Bringing new and stylish items into your wardrobe can be exciting, and shopping is an enjoyable pastime for many. However, there are many benefits to be gained from refurbishing and repurposing the clothes you already own instead of simply adding new pieces to your collection.
Buying new clothing can be expensive, and with recent increases in living costs, many people are looking for ways to save. The global fashion industry contributes to excess waste and climate change, which means you’re doing something kind for the planet by rejuvenating your old clothing pieces rather than buying something new.
Interested in breathing some new life into your old clothing, but not sure where to start? Here are a few simple ideas to get you inspired.
Perhaps a shirt or dress has fallen out of favor simply because you don’t wear that style much anymore. When this is the case, you can refurbish your old items into something more fun and enjoyable with a few basic tools — especially your trusty sewing machine!
Hem a pair of slacks into some summer shorts or turn a long skirt into a shorter one to revitalize the design. You could even add details like lace or embroidery to make an old item feel new again.
Some clothing items go unused simply because they have damage that hasn’t been repaired. Use your sewing machine to fix rips or tears so that you’ll feel comfortable and confident wearing that piece again.
Looking to make something one-of-a-kind? You can even use some expertly placed patches to give the item a whole new look.
Your old clothes don’t have to be wearable to be repurposed. If you’ve completely outgrown something or it’s damaged beyond repair, you could always turn it into something totally different, like an accessory or decoration.
For example, denim is an especially great fabric to use for bags, pouches, chair covers, or rugs. Baby clothes can be made into adorable plush teddy bears. The possibilities are endless?
Tired of the color of an old piece of clothing? Shake up its appearance with some homemade tie dye or bleach designs to give the item a totally new look. It’s even a fun activity to do with friends or kids!
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