Recycle Old Clothes Into Fun Home Decor

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Did you ever think that pretty home decor could come straight out of your closet? There is no need to get rid of all that unworn apparel when it can be used in another way! Instead of looking at the old clothes as something worn, look at the colors, patterns, and textures of the fabric. What could they be used for in another form? I’ll show you how to recycle old clothes in a way that is good for your home decorating and wonderful on your budget.

Ways To Recycle Old Clothes

All of these ways to recycle old clothes are broken down by the particular clothing item. However, any of these projects can be done with a variety of fabrics. For example, a project for an upcycled sweater could also be done with a flannel shirt. Think of your old clothing just as fabric choices and use them to recycle old clothes in a variety of different ways.

Upcycled Sweaters

Turn An Old Sweater Into A Pillow

Have you ever seen the nice cozy sweater pillows at places like Pottery Barn? They definitely look like something you would want to cuddle up with. However, the price tags for this luxury is pretty steep. That’s where using an old sweater of your own to make a pillow really makes sense.

recycle old clothes - upcycled sweater pillow

TUTORIAL: How To Upcycle A Sweater Into A Pillow

I wrapped this pillow in yarn to look like a gift package for the holidays.

Use Sweater Sleeves For Candle Or Cup Cozies

recycle old clothes - upcycled sweater sleeve candle cozie

TUTORIAL: How To Make A Candle Cozie With A Sweater Sleeve

Sweater sleeves work perfectly for make candle or coffee cup cozies. I made this warm and cozy candle holder for the holidays and it was super fast and easy to do.

Cover A Lampshade In A Sweater

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TUTORIAL: Unskinny Boppy

Really almost anything can be covered in a sweater to give it a warm soft look. This lampshade is anything but ordinary when covered with this fun textured sweater.

Use A Sweater For New Upholstery

diy sweater upholstered stool

TUTORIAL: Upcycle That

Use an old sweater with a fun pattern to give a makeover to a stool or chair. It’s easy to change the look with new upholstery and using a sweater gives a warm touch.

Old T-shirts

Make A Rag Rug From Old T-shirts

diy t-shirt rug

TUTORIAL: Hannah In The House

Can you believe this fun rug is made from old gray t-shirts? I love the soft look and can imagine how nice it would feel under foot.

Make A Soft Quilt Out Of T-shirts

diy t shirt quilt

TUTORIAL: Stars For Street Lights

This fun t-shirt quilt would make a great gift item. I think my husband probably has a couple hundred old t-shirts. A quilt like this is a fun way to keep those memories from souvenir and club t-shirts! If you don’t have enough t-shirts for a whole quilt, you could always just make a few throw pillows for on top of the bed.

Flannel Shirts

Make A Decorative Bowl Of Flannel Hand Warmers

flannel shirt hand warmers

TUTORIAL: Sadie Seasongoods

Like vase fillers, a bowl of flannel hand warmers is a cozy way to add some rustic decor to your home. Not only do they look nice sitting out but they also serve a purpose for those cold hands.

Make A No Sew Flannel Pillow

diy flannel pillow

TUTORIAL: House Of Hawthornes

Make a quick and easy plaid pillow with an old flannel shirt. And, if you don’t like to sew, this project uses fusible bonding tape instead.

Upcycle A Flannel Shirt Into A Decorative Wreath

diy flannel shirt wreath

TUTORIAL: The Homespun Hydrangea

Make an easy wreath from an old flannel shirt. The colors of your flannel will help to determine what season to hang it. Fall and Christmas are fun times to use flannel in your home decor.

Old Jeans

Make A Hexagon Denim Pillow

diy jean pillow

TUTORIAL: Lil Luna

If you have a stack of old unwearable jeans in a variety of shades, this pillow project is a perfect way to use them.

Weave A Basket With Strips Of Denim

recycle old clothes - denim basket

TUTORIAL: Uhoh Blog

Use strips of denim, from old jeans, to weave a decorative basket.

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