What to do with clothes you've outgrown
So I was going through my wardrobe and have found loads of short camis I've outgrown. The material's not that stretchy on most of them and I have a lot of black ones. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or favorite projects on what a beginner like me could use all this extra fabric for!!
are you good with a sewing machine?
I usally remake into a skirt, or shorts
or a new scarf, mitts or even a bag
If you like the cami's then you could cut at the seams and insert some print/pattern fabric to make them a bit bigger and the same material an the bottom. I've done it with tops I've outgrown and tops that just need a bit of a re-fashion! Might sound complicated, but is rather simple. One of the things I first started doing when I was starting out.
Bags and skirts, shorts etc. like Michelle said above is also a good idea!
Maybe a patchwork apron if you like cooking? Ooo I like this idea myself
Turn them in to a patchwork quilt! I did that with a bunch of mine and fabric things I had collected (napkins from weddings etc) and it gives the quilt a really nice feel, because all the squares have more meaning and they bring back memories.
Thank you guys for the ideas. I think I'm going to try lengthening some of them. And maybe make a bag out of one!! Haha
If some of them are just too tight now, You can make long & close together horizontal slashes in the backs or sides, and stretch out the inbetween material. This usually, after a few washes, loosens & stretches them out to a size bigger.
If your okay with showing some skin.
Yeah I agree with Cat. I had a whole lota clothing left over from my fiance and his daughters clothing so I made a quilt and it is the most favorite quilt ever.
It was easy easy easy. you can see it here http://www.make-digital.com/craft/vol09/?pg=14#pg14
here is another version you could do which is really interesting: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2007/06/how_to_make_a_foundation_piece.html
quilts are fun
Have you considered a clothes swapping party? xxx
I make wall hangings and everything else you can imagine.You can make pillows house stuff.Sandwich old t-shirts with felted sweaters to make great coasters and place mats.Pockets make great handbags.I'm about to change a pair of linen trousers that I wore the tail end through cycling into the sleeves of a jacket.The main body will be a piece of fabric that i recieved as a swap for a pin.
I'm about to plant my sons dead trainers with hummingbird friendly flowers
I like the clothes swapping party idea! haha
I save everything. all my brother's and mother's and father's old clothes as fabric. The design may look disgusting, but once you make it into a pillow, or wallet, or purse, it gives it a POW factor.
I dig the scarf idea. and bag one too. you can use them to refashion another top, use them to make ruffles, or a headband with flowers on the side.
Well, lately I've been finding a lot of my old clothes from last summer that are too small, so if ther like jean capris I make it a bag, or it its an olddress I would turn it into a skirt. I word of advice though, when you cut , cut more then the seam alllowence just incase you might need that extra fabric later. Trust me, I know from experience.
if you crochet, or knit you could cut the fabric into thin strips...... and use as you would a bulky yarn for purses, rugs, etc. also, you can use bits and pieces for appliques.. they are simple and can be quite cute!
You could turn them into maybe some household items such a cushion/pillow covers? patchwork quilts? soft toys/plushies? Bags?
You could also refashion them, try maybe you see alot of tops these days with a black top round the bust and the rest of it is a different material, so you could make a top or depending on how long the material is or whatever you could turn it into a dress with a black bit at the top.
Sorry the description isn't that clear. I've got some links showing my examples
Dress - http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/inspire-to-plus-sizes/animal-print-maxi-dress_197407409
I can't find an example of the top but you get what I mean (I hope :S)
Either that or refashion it normally. Or make a skirt? Or you could use the fabric from you old tops to refahsion any other tops you want to make more exciting.
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