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How to Recycle Clothes into New Fashion

Save money on your wardrobe when you recycle your clothes.


When an article of clothing is worn or out of style, use it over again to create a hip and fun new style. You'll never run out of new looks when you recycle your clothes. Check out these free projects to renew your wardrobe with recycled DIY fashion.

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Make a Belt Out of Neck Ties

Recycle Clothes into New Fashion
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A belt made of neck ties is an easy way to add a funky flair to any outfit. They have been customized and worn by stars such as Liv Tyler. Ties come in so many different patterns and colors, so it’s easy to get creative with this one.

Turn a Pair of Jeans into a Booty Bag

Booty Bag
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Known as the ‘booty bag’, it already comes with lots of pockets to hold just about everything. This is a great way to recycle old pants or shorts into something new and chic.

Make a Sock Wristband

Sock Wristband
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Socks get holes in them all the time. They also have a great ability to lose their match. Making a wristband puts these lone and torn socks to good use.

Turn a T-Shirt into a Tank Top

T-Shirt Tank Top
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Learn how to make a t-shirt into a tank top. We all seem to run into the same problem; T-shirts that have our favorite band, Captain Jack Sparrow, or ‘I’m With Stupid’ printed on them, but are just too big to wear. Who decided all cool t-shirts should only be worn by guys? Before you surrender your favorite tees to your boyfriend or brother, try this no-sew trick on for size.

Sew a Placemat Purse

Placemat Purse
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There are so many cute cloth placemats at the thrift store that don't quite complete a full set. Put these to good use. Making a purse out of a placemat takes just a few minutes.

Turn a T-Shirt into a Halter Top

T-Shirt Halter Top
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How do you make a halter top? Just take your t-shirt to a daring new level. This halter top gives your shirt a more feminine shape, and only takes a few minutes to complete.

Make a Purse Out of T-Shirts

Purse Made from T-Shirts
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You are just two t-shirts away from this stretchy bag. Logo t-shirts can be used, or go with two contrasting colors for a sharp look. This is a great project for DIY fashion beginners.

Make a T-Shirt Sleeve into a Headband

T-Shirt Sleeve Headband
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Turn a t-shirt sleeve into a headband, and turn up your good recycling karma. Create this soft and cute headband with these easy steps.

Make a Pair of Arm Warmers from a Sleeve

Sleeve Arm Warmers
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Fingerless gloves and arm warmers can turn any outfit into a daring statement. Create a pair of fingerless gloves from a pair of long sleeves.

Junk Drawer Jewelry

Toothbrush Bracelets
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Use what you already have to make jewelry that always carries a funky look. Once you start making these easy bracelets and earrings, it's hard to stop. Try the following beginner projects to get you started on your own junk drawer jewelry. 1. Toothbrush Bracelet

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