Throwing away old household items without using them to the end of their life cycle is wasteful. Most clothes and accessories you purchase do not end their lifecycle before you lose interest in them. So reusing old accessories and clothes to create new household items is an excellent proposition. Making DIY (do it yourself) items from old stuff is also a great business idea, and if you can source wholesale used clothing and shoes, you can start your own business.
Making DIY Items Using Old Clothes And Shoes
Making new and useful items out of old stuff unleashes your creativity. It also rids you of your house of old items that are unusable in their present form. So if you have old clothes or shoes, clean them up and try making some of the useful items discussed below.
A Stuffed Toy For Your Fur Baby
Denim skirts and trousers last long, yet once the color begins to fade, they are not used much. However, a faded denim skirt or trousers can be put to good use if you are to make a piece of toy for your pet. If you have a small dog, you can cut the jeans in the shape of a bone and stuff them with cotton. The bone-shaped stuffed toy will be a lovely gift that your pet will have a great time playing with. If you have a cat, you can make a fish-shaped toy that your little kitten will love.
A Cozy For Your Coffee Mug
A woolen cozy will keep your hot coffee warm for a long time, even during the cold winter. If you have old woolen clothes you wish to throw away, making a cozy out of them may be a good idea. Woolen clothes have air trapped in the spaces within the woolen garment.
Since woolen clothes are poor conductors of heat, they prevent heat loss from a hot cup of coffee in the cold winters.
A Tote Bag For Your Best Friend
A tote bag is a great gift, but if you make one all by yourself, your friend will love the tote bag all the more. If you have a loose pair of trousers, just cut one half of it and sew the lower end very carefully. Now, to close the tote bag, you have to insert a piece of elastic or a thin tensile rope in the waist region so the tote bag can be closed.
A Colorful Set Of Napkins
If you have cotton dresses that are clean and comfortable, then making napkins out of them is a great idea. All you have to do is cut a square equal to a full-sized napkin and sew all four sides so that loose threads do not come out of the corners. Also, if the napkin is dull, you can get some embroidery done on it so that the napkin looks pretty and attractive.
A Beautiful Duvet Cover
Old T-shirts that are beautifully painted can make excellent duvet covers. Sewing a duvet is tougher than making a tote bag or a soft toy. If you do not have a sewing machine, stitching together a duvet cover will be tedious, but the efforts are worth it. Also, to make a duvet cover, you will need a fusible iron-on interfacing fabric to stop the T-shirt from stretching.
A T-Shirt Made Headband
Hair accessories like headbands and bandanas are easy to make, and stretchable T-shirts are the right material to make them.
All you have to do is take a bright-colored stretchable T-shirt and sew the two ends so the final band fits comfortably on your head.
A Wine Bottle Holder
Several useful and fancy objects can be made from old clothes, but old shoes are no less versatile. Old heels are perfect when used as wine holders. A fancy red stiletto with its shine intact will be a fine addition to the bar. High heels are too expensive and rarely worn, so if you wish to utilize them fully, finding alternate usage for old heels is the best way forward.
A MakeUp Brush Holder
Old Hells that have straps also make good makeup brush holders. Moreover, a bright red or cherry pink colored stiletto-shaped brush holder will be a great addition to your dressing table.
Old shoes and clothes can be transformed into useful household objects like soft toys, duvets, tote bags, etc. However, before you start working on old clothes or shoes, you must know about their material and how much they can be transformed. Some materials are elastic and can be made into stretchable objects; however, materials like cotton will never be good as stretchable objects. So depending upon the fabric, the shape and color of the garment or shoe decide which is the best way to transform it.