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Recycling Your Old Clothes

Feeling worried about the piles of old clothes you never wear however, are not charity store worthy? Get creative and turn your garbage into your very own fresh treasure!

Parting with old clothing can be rough, but if it comes to the stage that you are unable to shut the doors of the apparel whilst just really wearing a very small bit of what is inside — something has gotkindly give.

To begin with, consider selling any designer equipment or even more unique pieces you may have on eBay to determine whether it is possible to turn these threads into money. We have got a fantastic guide on the way to earn more money when selling your products on eBay directly here.

Another alternative of course would be to take your own wearables which are still in good nick down to a local charity store (although be sure that you don’t wind up leaving with more things than you walked with, don’t forget the goal of this exercise!)) . If there are things in there that you’ve got a little bit of an attachment to or which you can not envision a charity store having the ability to market, another trick is this: upcycle!

The attractiveness of upcycling is your choices are infinite — and the more innovative, the better. Additionally, since you’ll invest a little bit of time turning your laundry into something brand new, the notion of ‘upcycling’ is that you will ‘update’ them to something you will enjoy much more than you did before.

Listed below are a couple of ideas we’ve for upcycling your laundry into something brand new. It is like going on a shopping spree without leaving your home or spending a cent. Neat!

Great Ways To Recycle Your Clothes

Turn Them Into Cushion

It always seems a pity when you’ve been amassing tour t-shirts from a number of your finest gigs or festivals through time, just for them to end up being utilized as pyjamas. Or maybe you’re holding on to a seriously ragged jumpers and t-shirts which you never wear anymore but which have a real sentimental value.

Either way, a excellent method to avoid chucking out these and instead bringing them in the limelight is by sewing them into simple cushion covers. Might be worth considering a bit about your color scheme before you start chopping them up though! Here’s a video tutorial to get you started.

Bonus tip: Try out this with any university hoodies you’ve got and you’re going to have a wonderful souvenir for after graduation!

Rip Them Jeans Into Something Else

Whenever your favorite denims have seen better days and summertime is (ideally) just around the corner, all you have to do in order to make a completely different look is to have a set of fabric scissors and chop up those babies! Jeans can obviously be clipped into shorts, or maybe a denim mini skirt with a couple of snips and stitches.

For shorts, be sure to indicate where you would like them to be trimmed too before you begin snipping so there aren’t any surprises once you set them on! You do not wish to cut unevenly so large since they’re left unwearable.

Also, be careful to not snip the bottoms of your jean pockets at the procedure, or else you’re going to wind up dropping change all around the store (been there, sadly).

Should you end up cutting off your shorts too brief, sew up the legs and flip your denims to a tote bag, complete with convenient side pockets!

Craft Cold/Warm Packs From Parchments

This is a superb option for any unwanted items that you have that are made of solid material without much elastic to them (therefore t-shirts and jumpers won’t work for this particular one, but shirts will, as will some skirts and dresses).

Cut the material you have into about 5″ x 5″ squares along with a few additional squares the same size at a straightforward flannel substance to double up and create the packs extra strong.

Once you’ve stitched the squares together and stuffed them with uncooked rice, possibly pop them in the freezer to be used as an ice pack or blast them in the microwave for 30 minutes and you have got a great little hot water jar replacement (which will save you on your energy bills!) .

You can even create longer packs from trouser legs which can subsequently be set across the bottom of your bed to keep your toes warm during the winter months! Check out this complete tutorial for details on how best to get started.

From XL To XS

This is a superb option for any unwanted items that you have that are made of solid material without much elastic to them (therefore t-shirts and jumpers won’t work for this particular one, but shirts will, as will some skirts and dresses).

Cut the material you have into about 5″ x 5″ squares along with a few additional squares the same size at a straightforward flannel substance to double up and create the packs extra strong.

Once you’ve stitched the squares together and stuffed them with uncooked rice, possibly pop them in the freezer to be used as an ice pack or blast them in the microwave for 30 minutes and you have got a great little hot water jar replacement (which will save you on your energy bills!) .

You can even create longer packs from trouser legs which can subsequently be set across the bottom of your bed to keep your toes warm during the winter months! Check out this complete tutorial for details on how best to get started.

Recycling The Accessories

Ok, so this one does not technically involve upcycling your clothes, but it is all fashion-related, correct?

We felt we simply had to mention that one, because jewelry upcycling could be super fun, and may even be beneficial for the environment if you utilize substances that are hard to recycle.

A busted set of earrings or a ring that is lost it is pendant could be embezzled with whatever you find especially stylin’. By way of instance, jar high earrings like those from the picture above, and we stumbled upon a designer that left her whole jewellery collection from those various colored Nespresso coffee capsules (that can be notoriously difficult to recycle).

Saving the world, 1 outfit at one time!

These are only a couple of suggestions for how to remain trendy on a student budget. If you have got any more thoughts for upcycling or customising clothes, make a comment below!