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DIY Ideas For Repurposing Old Clothing

Do you have a closet full of old clothes that are just sitting there, not being worn?  If so, don’t throw them away! There are many ways to repurpose your old clothing. If you’re someone who is wondering how to repurpose old clothing, then this blog post is for you! In it, there will be some DIY ideas for repurposing old clothing and turning them into something else entirely. 

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Tote Bag

You can also repurpose old clothing into a tote bag. This project is a bit more complicated, but it’s still doable for anyone. You’ll need a sewing machine, fabric glue, and scissors. First, cut the clothes to the length and width of your liking. Then you will sew them together using any pattern available online. Choose a design based on your experience and the amount of material on hand. 

Sweater Socks

Another way to repurpose old clothing is by turning them into socks. This project is perfect for sweaters that are too big or have holes in them. You’ll need some scissors, a needle and thread, and yarn. Cut the sleeves off of the sweater and then cut the bottom of the sweater up to the armpits. Then, take a sock and cut the toe-off. Then, pin down your sweater material to your sock until it’s completely covered. Once that is done, you’ll want to stitch all of the pinned pieces together, starting from the bottom moving up along both sides until you reach the armpits. Once that is complete, cover the thread with yarn using a whip stitch. Then, stitch up the toe, and it is finished!  

Pillow Cases

Another DIY idea for repurposing old clothing is to sew them into new pillowcases. This project will take you less than an hour. All you need is your old clothes, fabric scissors, and thread. First, lay the t-shirt on top of the pillowcase to get an idea of how big you want it. Then cut across the shirt, making sure to leave your seam allowance. Next, turn the shirt inside out, so the seams are going right down the middle of the pillowcase. Now pin it down and use a straight stitch all the way around. Finally, do a zigzag stitch across either side of where you cut to keep them from fraying.


If you have a lot of old clothes with cute patterns, you can sew them together to make an apron. Aprons are handy to have in the kitchen. This project is straightforward and will only take you about 30 minutes. You will need some fabric scissors, a sewing machine, and thread. 

The first thing you want to do is cut the fabric to the desired size and shape of the apron. Then you want to sew the shoulder straps onto the top of the apron. Next, sew the two side panels together. Finally, sew the bottom panel to the sides.


There you have it! These are just a few of the many ways that you can repurpose old clothing. By doing this, you can save a lot of money. If you ever get stuck, there are a lot of tutorials out there that can help you along the way. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your new project today!