Our homes are filled with plenty of clothes, most of them old ones. With the ever changing fashion and new styles to try, it’s only understandable that our closets are overflowing with clothes that we will never ever wear again. But isn’t this a waste of meters and meters of fabric that might have been of use in things other than wearing? Honestly it is, and so, here are some nice creative ideas to make those old clothes of yours more useful. Let you creative juices flow and see yourself being astonished with the results.
1. Recycle old clothes: Make cleaning cloth
Clothes are in constant need for cleaning purposes. Be it the bathroom mirror or the closet in your kitchen, you’ll be in need of clothes to clean all of them. Why not use your old clothes instead of buying some more for cleaning the house? Here are a few good suggestions: you can use old socks, especially the terry one for cleaning surfaces. All you need to do is cut open the sock from the back and use the inside of it for cleaning. You can use the lighter colored socks for cleaning bathroom surfaces while darker ones for tables and furniture which collect dust and you can see how much dirt you’ve removed!
2. Recycle old cloth: Make cloth craft
Another beautiful way of expressing your creativity, along with making use of your old cloth, is by making cloth craft. You can make puppets, book covers, coasters, small covers for you electronic items, decorative bows and much more with your collection of old clothes. Once you get going at making new and innovative things from stuff in your closet, you won’t be running to the craft store to buy those pretty items anymore.
3. Consign them
Where can good clothes, which for one reason or the other haven’t been worn, go? To the consignment store of course. Consignment stores offer to sell your clothes and give you a part of the deal too, not a bad option at all! Do contact your local consignment store before taking truckloads of clothes only to be informed that they don’t need your stuff. Yes, even consignment stores are choosy and might want just a particular style or size. So before heading to the nearest store, make a call.
4. Make mittens out of an old sweater
There comes a huge change from one winter to other and sometimes, you just get surprised to see the sweaters you were wearing last season. If you have such sweaters, which you want out of sight asap, then you can use them for a good purpose: making mittens.
Just take the sweater, cut out pieces according to the size of your hands, sew the two pieces together and viola ! your mittens are ready. A few point of advice though – do the sewing on the reverse side and then turn the sweater (now mitten) inside out and decide in advance how many mittens and of which design patterns would you like to chalk out. You can also give away some mittens as gifts!
5. Reuses for old socks
Old socks are probably one of the most popular, irritable item in any house. Some lose a partner, some just tear off, some are too old to wear and then there are some, which should better be disowned. Be it for any reason, unworn socks are in plenty and you can do a lot with them than just dumping in the nearest bin.
Old socks can be used for making a rug for instance. You can sew them all together into a nice pattern of colors and turn them into a sock mat! Apart from a unique invention, it would be one of the most feet friendly mat in the world.
You can also protect your precious shoes by making shoe cover from your socks. Take unused socks, do a little restitching if needed, and you have home made protection for your shoes.
Another use of old socks is using them as cushion for packing. When you have to send some fragile stuff through mail/courier, it always helps to protect is as much as you can. You can add that extra protection to your packing by stuffing unused socks or covering the item with layers. Be sure that the socks you use are clean and fresh.
Old socks have always been used as making hand puppets. An idea that never goes waste in house filled with kids. It’s simple, cheap and keeps kids engaged for a long time, longer than those expensive gizmos in the market. So pick out some colorful old socks, make up a nice story and invite kids for some good time.