If you haven’t worn it in 6 months, or it’s SO last season, it’s time for those old clothes to go. You might not know this, but there are many ways you can repurpose your old clothing into something brand new and chic.
Use your old clothes for these, funky, original ideas:
Use old belts to reinvent an old chair
Do you remember that dilapidated old riempie chair you inherited from your grandmother? And those cracked belts Granddad wore? Combine the two to make an interesting, and pretty darn comfortable, repurposed chair. Here’s how…
• One rickety old chair (a chair that’s not that old is fine, too; give it a vintage look by sanding or whitewashing it)
• A few weathered belts (new ones will also do, just sand them and stain them with wood stainer to give them a worn look)
• A hammer
• A few nails or pop rivets, if you have the equipment
What to do:
1. There’s really nothing to this project. Start off by removing the thongs from the seat of the chair.
2. Fix the belts in place with your hammer and nails and then weave them in a perpendicular fashion.
3. As soon as you’re happy with your arrangement, use the hammer and nails to fasten the belts on the other side of the chair. Make sure they are fastened securely, so as to avoid embarrassment when you or your guests use the chair.
Use old ties to make a lamp shade
If you have a lamp lying around, you can use old ties to give it an entirely new look which will look right at home in an eclectic home.
• A lamp with its lamp shade
• A few old ties
• Wood glue
What to do:
1. Arrange the ties into a pattern that tickles your fancy.
2. Glue your ties onto the lamp shade using wood glue.
Use an old T-shirt to make a grocery bag
Old T-shirts can be used for many things. This idea is great if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and recycle in more ways than one.
• An old T-shirt
• A needle and thread (if you can use a sewing machine, this will be done in two ticks)
What to do:
1. The hem or the bottom of the shirt will be the top of the bag. Using the hem as the handle of the bag will make it stronger. Draw out the shape of the bag and cut it out with your scissors.
2. Sew around the bottom and sides of the bag to close it off.
3. Draw lines as guides for the slits of the bag and cut them with the tips of your scissors.
This idea has been adapted from: Delia Creates
Make a hand warmer or cold pack from old flannel pajamas
These bags can be used either as hand warmers or as cold packs. They’re simple to make and will see you through a few winters, and help soothe those aches and pains.
• 4 13cm x 13cm squares of flannel from your old pajamas
• A needle and thread or a sewing machine
• A ¾ cup of rice
What to do:
You’ll be using 4 squares for each bag. One square will be the lining, and the other will be the outside, use the good side of your jammies for this.
1. Use your sewing machine or needle and thread to sew along three sides of the bag. Leave room for a seam of roughly 1cm on each side.
2. Before turning the bag inside out, cut the corners just before the seam to make the bag a little less bulky.
3. Pop out the corners of the bag using a pen to make it look neat.
4. Fill the bag with the rice and close the opening with your needle and thread or sewing machine. Pop it in the microwave for a heat pack or keep it in the freezer for when you need a cold pack.
This idea has been adapted from: Bee in my bonnet
These ideas are great for repurposing old clothes, but remember to drop the ones you don’t use off at your nearest shelter, children’s home or old age home and give others the chance to reuse what you don’t have any purpose for anymore.