5 ways to up-cycle outgrown baby clothes

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Kids clothes don’t take time in becoming history – either because they get too soiled to be used again or because kids out grow them so fast. Either way, parting with these clothes can be difficult – especially if it’s your first child. First of all there are just so many clothes, and very often you end up developing a strong bond with the clothes themselves :-) The easiest option which most of us follow is to hand them down to younger kids in the family, or among help. But here’s something else you can do – using some of the special clothes that you feel connected to – create interesting keepsakes.

Here’s are some easy ideas! If you’re a crafter you can easily do these yourself, and if not, call your local tailor or even one of the many businesses that do customized kids stuff  and they’ll help you out.

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  1. Customised pillows/ cushion covers: Got a few old tees or any other clothes that they no longer fit into? Cut them into squares and sew them together to get a pretty collage cushion cover for their room. Alternatively if you plan to put together a shape or their name, cut out alphabets from the old clothes and sew them onto an existing cover and that’s as easy as that. Use the remaining pieces of the outfit as dusters or as baby napkins. Make sure to clean them well prior to use. 

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2. Flags for the room: Give the kids’ room a lovely décor by giving them a flag banner. All you need to do is pull out those old clothes and cut them into triangular flags and either get them sewn onto a rope/ long strip of fabric.

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3. Fabric mosaic for the wall: Got some empty walls to fill up, then this project’s for you. All you need is lots of old clothes in different colours and a sheet to work as your base. Cut the clothes in small uneven sizes and paste them onto the base fabric to create your own unique wall art that too for free. For a tutorial, click here.

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4. Memory quilt: Remember the movie Step Mom where Susan Sarandon sews this gorgeous memory quilt? Well you can too. All you need to do is take your baby’s old clothes to your local tailor and get him to cut them into different sized squares and sew them together like applique work. For a detailed DIY instruction on making one, click here.

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Image Courtesy: https://www.quiltkeepsake.com/baby-clothes-quilts

5. Miniature sock monkey for playtime: Bring out your crafty skills for this one and fix your little one a sock monkey. You’d need the long one’s leggings for this one. Here’s a tutorial on how to fix one and though this uses adult socks, you can easily replace it with the ones for kids to get a miniature one.

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Image Courtesy: http://craft-with-confidence.blogspot.ae/2010/10/sock-monkey-tutorial.html

If these aren’t for you, think of giving them to your workers/ house help with kids, they’d definitely need them or think of donating them – there’s plenty of need for clothes on the streets. We hope our post has helped you find a solution to the overflowing clothes cupboard. Do share with us any more ideas you have or even how you take care to manage their old outgrown clothes.  

A word from us at DoGreen.in

Preserving the environment isn’t about all or nothing. There are three simple ways in which you can contribute:

  • Reduce Waste by reusing, recycling and up-cycling things around you.
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