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Tips For Using Worn Clothes - Tue, 8/18/2015 10:48 AM

Here are 8 tips for using worn out clothes to save money and waste less! Just because that garment isn’t wearable anymore doesn’t mean it can’t be reused!

8 Tips For Using Worn Out Clothes
This is part 4 of our series on How to save on paper towels.

Read Part 1 – How to save on paper towels

Read Part 2 – Where do I get rags?

Read Part 3 – How to cut up rags


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Here are some tips to make use of worn out clothing items before they’re ready to be used as cleaning rags:
  • When a shirt is no longer wearable: I take a woman’s or child’s large T shirt and cut off the sleeves (saving those for rags of course). Then I cut up the sides of the shirt. It makes a perfect giant bib for a toddler that covers everything and is so easy to slide on and off of his head. It even catches all the fun stuff that toddlers manage to get on their laps and chair seats. I would wash these and use them again and again.
  • When I was young I loved rag socks. I would cut the tops off of them to use for tops or dresses for my Barbie doll. I would cut a slit in each side for the arms and sometimes I would turn the top edge down for a collar or add buttons, lace etc.
  • Cut off the top of men’s underwear to use as large rubber band. I know this is weird, but there are times when I need things bundled together and need a large rubber band, so I use this. When I say I let nothing go to waste, I mean it. I might be a little discreet as to where I would use this because I am sure your husband doesn’t want the company to see his underwear size 48 waist band holding that bundle of newspapers laying by the fireplace. : )
  • If you know how to crochet or sew, you can use many types of clothing to make quilts or rag rugs.You can use sections of worn clothing to make bibs, totes or small bags of all sorts. Even thin strips of fabric make great yarn for knitting, crocheting or weaving.
  • Even the smallest piece of fabric can be used to make buttons. Go to a fabric store and buy one of the kits to make your own buttons. Then you can the find a pretty flowers or pieces of embroidery on worn clothing and make them into buttons.
  •  You don’t always need a kit. I bought a bulletin board for my granddaughter at a thrift store. It was perfect but the buttons on it were the wrong color and I didn’t have the right color of buttons to replace them.  I took fabric, cut a circle twice the size as the button, ran a basting tread around the edge, laid button in the center of the fabric, pulled up the basting thread ( like you would a yo – yo)and the button was covered. I hot glued them back on the board.
  • Use old clothing for patches. I would always sew a “jean” patch which stretched from seam to seam on the inside of the knee of my children’s new jeans. You couldn’t see it was there, but it helped reinforce the knee so the kids wouldn’t get holes there as easily.
  • Old sweaters are so much fun. They can be made into pillows. Cut off the bottom part of the sleeve to make fingerless mittens. Felt them or use a sturdy fusible lining and make into a purse. Up date by adding buttons, applique or embroidery.


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