We don’t know about you but the majority of our children’s old clothes are usually handed down to friends or family who are expecting or they’re taken down to the local charity shop! However, there are a few special pieces that hold lovely memories and it’s impossible to part with them but we don’t just want to stuff them in a drawer somewhere!
This collection of ideas will show you 15 different ways in which you can upcycle old kids clothes and give them a whole new purpose. Whether it be heartfelt, decorative or functional there’s something here to suit everyone!
Cherish the memory of your little ones’ when they were babies by creating a keepsake quilt from their old baby clothes. It’s a great way of preserving not only some special memories but some lovely clothes that were gifts from special friends and family members.
Just because your kids have outgrown their sweaters, it doesn’t mean that they should be destined for the trash can! Why not transform them into some beautiful beanie hats instead? It’s an easy craft that’s perfect for beginners – you don’t need to be a pro with a needle to give it a go!
Bid that lunchtime waste goodbye because this tutorial will show you how to make reusable snack bags for your family to take to work or school…and believe it or not they’re made from old baby clothes! It’s a simple envelope design that’s fastened with a single popper and can be put together in a matter of moments.
When Disney’s daughter outgrew her beautiful patterned tights, she came up with a fantastic upcycle idea that meant she didn’t have to part with them. Instead, Disney turned them into some adorable knee high socks and you can see how to do it too over at rufflesandstuff.com.
Some old clothes just need a new lease of life and with this easy project you can transform a dress that’s gotten a bit too small into one that fits perfectly! Combine an old dress with an old tank top or vest and you’ve got a brand new addition for your child’s wardrobe without having to spend a penny!
T-shirt rugs are simple to make with just a few strips of your kids’ old t-shirts. All you need to do is braid them like you would your little girls hair!
Sometimes your kiddo’s clothes will carry sentimental value for both them and you but as they get older they just can’t squeeze into them any longer! These decorative pillows will allow you to see their old clothes on a daily basis but they’ll be serving a functional purpose as opposed to being stuffed in a drawer.
We absolutely love this ‘quiet book’ idea! It’s made out of old clothes and features activity pages about fastenings, from buttons to zippers and belts that your kids can explore. You can also include poems about each of the activities giving it that extra special finishing touch!
Perhaps your child’s sweatpants are starting to become ankle swingers? Not to worry because this quick solution means you can refashion trousers into a skirt for girls or shorts for a little boy. Simple!
Christmas is a time for reflecting on the past, building on family traditions and creating memories so this upcycled ornament will make the perfect addition to your tree. Made from a special item of clothing, it’s something you can pass down to your children when they move out…it is made from their clothes after all!
Making dolls clothes is child’s play with this helpful tutorial! If you little one drags around the same toy day in day out then chances are it’s becoming a bit scraggy around the edges but you can give them a new outfit and make them look as good as new!
Hair accessories can be expensive but these homemade headbands are made from old t-shirts which will save you a fortune!
An old summer t-shirt + a pair of too short pants = a new long sleeved shirt! If you’ve got a spare hour over the weekend then this DIY is perfect, so check it out over at refabdiaries.com.
If you’ve never heard of bubs bears before then you’re in for a treat. The unique company takes all of the old baby clothes that hold special memories for you and makes them into lovable, hug-able teddy bears! They are a gorgeous keepsake that you can treasure for years to come.
Get crafty with your baby’s old clothing and create some original artwork. It will look great hanging on your wall or why not consider giving it as a gift to a grandparent that lives out of town?