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20 fun ways to upcycle fabrics

The clothing industry is huge and has a big impact on our environment. Initially from fabric production but the biggest issue is that most textiles are eventually thrown away and end up in landfills, some after being used only a few times. There are several ways we can recycle fabrics. We can donate our clothes to people in need or we can upcycle fabrics to create items that we need or can use in so many ways. Here are some of my favourite fabric upcycle projects:

1. Fabric Jewelry. Braided necklaces, bracelets or earrings


2. Rag rugs

3. T-shirt tote bags



4. Patchwork pillow cases or blankets


5. Book/ journal covers


6. Soft toys such as snakes, owls , cats (here is the link to the owl tutorial) https://www.fabartdiy.com/how-to-diy-cute-fabric-owl-from-template/


7. Challah covers (using fabric pens or paint you can create beautiful Challah covers)



8. Scrunchies, hairbands, hair bows, fabric rose hair clips


9. Macrame plant hangers diy tutorial: https://fferal.com/blogs/blog/easy-upcycled-t-shirt-macrame-plant-hanger


10. Hot pads


11. Beeswax wraps and sandwich bags https://www.foodtolove.co.nz/recipes/how-to-make-beeswax-food-wraps-33720



12. Garlands


13. Fabric wrapped Jars


14. Keychains




15. Aprons https://sawdustgirl.com/no-sew-t-shirt-apron/


16. Wall art, cover a canvas with awsome t-shirt prints


17. Napkin holders


18. Face Masks


19. Infinity scarfs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxR7FWLgp7Y


20. Pencil case/ pouch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjsKbQSDWcg

If none of the above upcycle projects work for you, you can always just cut up your old worn out t-shirts and use them as kitchen rags. It's better then buying paper towels and other rags.