As we reach the end of 2020 it’s a good time to reflect back on the year and get ready to start fresh. One thing a lot of people look to do is go through their wardrobe and think about what clothing we have worn this year and what we should really be getting rid of, as well as trying on some of our staple pieces and seeing what still fits. This year, instead of simply throwing out old clothing, it could be a good idea to instead think about what can be repurposed. With all of us being at home for a large majority of 2020, there are a lot of pieces that haven’t been worn as much as they could have. These items may still have a lot of life in them, so save yourself some money and help the environment by looking at how they can be reused.

How to Upcycle your Old Clothes


For any of your items that no longer fit you, alterations should definitely be considered. If this is something you can still see yourself wearing but just don’t feel like it has the same fit that it used to, alterations are an easy and affordable way for you to keep this item in your wardrobe rather than having to go out and find something to replace it. Whether it is a dress that is now too big, a blazer that feels slightly tight around the chest, or trousers that no longer sit right on your waist, alterations can help. 

Turn it into a different item of clothing

One thing to remember about all clothing is that at the end of the day it is a piece of material. If your old favourite pair of spotty trousers don’t quite suit your style any more, but you still love the pattern, why not turn it into something else? As long as there is enough material a seamstress will be able to whip it up into something completely new, and instead of just throwing away old clothing you have something brand new without the big price tag. 

Create something new

Similarly to the above point, just because you don’t want to keep it as what it is doesn’t mean you need to get rid of it. Clothing can be taken apart and turned into a piece of material that you can use to make something else. Some popular items people upcycle their clothing into are: tote bags, headbands, table cloths, handkerchiefs, face masks, and much more. These are just a few of the items people turn their clothing into, and the ideas out there are almost endless. 

These are just a few of the endless ideas you can find out there on how to repurpose and upcycle old clothing. Take these tips as some inspiration to go through your wardrobe and look at each item of clothing more than just something you never wear, and instead look at it as all the things it can become. 


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