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Upcycling Clothes With 6 Fab DIYs

sewing and upcycling
upcycling old clothes idea

After some upcycling ideas for your old clothes? I’ve got six clever ideas for you today.

Did you know that clothing production is the third biggest manufacturing industry after the automotive and technology industries? Yes, textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined.

Did you also know that washing, solvents, and dyes used in clothing manufacturing are responsible for one-fifth of industrial water pollution? Or that 3 out of 5 fast fashion items end up in landfill?

These statistics are mind-blowing. It’s clear that it’s imperative to the environment to prolong the life of our clothing for as long as possible. We can wash our clothes correctly, and we can mend them to keep them in circulation. But what about when your clothes have seen better days? The good news is you don’t have to bin them, you can upcycle your clothes.

Six Upcycling Clothes DIYs

There are some really talented people out there. Here’s a round-up of some of the great posts I’ve found lately from bloggers who have been upcycling clothes and given them a fantastic new lease of life.  Click on the links to be taken to the full post from each blogger and instructions from them on how you can do the same.

Upcycling Clothes With Potato Printing

potato printed trousers

Fritha from the blog Tigerlilly Quinn did some amazing geometric potato printing on a pair of little boy’s jeans she found in a charity shop.  Her toddler is going to look amazing in them!

handprinted t-shirt

And isn’t this potato printed fox top she also made for her son the cutest (in the same post)?

Upcycle a Shirt Into a Skirt

upcycled shirt ideas

Vicky from the Oh Wild blog is also a crafting wizard!  She whipped up this stunning embroidered skirt repurposed from a men’s denim shirt. And then she also breathed new life into an old leather jacket with this DIY stud detailing, creating an up-to-the-minute studded leather jacket.  How is that for upcycling clothes?!

Upcycle A Scarf Into A Shirt

upcycled clothing ideas

This scarf that has been incorporated into a gorgeous shirt has been sitting on my to-do list for an age.  It’s just perfect for summer.  And what a clever upcycling idea – I am officially in love! What a great way to transform a shirt that you’ve perhaps burned with an iron, stained, or has an irreparable hole. The link no longer works, and I can’t find a similar tutorial, so you will have to use your imagination on how to do this, I’m afraid.

Lace Backed Shirt

upcycled lace shirt

Keeping on the denim shirt theme, the last of my upcycling clothes ideas, is this beautiful DIY lace shirt from A Beautiful Mess. It makes me want to whip out my sewing machine right away!  I’m no sewing wizard but it looks fairly straightforward, so I could be tempted to give this a go!

Have you found any other good upcycling clothes posts or ideas or have one of your own that you’d like to share?  Let me know in the comments below! And do check out these 5 more upcycling ideas.

Arts & Crafts, Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Crochet Makeup Remover Pads Free Pattern

I’m really excited to share with you this free pattern for these fantastic crochet makeup remover pads, created for Moral Fibres readers by Lyndsey Haskell.  

Here Lyndsey shares how to green your daily beauty routine with these simple and eco-friendly washable alternatives to disposable cotton wool pads. 

Please note, that these are UK crochet stitches. If you are reading along from a different part of the world, then I would recommend familiarising yourself with UK crochet stitches and hook sizes first.

Take it away Lyndsey!


cotton wool pads

I’m constantly on the lookout for ways of reducing my carbon footprint, one of the main aims being to reduce the number of things I buy and throw away.

One daily annoyance is throwing away the cotton pads that I use to remove my makeup. They come in a non-recyclable plastic packet that really irks me. Another point of annoyance is that they may have been factory-made then air freighted halfway around the world.

I decided to make some reusable cotton pads that I could just put in the wash when they’ve been used.  Read on to find out how I did it! I’ve also got a printer-friendly version of these instructions at the bottom of this post. Keep scrolling for that!

How To Make Crochet Makeup Remover Pads

reusable make up remover pad

To make your reusable cotton wool pads you will need a UK size 4 crochet hook.

If you are outside of the UK then please note UK crochet hook sizes are different from international sizes. A UK size 4 corresponds with a 6.00mm hook or a 10/J hook.

You will also need some cotton yarn of your choice.

