Published on February 18th, 2014 | by Julie Finn3
38 Clothing Refashion Tutorials to Upcycle Your Wardrobe
Tired of your boring old clothes?
Turn them into new clothes!
With two growing kids in the house, and weather that insists on changing from hot to cold to hot again every single year, we always seem to need new clothes. If you can get your mind around clothing refashion instead of consumerism, however, you can often figure out ways to make those old clothes that you no longer want into the new clothes that you need.
Tempting, right? And it’s easy! And it’s cheap!
To get started, check out my mega list below. I’ve categorized the 38 tutes by what you’ve got, and what you want. Got too many T-shirts? Look for that category! Need more baby stuff? It’s got its own category below!
T-shirt to baby stuff. There’s a bonnet and a newborn gown, all to make you squee. For the crawling set, there are shortalls. If the babies get cold, make them some pants. And when they start drooling, make them some bibs.
T-shirt to dress: This T-shirt to sundress transformation is made much the way one makes a pillowcase dress. This long-sleeved T-shirt dress, however, uses up more stash shirts, and utilizes the top half of a well-fitting T-shirt, for an easy sewing shortcut. And if you can find an oversized adult T-shirt, you can even make a dress for yourself.
Top to leggings: Those ages when your kids’ legs aren’t longer than your arms are the golden time to transform your old long-sleeved T-shirts into leggings for them. Make the leggings from a sweater for an even warmer option.
Button-down shirts to skirt: This button-down shirt circle skirt uses up a lot of shirts, so it’s a great way to upcycle an entire worn-out wardrobe at once. If you’ve got just one shirt to upcycle, just make a shorter skirt.
Top to skirt: You can make a T-shirt into an adult’s skirt. You can make a T-shirt into a child’s skirt. You can add ruffles. You can make a sweater into a warm and comfy skirt for a kid–combine that with leggings made from another sweater for the win!
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