Today you are in for a treat my lovely readers. The gorgeous Hayley from A Stitch To Scratch is here today to share the most amazing tips with us!
Hayley often inspires me to think outside the box when it comes to material and clothes and I know she will inspire you all today… so without further adue… I leave you with Hayley
Hello there Chaotic readers!
This is Hayley Margaret, and it’s a great honour to be guest posting over here on Itzi’s fabulous blog. Today I’m going to be sharing with you my favourite ways (personally and gathered from all corners of the internet) of getting that little bit more out of clothing nearing its end-of-life!
It happens to us all, we open our wardrobes, pick out something to wear and think, oh dear, that’s not going to last much longer. Or that won’t fit soon! Or even still have those items hanging around that have gotten a bit holey or too big / small but we can’t throw them away. We could still use them somehow, right?
Right! I’m a big fan repurposing clothes. If something isn’t working in my wardrobe, how can I change it to make it work. Sometimes I go out shopping in charity shops to find very cheap clothes ripe for repurposing! (just for fun!)
I figure when you are dealing with old clothes you have three main options: 1. Change it a little. 2. Change it a lot. 3. Complete function overhaul.
1. CHANGE A LITTLE
Nothing lasts forever, but if we tweak our clothes just a bit, we might be able to make them last a little longer. To eke the last bit of life out with a few small changes you could:
Cut an old Tshirt into a workout / lazyday tank.
This is one of my favourite things to do! When tshirts get a bit worn out (or if it’s a bit boring) I lop off the arms and the neck, tie the back straps together and voila, a chilled out tank top for working (or lazing!) out! If you’re interested, after you’ve read this awesome post, head on over to my blog where I’ll be sharing a picture blowbyblow of my own method!
Turn too short trousers into shorts with a cute cuff
This is a great one for kids, because they grow so fast! I don’t have any (yet), but I know I’ll be remembering this trick! There’s no reason why it also wouldn’t look awesome on an adult too! Jeans are expensive, let’s make the absolute most of them. I love this tutorial that explains exactly how to do this very easily!
Next time I have a pair of jeans on the outs, I’m going to try this!
Add a strip of lace to the bottom of too small shirts
I love this lifehack. I have this amazing female superhero shirt that I haven’t worn in over a year because it’s just too short. I don’t like the way it sits but I love the shirt, what to do?
Easy peasy. Grab yourself a strip of long lace (from any good haberdashery if you’re not weird enough like me to have lace just lying around) position it along inside of the hem stitching around the bottom of your shirt and stitch along the hem again in the same place as the original hem. The stitches will blend in with the original ones and you’ve added a bit of adorable to your shirt.
I did this with my favourite Femme Power tshirt and now it’s one of my top wardrobe items again, plus now it’s even cuter!
2. CHANGE A LOT
If you fancy getting a bit more adventurous, you could try to change your item into another type of clothing. With a bit of jigging around and a needle and thread, your old clothes can have a new lease of life as a totally different garment!
Turn a shirt to a pencil skirt
I found this tutorial online recently about re-purposing a men’s shirt into an awesome pencil skirt. Now I’m just waiting for one of my Boy’s shirts to reach its sell-by (and also scouring charity shops for bargains to transform!) so that I can try this out.
Make a cardigan out of a jumper or shirt
This has to be one of the easier changes in clothes I’ve seen. Your jumper’s getting a bit on the small side you say? I say cut down the centre of it. You can buy wundaweb or other iron-on hemming tapes from numerous shops. Just fold over the cut sides of your jumper to the back, place some hemming web between the layers and iron over according to manufacturer’s instructions. You can stop right there and have a cute little thing to wear open over a shirt on a colder day, or you can sew yourself on some buttons down one side to complete the cardigan effect.For a breakdown of the steps to do this you can visit this great page here.
If you, like me, have bits of fabric maybe lying around, here’s a great use for them and an old pair of non-fitting jeans.
This blog shares a great idea to open up the inside-seam of a pair of jeans and slip in a contrasting section of fabric, creating a lovely embellished denim skirt. The one featured in this instance is for a child – again a great idea for reusing your kids’ clothes when they inevitably outgrow them – but there’s no reason you can’t do this with an old pair of your jeans too!
3. COMPLETE FUNCTION OVERHAUL
I love this type of re-purposing possibly the best, because you get to exercise complete creativity. I guess it’s just one step down from cutting up my garment and harvesting it for fabric for my stash, but I prefer to have an idea of what it will be before I start hacking up an item of clothing!
Sleeves of a jumper into fingerless mitten gloves
The next thing I’m going to do with an old jumper is turn the sleeves into fingerless mittens for this abominable winter, a la this tutorial from The Renegade Seamstress
Jeans pockets into unique bunting
This is something I’ve recently done with a bunch of jeans backpockets I’ve been collecting (it does sound strange when you say it like that). I love recycling denim for projects so anytime we get an old pair of jeans need chucking, I harvest them for all possible reusable parts! The big chunks of denim go in my stash to be used for lovely little bits like the ears on my stuffed elephant mascot and the pockets go in a little drawer waiting until I had enough to do something awesome like this with them!I’ve sewn a little tunnel into the top of each of them to thread with string and hang like bunting. I think they’re a great little decoration (and pretty handy for storing things in!)
This last one is so easy that I’m itching to try it. This ehow tutorial shows you how to cut up your shirts and tie them into a celtic knot to make a cool headband. I am all about the headwear. I just need a nicecoloured top to try it with. If you don’t want to / can’t glue the ends together like the tutorial features, you can also sew them!
I hope I’ve managed to inspire you to think a little about throwing out or donating your old clothing the minute it becomes unwearable in it’s current format. Not only is changing it up a bit thrifty and sensible, but also really fun!
Thank you, Itzi, for letting me share some of my love for clothes alterations and re-purposing with you and your readers!
Thank you so much, Hayley, for the inspiration and the ideas! Love them!