12 Easy DIY Tips to Recycle Old Clothes

These days, most of us have noticed a huge increase in the amount of clothing we own. We buy new items, wear them a few times, and then throw them away when we’re done. This has had a huge impact on our environment, and it’s important to start thinking about how we can reuse and recycle our old clothes.

Recycling old clothes is a great way to give them a new life while helping the environment. It is also an economical and creative way to extend the life of clothing you may no longer wear. Here are some easy DIY tips to recycle old clothes that anyone can do.


  1. Make a Quilt

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    If you have a collection of old t-shirts, sweaters, and other items, you can turn them into a quilt. First, lay out the items you want to use and cut them into equal sized squares. Then, sew the squares together, leaving a small seam allowance. Once all the squares are connected, you can layer on batting and back the quilt with muslin. Finally, sew the quilt together using a quilting stitch.

  1. Create a Pillow

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    If you have an old sweater or T-shirt that you no longer wear, you can easily turn it into a pillow. Cut the garment into two equal pieces and sew the three sides together, leaving the top open. Stuff the pillow with batting and sew the top closed.

  1. Upcycle Jeans

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    Old jeans can be used to make a variety of items, from tote bags to aprons. Start by cutting the legs off the jeans and removing the seams. Then, use a sewing machine to sew the sides together, creating a large piece of fabric. From there, you can create a tote bag or apron.

  1. Make a Headband

    An old t-shirt or scarf can be transformed into a headband. Start by cutting the fabric into two strips, measuring about 1” wide. Then, sew the strips together, leaving one end open. Turn the headband inside out and sew the open end shut.

  1. Turn Socks into Slippers 

    Got some old socks you no longer wear? Give them new life by turning them into cozy slippers. Start by cutting off the top of the sock, right above the heel. Then, fold the fabric in on itself and sew the sides together. Finish by adding a sole to the bottom of the slippers.

  1. Make a Purse

    If you have an old dress or skirt, you can easily turn it into a purse. Start by cutting the fabric into two equal pieces, creating two rectangles. Sew the two rectangles together, leaving a 1” seam allowance. Add straps to the top and a lining to the inside.

  1. Make a Bag

    You can choose to repurpose your scarf into a bag. You can easily turn a large scarf into a stylish bag. First, fold the scarf in half and sew the sides together. Then, add a lining to the inside and straps to the top.

    You also can make a tote bag from your old clothes. Cut two pieces of fabric from the old clothes and sew them together, leaving a small opening for stuffing. You can use the excess fabric from the clothing to create handles for the tote bag.

    8. Refashion old clothes into new styles

    There are a lot of ways to transform an old piece of clothing into something new. For example, you can cut an old t-shirt into a cute crop top or add some lace to your old jeans to give them a more feminine feel. With a little bit of imagination and creativity, you can completely revamp an old piece of clothing.

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    Another famous example of refashioning is turning old jeans into shorts. Cut off the legs of the jeans and hem the bottom of the legs. You can also use the excess fabric from the legs to create new pockets for the shorts.

  1. Create fabric jewelry

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    You can use scraps of fabric to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more. All you need is some fabric glue and some basic jewelry-making tools, and you’ll be able to create some beautiful and unique jewelry pieces.

  1. Upcycle old clothes into toys

    If you have a lot of old clothes that you don’t want to repurpose or refashion, you can use them to make all sorts of fun toys for children. For example, you can make dolls, stuffed animals, and more.

  1. Make a rag rug

    If you’re looking for a more rustic look, you can use strips of fabric to make a rag rug. All you need is some fabric, a crochet hook, and some basic sewing skills to make this unique and stylish rug.

  1. Design a hat

    Cut a circle from the old clothing and sew the edges together. Add a small piece of elastic to the bottom of the hat and use a piece of fabric to create a brim.

Recycling old clothes is a great way to give them a new life and help the environment. With these easy DIY tips, anyone can turn their old clothes into something new. From quilts to bags and beyond, the possibilities are endless.

Don’t worry if you’re not the crafty type – there are still plenty of ways to recycle old clothes. You could take them to a charity shop, or you could even sell them online. This is a great way to make some extra cash, and it’s also good for the environment as it means that your old clothes won’t be sent to landfill.


Finally, if you’re stuck for ideas and the clothes are no longer in wearable condition, consider putting them in landfills. It’s not an ideal solution, but it’s still better than trying to pass it on (either through donation or selling) only for the receiver to dump them anyway. 


So, which ones of these would you try this Christmas? Let us know in the comment!


Also read: 5 Eco-Friendly Tips to Celebrate Christmas and New Years

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