Clothing Crafts: Make New Duds from Old Things

6 creative ways to make your kids' clothes last one more season.

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Old Clothes, New Fashions

Alexandra Grablewski

Old Clothes, New Fashions

Hate having to toss out well loved and slightly worn clothes? Get instructions on how to make these cute outfits from old things here.

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Tank Top to Bag

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Tank Top to Bag

Transform an old tank top into a cute bucket bag.

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Tank Top to Bag

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Tank Top to Bag

Cut a slit in the hem of a tank top, thread a ribbon through, and cinch into a knot. Hide ribbon inside bag.

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Plain T to Graphic T

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Plain T to Graphic T

Save a stained T-shirt with help from a bleach pen.

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Plain T to Graphic T

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Plain T to Graphic T

Apply a generous amount of bleach to stain. Beware -- results are unpredictable, as bleach tends to bleed.

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Pants to Shorts

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Pants to Shorts

Make fringed shorts out of floods.

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Pants to Shorts

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Pants to Shorts

Mark cut-off point with chalk while child is wearing jeans. Sew on a trim with fringe to hide frayed edge.

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Sock to Wristband

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Sock to Wristband

Cut the foot off a lone sock to make a cool wristband.

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Sock to Wristband

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Sock to Wristband

Cut where ribbing begins. Push decorative brads through only the top layer of the sock and secure.

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Tights to Leggings

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Tights to Leggings

Turn old tights into leggings with funky elastic trim.

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Tights to Leggings

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Tights to Leggings

Cut cotton knit tights just above the ankle. Be sure to sew elastic trim on with elastic thread.

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Torn Jeans to Patched Jeans

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Torn Jeans to Patched Jeans

Rescue a pair of torn jeans with a simple homemade patch.

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Torn Jeans to Patched Jeans

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Torn Jeans to Patched Jeans

Bond iron-on adhesive to fun fabric and cut into a cute shape. Use a warm iron to attach to pants.


Originally published in the October 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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