Do you have a pile of old clothing passed down to you from family members or items you don’t see yourself wearing in the future? Instead of throwing them out, here are a few ways you can repurpose your old clothing.
Make a Quilt
Do you have a lot of old sweaters that you’re never going to wear? Then instead of tossing them into a landfill, spend your weekend knitting them together into a cozy and one-of-a-kind quilted blanket. Even if you have the most basic of sewing skills, you can create a patchwork quilt to be envied.
Whether it’s a small crossbody bag, a makeup pouch or a large tote, you can turn almost any article of clothing into a multipurpose bag. It’s an easy do-it-yourself project that has endless possibilities.
So you can’t find the perfect throw pillows for your bed or couch. What do you do? Find an old pair of pants or fuzzy socks and make your own! All you need to do is sew your pieces together, use older, less attractive clothing as stuffing, and you’ve got yourself a cozy throw pillow.
Make Something New
One easy way to repurpose old clothing is to turn it into an entirely new piece. If you aren’t a fan of the sleeves on an old sweater or the length of a pair of pants or a shirt, those can easily be altered, either by you or a professional. Look at all your options before donating older clothing or ripping it to shreds to craft something else entirely.
If you’re in the market for a small accent rug to brighten up a room, don’t go out and buy one. Instead, look for an old sweater or shirt that you can turn into a shaggy rug in a snap. There are several ways you can do this, through crocheting, sewing, knotting or using an embroidery hoop.
Whether it’s an old pair of socks or another article of clothing, you can make your own air fresheners in a short amount of time. A sock being the easiest thing to fill, dump in some herbs or fragrant potpourri before sewing up the open end. Now you have a fragrant pouch that can be tossed into your closet or anywhere that needs a bit of freshening up.
Older clothes are made from more natural sources than what’s produced today. As organic materials, cotton, wool and silk can actually be composted or used for mulch in new garden beds. It’s an effective way to get rid of clothes without dumping them in a landfill and adding more waste to the planet.
If you aren’t the craftiest person, then consider stopping by our Toronto consignment store to sell your old clothes and browse through our stock. At Extoggery, we’re one of Toronto’s top consignment stores, featuring high-quality designer clothes from a variety of brands. For an affordable price, we have brand-name apparel, shoes, jewellery, purses and much more. With options for everyone, be sure to stop by our consignment store anytime!