Crafts and creativity can be a daunting prospect to any potential upcycler that would like to have a go but wouldn't know where to start.
The following fun and useful ideas, which have been suggested by freelance writer Cass Brooks via email, might just inspire when it comes to making new things with old clothing.
Turn your old sweaters into a cowl scarf
During transitional season months, there is nothing better than to throw on a scarf to block out the chill in the air. If you happen to have an old jersey sweater lying around (probably not your favourite Henley's sweater though), you can turn it into a comfy scarf.
Start by cutting the top half away from your sweater, all you will need for the scarf is the bottom section, the top half you can cut into cleaning rags. A jersey sweater is better for this project because the the material should not fray, therefore you won't need to hem your raw edge.
Once you have done this all you need to do is slip it over your head, and ruffle it up into the shape of a scarf. That is it, couldn’t be simpler. The following examples here also use lace and knots to add some interest:
:: Cowl scarves via here ::
DIY Painted Sneakers
Jealous of your friend’s unique one-of-a-kind sneakers? Don’t despair, you can have the coolest pair of sneakers too, all you have to do is get some fabric pens and get creative. If you don't own a pair of plain shoes in your wardrobe, you could pick up a secondhand pair in a thrift shop or online.
Using stencils to create your pattern is the easiest option, whether it be a simple project such as painting different coloured stripes, or stenciling something more extravagant such as a New York skyline, it depends on your confidence. Once you have your stencil, all you will need is a set of water resistant fabric pens or paint, which you'll be able to pick up from most art supply stores.
:: Missoni DIY shoes via here ::
Turn an Old T-Shirt into a Racer Back Tee
We all have a stack of old t-shirts that we love, but are perhaps just too old to wear. There is a simple way to turn old t-shirts into into the perfect summer racer back tee.
Start by simply cutting off the sleeves (remember that you need to be sure you want to do so before you cut through a favourite t-shirt). Once the sleeves have been removed you need to cut off the hem on the neckline and at the bottom of the top, you can then determine how low a neck line you want to have. Once you have done this, you need to turn the t-shirt over to display the back; this is where you can decide how skinny you want the back to be.
:: DIY workout shirt tutorial via here ::
And of course, if you're looking for more easy yet creative ways to recycle and repurpose your clothes, you'll find a ton of ideas on Pinterest.