Clothing Crafts: Make New Duds from Old Things

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

Shopping for school supplies can be hard on your wallet. Here's how you can save on back to school clothes.

Alexandra Grablewski
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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Alexandra Grablewski

Tank Top to Bag

Transform an old tank top into a cute bucket bag.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

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.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Plain T to Graphic T

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

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Alexandra Grablewski

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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Alexandra Grablewski

Pants to Shorts

Make fringed shorts out of floods.

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Alexandra Grablewski

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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Alexandra Grablewski

Sock to Wristband

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

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Alexandra Grablewski

Sock to Wristband

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

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Alexandra Grablewski

Tights to Leggings

Turn old tights into leggings with funky elastic trim.

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Alexandra Grablewski

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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Alexandra Grablewski

Torn Jeans to Patched Jeans

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

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

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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