What do you do when you are done with your clothes, when they no longer fit anymore? Do you give them away? What if an article of clothing has a hole in it? Do you try to donate it to the Salvation Army? Do you just throw old clothes in the garbage? I know to everything there is a season, and sometimes a trip to the garbage is in order. But not so fast…not always…There may be a new life, a new purpose for that garbage of yours.
First, I will say I am not a hoarder. I don’t have piles and piles of clothes to re-purpose. I do have one pile. And I do throw things in the trash, too. I just might be as quick as others to do so. Especially if I like the pattern, I want to give the item a different purpose.
Here is a list of things that I keep to use for re-purposing in bold, and following that some items you may consider making from them. This list is by no means, exhaustive. I would love to hear your input of things you keep to re-purpose and items that can be made from the re-purposed materials, as I would love to add your wisdom to this list.
- t-shirts-no-sew bags, skirts, rags, infinity scarves, pillow, quilt, wrapping “paper”, braided dog chew toy
- Velcro-reusable snack bags, reusable lunch bags
- fleece-ear warmers, scarves, doll clothes
- elastic from sweatpants, pajama pants, boxers, leggings-skirts, kids’ pajama pants, doll clothes, scrunchies
- buttons-use to decorate clothes and accessories, keep to have on hand, stuffed animal eyes, doll clothes
- zippers-keep to have on hand (I have have kept a few but haven’t used any yet), good for practicing sewing a zipper, cosmetic bags, pillows
- cotton-scrunchies, reusable napkins, doll clothing, quilt, book marker, artwork, wrapping “paper”
- flannel-reusable napkins, reusable baby wipes, doll clothing, scrunchies, feminine products, wrapping “paper”
- raincoat-reusable lunch bag
- socks-rags (I keep them under every sink I have for easy access for cleaning EVERYTHING), puppets, monkeys, feminine products
- towels/washcloths-stuffing for pot holders, reusable baby wipes, towel bib, feminine products
- sweatshirt material-make “yarn”, doll clothes, scrunchies
- tights-footless tights (Abbie LOVES these), headbands, underwear
- cotton knit collars-towel bib, kid shirts
- sports watch-reusable snack bags, reusable lunch bags
- ties-boys’ tie, Father’s Day Banner, belt, skirt, bow tie
- sweater-pillow cover, vest (I have one sweater that’s been waiting a few years for this), leg warmers, hat, mittens, stuff to make a toy snake
- lining of nice dresses-lining for snack bags
- dresses-skirts, scrunchies, quilt, book marker, artwork, apron (I have a skirt waiting to be made into an apron now)
- backpack-reusable snack bags, reusable lunch bags
- jeans-purse, stuffing for pot holders, denim quilt, keep for patching other jeans, shorts, stuffing for place mats
- pants-shorts, doll clothing, scrunchies,
- receiving blankets-batting for quilting
- lawn chair, jogging stroller material-reusable lunch bags
My girls also have a bag of scraps from all of this so they can practice cutting and making clothes.
Is there anything I am missing? Anything that you can add to this list?
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