Sustainable DIY – Upcycle your old denim!

I hate throwing things away. I’m that person who still has every single notebook they’ve used from elementary school until high school because… what if I need it again one day? I’m the same with clothes. This ugly dress that I got five years ago for a school play, what if I desperately need that exact same outfit some time in the future? I am the worst when it comes to cleaning out my closet because I just feel bad letting go of old clothes. In the end, I’m always left with lots of old, misfitting, clothes that I never actually end up wearing.

In this blog post, I’m going to share a way to upcycle your clothes so that you can bring life back to your old items and you don’t have to live with a closet full of worn-to-death outfits. Not only is upcycling your outfits a fun activity, but it’s much more sustainable to re-work your old clothes, rather than constantly buying new outfits and throwing away the old ones.

Even if you’re not one for wearing upcycled outfits (it’s not for everyone!) it can be fun to do this DIY with friends and when you’re done you can donate these clothes to a charity shop. Each year I help to organize a Jumble Sale in my local community, so I’ll donate some of the clothes I DIY in this post and let other people wear them. Either way, it’s important to remember that just because you finish using something, it’s life isn’t over: you can upcycle it or give it away! So here’s my fun DIY to re-work your old denim…

Step 1: pick out your old denim 

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Step 2: look for some inspiration and decide on your design

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Step 3: tape around the area you are working on for a clean finish

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Step 4: start painting!

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Step 5: let the paint dry and take off the tape

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Step 6: ready to wear!

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What are your favourite ways to upcycle your old clothes? Let me know in the comments! I hope you enjoyed this post and see you next week 🙂

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