Upcycling Clothes for Springtime
Our Media Volunteer Lia gives some tips on upcycling any unwanted clothes this spring.
Do you want to make sure that this spring you have the trendiest yet affordable and refurbished clothing? Well, follow these 3 upcycling clothes for springtime DIYs and tips!
Step one- make sure your surface is well protected in case bleach spills and make sure you wear gloves throughout this whole process. I would also recommend wearing clothes that you don’t mind staining. The room MUST be well ventilated.
Step two- fill a bucket or bathtub with one part water and one part bleach. Try your best to avoid highly concentrated bleach as this may burn holes in your jeans or shorts.
Step 3- dampen your jeans/shorts with just normal cold water. This is so the bleach can dye the jeans or shorts better.
Step 4- dab the jeans/shorts using a sponge with the bleach solution if you want a not so detailed pattern or use a paintbrush and paint with the bleach solution for a more detailed pattern. If you want to ENTIRELY bleach your jeans/shorts soak them completely into the bleach solution.
Step 5- after five minutes of applying the bleach rinse your jeans/shorts in cold water. The bleach might not look as coloured at this point but it will get opaquer as time passes.
Step 6- place your jeans/shorts into your washing machine making sure not to get any excess bleach on the floor and wash the jeans/shorts WITHOUT any fabric softener or detergent. Also, make sure the jeans/shorts are in the washing machine alone.
Step 7- Now let the jeans/shorts air dry. Do not put in a dryer as this can cause yellowing. After jeans/shorts have airdried you can wear your new and improved jeans/shorts!
For pattern ideas, you can check out Pinterest or google by typing into the search bar- “jean bleaching patterns.”
Cute spring headband
Want to make an easy cute and upcycled spring headband in under 5 minutes? Well, this is how you do that.
1) take an old t-shirt
2) cut the t-shirt into 1- ½ -inch wide strips of your desired length (make sure the strips can wrap around your head and have a lot more extra fabric). I would recommend doing 2-3 strips.
3) grab each end of a strip and stretch the fabric, do this with every strip.
4) tie all the strips together at the bottom and braid each strip until you get to the top of the strips.
5) tie the top then tie the top and bottom together.
6) enjoy your cute and trendy headband!
Upcycled tote bag using a t-shirt
How to make a chic, up-to-date tote bag only using an old t-shirt-
Step one- cut the sleeves of your t-shirt off.
Step two- cut the neckline of the t-shirt off.
Step three- turn your t-shirt inside out and draw a line on where you want the end of your tote bag to be.
Step four- take a pair of scissors and cut from the bottom of the shirt up to the lines in small sections (2 inch) making a fringe. Cut back and front of the shirt
Step five- take two pieces of the cut fabric and tie a knot (do this for every section. This makes it so the bag is useful, and you can put things in it.
Step six- this may sound confusing, but I promise it’s not. Take two knotted sections and grab the middle pieces and tie them in a knot.
Now you have a delightful and useful tote bag!
I hope you enjoy these amazing trendy upcycled clothing DIYs and let us know on social media what clothes you plan on upcycling this spring.
If you can’t find a way of upcycling some of your clothes then our Repair and Resue guide shows where you can donate your clothes.|