10 Ways to Reuse Clothes

I always say that my favorite craft store is the thrift store, and my favorite supply is clothing. You won’t find such colorful material to work with at a better–or greener–price. Here are 10 ways to reuse old clothes.
thrifted-sweater-blanket1. Patchwork Sweater Blanket

Turn a collection of patterned sweaters into a cozy throw.

theredthread_NeonCoilBowls_main22. Neon Fabric Coil Bowl

Use t-shirt yarn to make your own storage.

tshirt-yarn-weaving3. T-Shirt Yarn Weaving

Or hanging wall art.

recycled-jeans-planter4. Recycled Jeans Planter

Use a pair of old jeans to make these clever planters.

workoutbag2125. T-Shirt Workout Bag

Turn a t-shirt into the perfect carry-all.

rag-rug-title6. Braided T-Shirt Rug

Or use a pile of shirts to make a rug.

make-a-camera-strap-from-a-scarf-intro7. Scarf Camera Strap

Snap photos in style with a one-of-kind camera strap.

cardigan-lampshade8. Cardigan Lampshade

Update an old lamp with a simple cardigan.

plaid-backpack9. Restyled Plaid Backpack

Turn a men’s plaid shirt into a backpack.

slasher-scarf10. Slasher Scarf

Make a fringed scarf from an old shirt.

I hope you’re inspired to reuse those old clothes and will think twice before tossing them out. For more creative reuse ideas visit me at MakerMama.com.

 

Top 10 Ways to Reuse Your Stuff this Earth Day

Hiya, this is Amy from Maker Mama. Earth Day is here, and today I’m sharing my favorite ideas for reducing waste and getting your make on. Here are my Top 10 Ways to to Reuse Your Stuff this Earth Day:

Manipulate a cardboard box into a unique wall lamp with this fun video tutorial.

Use the rest of your box for some upcycled wall clocks by Pysselbolaget.

Save old duct tape rolls to make embroidered bangles.

  Turn your brown bag stash into a set of notebooks in just five minutes.

Plastic liter bottles make for super cute kitty planters.

 Dress up large tin cans and boxes in to upcycled utensil holders for the kitchen (or your desk).

Give those holey jeans new life as a knitted throw pillow.

Ditch the plastic and make your own produce bags using colorful T-shirts instead.

Or make a crocheted T-shirt rug.

And my favorite creative reuse idea? Turn any plastic bags you do have into plarn–perfect for any knit, crochet, or weaving project you can dream up!

Thanks for having me Mary, and I hope you’re all inspired to get creative this Earth Day!

San Antonio Current Feature: DIY Fiesta Flair with Spare Parts

Photos courtesy Bryan Rindfuss of San Antonio Current.
Photos courtesy Bryan Rindfuss of the San Antonio Current.

The spare parts creative reuse team got together at 10BitWorks Hackerspace to show off their festive side in honor of Fiesta San Antonio. This is just the tip of the sausage on a stick so check out more DIY creative reuse ideas featured by Bryan Rindfuss of the San Antonio Current you can incorporate into your party attire. May your Fiesta be fun, safe & eco friendly!

Here are more fiesta craft ideas courtesy Maker Mama!

Learn more about Fiesta in San Antonio. It’s a big deal. It’s even a school holiday.