21 Genius Ways to Repurpose Old Clothing

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21 Genius Ways to Repurpose Old Clothing | Textile waste is an ever growing problem. Just in the United States, so much is thrown away that it averages to about 81 pounds of textile waste per person each year.

I don’t even think I own 81 pounds of clothing so to try to wrap my head around that is crazy. But to avoid all of that waste going to landfill we should just donate it or recycle it, right? We could, yes, but what about giving that clothing a new life and looking for fun ways to repurpose old clothing?

I’m always trying to think of fun unique gifts for birthdays and the holidays so to start making some repurposed clothing projects would be a great way to always have a zero waste gift at the ready.

I also find myself going to pick up fabric quite often for projects so this is a great way to utilize old clothing as a resource.

21 Genius Ways to Repurpose Old Clothing

  1. Reusable Grocery Bags

    Trash To Couture

  2. Cloth Produce Bags

  3. Headband


  4. Pot Holders

  5. Jar Koozie

  6. Child Alphabet Letters

  7. Makeup Removing Rounds

  8. Rug

    The Wonder Forest

  9. Pillow

  10. Apron

  11. Reusable Mop Head

  12. Pet Bed

  13. Pet Toys


  14. Pet Clothes

  15. Doll Clothes

  16. Baby Bibs

  17. Burp Cloths

  18. Reusable Tissues

    Zero Waste Nerd

  19. Quilt

  20. Fabric Bowl Covers

  21. And of course, use them as rags around the house to avoid paper towels.

What genius ideas do you have to repurpose old clothing?

3 thoughts on “21 Genius Ways to Repurpose Old Clothing

  1. Every gift is wrapped by what fabric I have on hand. With corresponding pieces to match, I’ll turn it into a reversible shopping bag, another gift bag or even a purse. The best part about these pieces is the dimensions are sizable to accommodate up to three bags of groceries. If I don’t want to go through all that, I’ll finishes the edges of a large square of lite fabric. This way I’ll fold it in to some lovely and the lightness allows the capability to create a flower or some cool knot.

  2. I cut out the back pockets from some old holey denim jeans and used them to make drink coasters! They make me smile.

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