!

pillow cover from jeans - upcycle your old clothing

Make potholders. Protect your hands while getting those hot pans out of the oven with these cute potholders made from jean pockets!

potholders made from jeans

Make a wine bag. Can you believe these wine bags are made from pants legs? They’re so cute! And perfect for gift-giving.

wine bag

Make a planter. How cute is this planter made from old jeans? I searched and searched, but I cannot find how to make these, which is sad because I want to make some! Any suggestions? I’m thinking maybe fill the legs with dirt? Here’s the funny thing – imagine what they’ll look like when you water your plants!

planter made from old jeans

Which of these is your favorite? How do you upcycle your old clothing?

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upcycle your old clothes

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