My favourites are Sirdar Simply Recycled* and Rowan Revive* which both come in some lovely colours.  You will need about 8m of yarn.

Instructions

step by step guide to crocheting makeup remover pads

To make these crochet makeup remover pads then try my following pattern:

Ch4, then join with a sl st to the first stitch.

Row 1: Ch 1, *puff st (yo, insert hook into stitch, pull the strand through, do the same 4 more times then pull your yarn through all 11 loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain), ch 1*, repeat * 7 more times then join with a sl st to the top of the first puff stitch and move with a sl st into the gap between the first & second puff. 8 puff st.

reusable make up remover pad diy

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 puff st into the first gap, then 2 puff st into each gap all the way around. Note that you don’t chain between the stitches as you did on the first row. Once you have 16 puff st, join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. 16 puff st.

eco friendly cotton wool pad

Sew in the ends and there you have your finished crochet makeup remover pad. Make a bundle of them and store them in your bathroom ready to use at bedtime!

Enjoy.

crochet cotton wool pads

How To Use Your Completed Pads

Using reusable makeup remover pads is incredibly similar to using disposable cotton wool rounds.

To use simply saturate your crochet makeup remover pad with your regular makeup remover, and then gently wipe your face using the pad. Depending on how much makeup you were wearing, you made need to use more than one pad to remove all traces of makeup.

Once you’re done, pop your pads in a bag or a jar ready for wash day.

How To Wash Your Crochet Makeup Remover Pads

Now that you’ve made your reusable makeup pads, you might be wondering how to wash them. The good news is that they don’t require any special care. I’d recommend popping them in your washing machine, along with your other laundry, and washing them on your standard wash cycle using your regular laundry detergent. It’s that easy.

If you’ve crocheted your pads using light coloured wool, wash them in a light coloured load. And vice versa, if you used dark coloured wool, wash them in with your darks.

My top tip is to either buy a mesh bag* or repurpose something similar to wash them in. This helps stop them from going inside the seal in your washing machine and getting a bit dirty, or getting lost inside your clothes!

My other top tip is to avoid the use of a standard fabric conditioner. Using this can negatively affect the absorbency and performance of your makeup remover pads. White vinegar makes for a great effective natural fabric conditioner that won’t affect your pads.

To dry, avoid the tumble dryer. Instead, hang them up to air dry.

Alternatively, you can hand wash your reusable. Simply wash them in warm water with a little laundry detergent or some gentle soap, before wringing them out and hanging them up to dry.


Other Eco-Friendly Makeup Ideas

Thanks so much, Lyndsey for this fantastic reusable cotton wool pads crochet pattern! I’m desperate to learn how to crochet so that I can give these seriously useful pads a go.

If you are looking for other ways to green your beauty routine do check out my health and beauty category for more inspiration!   I have a host of eco-friendly makeup related posts, such as this handy guide to zero-waste makeup, and my really easy natural makeup brush cleaner recipe. I’m working on my own eco-friendly makeup remover, so do also watch this space!

Need a printer-friendly version of the crochet pattern? I’ve made one below for you so that you can print it out and get crocheting!

Crochet Makeup Remover Pads – Free Pattern

Try this crochet reusable cotton wool pads pattern so you can green your daily beauty routine with these simple and eco-friendly washable cotton wool pads.

Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4 pads

Ingredients

  • 1 piece UK size 4 crochet hook A UK size 4 corresponds with a 6.00mm hook or a 10/J hook.
  • 8 metres Cotton yarn of your choice. My favourites are Sirdar Simply Recycled* and Rowan Revive

Instructions

  1. Ch4, then join with a sl st to the first stitch.

  2. Row 1: Ch 1, *puff st (yo, insert hook into stitch, pull the strand through, do the same 4 more times then pull your yarn through all 11 loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain), ch 1*, repeat * 7 more times then join with a sl st to the top of the first puff stitch and move with a sl st into the gap between the first & second puff. 8 puff st.

  3. Row 2: Ch 1, 2 puff st into the first gap, then 2 puff st into each gap all the way around. Note that you don’t chain between the stitches as you did on the first row. Once you have 16 puff st, join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. 16 puff st.

  4. Finally, sew in the ends and you're done.