6 ways to revamp or recycle your old clothes

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  • Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018

Don't just throw your old clothes out, recycle them! Photo: The Star/AzlinaAbdullah

It is tempting to buy more clothes every time we go shopping, especially during festive seasons when discounts are aplenty. While you intend to start out only window-shopping, you may end up with bags full of clothes you decided to purchase impulsively.

Instead of buying new clothes every time you think you need them, try revamping your old clothes by turning them into “new” items. If the clothes are too old or don’t fit you anymore, you can also look for another way to use them.

Check out these six ways to revamp or recycle your old clothes:

Restyle them

If you no longer wear some of your clothes because the fashion is backdated or too plain, try sprucing up its look. Sew pockets onto T-shirts, or add zippers, buttons and other embellishments to add a little bling to an otherwise boring piece of fabric.

Make new clothes

If you don’t wish to wear the same T-shirt again, even with new patterns and designs, breathe new life into it by turning it into something totally new. Make a crop top by cutting off the bottom half of the shirt or turn it into a tank top by chopping off the sleeves.

Repurpose them

Have a number of old sweaters that you outgrew? You can transform them into a scarf or a beanie, or even a pair of thick oven gloves to put on while you’re baking. You can also turn your old clothes into cloth bags.

Dye your clothes

Want to add more colour into your life? Opt to dip-dye your clothes in different bright colours and create interesting patterns or an ombre effect.

Make fabric accessories

Turn your clothes into something else such as hair accessories. Cut out the pretty patterns from a floral shirt and sew them into a headband. Or, make a necklace, bracelet or anything else you can think of.

Make soft toys

Rather than splurging on expensive new toys for your children, make sock puppets for them to play with. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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