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How to recycle clothes for a new look

Updated on July 4, 2013

One of the materials that can be reused for crafts is the clothes you no longer use and provided they are not too old .See some tutorials and tips below on how to make bags with jeans, scarves, dresses, shirts dresses and so on. Give your clothes a second life.


Plastic bottles, cans, pvc pipes, hangers, are common elements in our homes and once we finish using them they usually end up in the trash. Why not use them as practical and decorative ornaments. The are many ideas for using these elements and a really good one is to simply makes bracelets out of them by cutting strips from the bottles and wrapping them round with strips of material from your used clothes.

Recycling Denim

Denim is blue so it blends well with most colors and materials. it is also lightweight, flexible and very resistant, We can use it to make covers for mobile phones, hats, blankets, travel bags,shoes and various other items.

Denim recycling has become a fashion to success for a lot of business around the world, especially among young people. Here are some nice ideas.

Most recycling is normally to make another piece of clothing. Why not turn your used jeans into bags. When your boyfriend or husband throws out that unwanted shirt, why not turn it into a pretty skirt , after adding some decorative embroidery it can be completely transformed.

A pen case can even be made with nice embroidery.

Cushions can be made with jeans.Turn them upside down, cut the legs and sew using a sewing machine. Velcro can be put in side the waist. Putting hanging straps could turn it into a bag.

Finally a footrest can be upholstered using old used jeans - rather original.

Items for pets

Pets are an important part of many peoples lives, so we should treat them as special. As owners we need to care for them and occasionally give them gifts. A bed is an excellent idea to avoid having your pet sleep on the hard floor.

Beds and pillows for small pets are very easy to make and can be done in many ways. The most common forms involve recycling a mattresses or old clothes, especially sweatshirts and jackets .

A good example is this beautiful basket made from a jersey purple.To begin, join the sleeves to the sweater by sewing and then fill it with padding or flannel to make it fluffy.

You also make a nice carpet where your pet can comfortably rest on. It can be made ​​with clothes from past seasons by pulling, weaving and re-joining. To do this you cut a single elongated strip about an inch wide and join together in a loop.

Other ideas for old clothes

Give them away

The easiest way to recycle those clothes you no longer want is to give them away, either to friends, colleagues or neighbors. The point is that they will make better use of it and also appreciate the nice gesture. Certain clothes may also become fashionable again in a few years time.

Done them

There are people in the world who will not care about the clothes design or label, they simply need to wear it. People in third world countries would love that shirt you no longer wear due to it being out of fashion.

Keep them

There are time when you will have to paint your house or do some cleaning. You don't want to do it with your everyday clothes. Then will be the best time to get those rags you no longer use and take advantage of them.


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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to recycle clothes for a new look very impressive and great suggestions

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Very handy tips! Voted up and useful! :)