Got old clothes that you no longer wear? Instead of throwing them out, why not see if you can reuse them yourself? Old clothes can be repurposed as fun accessories, outfits or home furnishings if you know how – just follow this quick summary of how to upcycle old clothes.
The basics of upcycled clothing
Before beginning to upcycle, you’ll want to wash your clothing, as fabric can be harder to care for once it’s been incorporated into a project. You may even want to snip the care label off and keep it somewhere safe before you get started, so that you always have it to refer back to. It’s also a good idea to pay close attention to marks: you may want to use a pre-treatment like Omo Ultimate Liquid on tough stains. Just make sure to carefully read the washing instructions and test a new product on the small area before usage.
Once your fabric is washed, make sure you have a sharp pair of scissors: lots of upcycling projects involve cutting through fabric. Sharp scissors will effortlessly make your work look neater but do take care and keep sharp object out of reach of children!
It’s important to plan out your upcycled clothing project and to assemble the appropriate tools, but don’t worry too much if things go wrong. It happens to all of us, and the end result may surprise you in the best possible way.