7 Creative Ways Of Reusing Clothes That No Longer Fit

7 Creative Ways Of Reusing Clothes That No Longer Fit

“I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”

Paul Newman

Whether you’ve received some ill-fitting clothes for Christmas or Hanukkah with no gift receipt, or you’re just excited to kick off the new year with a purge of old clothes, it’s likely you have some clothes on your hands that don’t fit you very well.

Don’t resign yourself to an overcrowded closet or wearing unflattering clothes, though. Whether you’re an expert seamstress or a dud at DIY, or even if you just want to make some extra cash, here are seven easy and creative ways to reuse these clothes.


1. Reuse old t-shirts to make pillows


    Our favorite thing about old t-shirts is how soft they are — why not put that to good use by making them into pillows? Just cut off the sleeves, fill them with pillow stuffing, and sew up the bottom. If you aren’t handy with a needle and thread, you can even duct tape the opening for a quick fix. Pillow stuffing is cheap to buy online or at most craft stores, or if you’re trying to get rid of even more t-shirts, you can stuff your t-shirt pillow with more rolled-up t-shirts.Bonus: if pillows aren’t really your thing, consider making a quilt!

    Quilts are great for using up old clothes or other fabric. And if all the different squares don’t match, it doesn’t matter! Quilts look better the more diverse they are.

    2. Treat your pet to an adorable outfit



      Those old jeans may not look cute on you anymore… but there’s no way they wouldn’t be cute on your puppy. If you’re not an ambitious enough at sewing to make dog pants, try something easier: pop a small t-shirt onto a mid- to large-sized dog, or cut up fabric to use for a dog bandana.

      3. Turn sleeveless shirts into bags

      A tank top becomes a tote bag

        Sew the bottom of a tank top together and you have a perfect shopping bag with a little extra personality. Bonus points: save the environment even more by saying no to shopping bags. If you live in a state where they charge for shopping bags, count this a money saver as well!

        4. Turn tattered clothes into headbands



          Headbands, bandanas, or other hair pieces are a snap to make. Just cut a long strip of fabric or a square out of your favorite shirt or skirt, and you’re ready to go. Whether for going out, running, or just cleaning the house, an extra bandana or headband to keep your hair out of your face can always come in handy.

          5. Take tight or short clothes and turn them into a sexy Halloween costume


            Is that flannel shirt a little tight? Pair it with some short jorts for a sexy cowgirl look — just because it’s not work appropriate doesn’t mean it’s not perfect for Halloween. Other good costume ideas for too-small clothing include: sexy boy scout or girl scout, sexy teacher, or sexy librarian.

            6. Sell them for some extra cash

            You’d be surprised — selling your clothes at second-hand clothing stores can add up to a pretty decent pay day. While you’ll often only get a few dollars for each piece, you never know which old items might suddenly be in demand again, or even be considered vintage.


            7. Donate them to the needy

            Because nothing feels better around the holidays than sharing with those less fortunate, why not give away old clothes to the needy? Goodwill or the Salvation Army have drop off locations all over the country, and it’s a great feeling to know that the clothes that no longer fit you may look just perfect on somebody else.

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            30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

            30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

            Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

            That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

             1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.


              Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

              2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.


                If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

                3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.


                  It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

                  4. Corn chips for kindling!


                    Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!


                    5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.


                      Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                      6. Use compact, microfibre towels!


                        These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                        7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.


                          You never know when you might need some.

                          8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.


                            Get all the info you need here.

                            9. Sangria!


                              We know what’s really important. How to here!

                              10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.


                                By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!


                                11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.


                                  Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                                  12. DIY shower.


                                    All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                    13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.


                                      Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                      14. Make s’moreos easily.


                                        15. MarshJell-o shots.


                                          Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                          16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 

                                            Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                            17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.


                                              It’s that easy!


                                              18. Grits repel ants.


                                                Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                                19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.


                                                  20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.


                                                    That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                    21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.


                                                      For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                      22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.


                                                        You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                        23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.


                                                          Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                          24. Use a stick to secure your tent.


                                                            By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.


                                                            25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.


                                                              26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                                Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                                27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                                  That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                                  28. Keep your toiletries handy.


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                                                                    29. Compact, unbreakable cups!


                                                                      Get them while you can!

                                                                      30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.


                                                                        With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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