Most people want to find different ways of saving money to make extra room in their budget for other types of expenses. Reusing old clothes is an ideal way of changing up your wardrobe and avoid spending more on new pieces.
As we turn over our closets to prepare for each season, we’re often left with a pile of clothes from said closet that are no longer wearable and they’re too old or damaged to donate. Instead of hauling piles of old clothes to the dumpster, consider reusing and repurposing them.
There are countless ways you can reuse your old clothes to get the most out of every dollar you spent on them. Consider the following ideas for yourself, gifts for others, or even to sell for a small profit.
Make Clothing Patches –
You can use the material from an old shirt or a jean jacket to use for patches that will cover up holes that are present on a pair of pants. You can salvage other types of clothing that you own if they’ve become worn or have ripped with the use of patches that can extend the lifespan of the item. Choose a material that is the same color shade to ensure that the patch blends in with the rest of the item or be funky and add some crazy splashes of color or fun patterns.
Create Cleaning Rags –
One of the oldest – and easiest – ways to reuse old clothes is to turn them into cleaning rags. Old clothes, particularly old flannels, and soft t-shirts make excellent rags for all-purpose cleaning. They are absorbent, spongy, and lint-free, so they are great for cleaning kitchens, bathrooms, windows, and really just about anywhere. Instead of spending money on cleaning cloths to dust your furniture or wipe down your countertops, you can create your own cloths that will save you money by allowing you to reuse a t-shirt or socks that you no longer wear. The cloths can also be used to dust off your car throughout the week in between washes to keep it maintained and looking new. Making the rags is simple: Just cut or tear and start cleaning!
DIY Unique Toys –
Your softest old threads also make excellent materials for toys. Grab patterns from your local craft store to create a unique collection of stuffed animals. And while you are working on items for the little ones in your life, give new life to old t-shirts and turn them into soft, durable and original rompers for babies and toddlers. A quick Internet search can get you started on how to pattern, cut, and sew your very own DIY romper designs. Rompers are all the rage right now too!
Instead of spending a lot to keep your kids occupied during the day, you can create a fun collection of stuffed animals for your little ones. You can also get creative by adding buttons onto the eyes or small clothing items for the animals that are made from the old clothing that is no longer needed. The items can also be given as gifts to your family members and friends for baby showers when you want to give a unique product that is original.
Resize for Younger Siblings –
Save money by using overalls or pajamas from older children and resizing them for the younger kids in the family with a hand-me-down item that can be used again. Casual dresses can be hemmed for younger children or even made into a shirt.