Upcycling can help reduce waste, which in turn is a way of preserving the environment. It’s also a fantastic way to save money because instead of buying something, you can make it with the materials that you already have. With some imagination and creativity, you can turn your old clothes into something more useful. You don’t need to throw them away or keep them in your closet taking up space. Here are some ideas on how you can upcycle your old clothes.

Blanket or bed cover

Thinking of buying a new bed cover or blanket? Save your money by pulling those unused clothes out of your closet and turning them into one. Cut t-shirts into squares and put them together into one blanket or bed cover by sewing them. You may need a sewing machine to make the process quicker. However, if you don’t have one, you can also sew it by hand. It may just take a bit longer, but all the hard work will pay off once you see the result. Your blanket or bed cover will be one that is uniquely yours. 

Reusable bag

You can purchase reusable bags as a green alternative to one-time use plastics. Make the “going green” a notch higher by creating your own reusable bag instead of buying one. Your old clothes are perfect for this upcycling project. You have the option to sew the bottom part of your shirt and use the sleeves as the handles. Another alternative is to tie the bottom part. It will serve the same purpose, but it will save you time from sewing. 


Add life to that boring or empty wall by turning your old clothes into art. Find one that has an incredible design that you would love to see on your wall. If you have a favourite shirt that you no longer use, you can also use that for this easy art project. Cut the part on the t-shirt that you want to use and put it in a frame, which you will then hang on your wall as an art décor. 


You can use any old clothes as pillowcases, but those with soft and fluffy materials like jumpers and sweaters will give a warm and cosy feel. Old long-sleeved polos are also fantastic options for this project as the buttons will add an attractive designs. 


During the winter season, you will need all the things that you can use to keep yourself warm. A hand warmer is an addition to those things and you can make one using your old clothes. Cut them into squares of the same size, about 5 inches on all sides. Sew all three sides, fill with uncooked rice, and sew the remaining side to secure it. Put in the microwave for half a minute and you have a do it yourself hand warmer.

Aside from your old clothes, you can also use leftover fabrics for these ideas. You may have a project that requires you to buy new fabrics like the ones offered at Dalston Mill Fabrics. It can be anything from gowns to any other DIY things. Chances are you will have scrap fabric, which you can turn into something else. Aside from using them in your own home, you can also give them as gifts to your friends.