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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

shirt diy with this upcycling clothes idea

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.

Life & Style, Special Occasions

Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Guide


Looking for an eco-friendly father’s day gift guide? I’ve got you sorted!

Father’s Day falls on Sunday 20th June in 2021 – so don’t panic, there’s still plenty of time to go before then!  

If you’re anything like me you’ll find it hard shopping for the dad or father-figure in your life, especially if you want to shop with eco intentions.  To help you out here’s an eco-friendly Father’s Day gift guide that is sure to cater to any taste.

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Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Guide

Ethical Drinks For Dads

father's day gift guide

Trash & Treasure Rum* (£32). This is a unique British zero-waste rum made with botanicals, weeds, discarded orange peels, and surplus over-ripes. Hence a tasty treasure from trash.

Small Beer Case of Mixed Beer* (£25). Perhaps your dad is more of a beer man?  Then this mixed case of beer from Bermondsey-based Small Beer is a great choice. Small Beer treads lightly on the environment, with their ground-breaking water-saving techniques. You can read more about Small Beer here.

And if your dad is more of a wine man, then do check out my guide to ethical wine.

Eco-Friendly Garden Gift Ideas

gifts for gardeners

Garden Tools* (from £26.95). These copper tools are naturally rust-resistant and are a thoughtful eco-friendly gift idea for any dad that likes pottering in the garden.

Grow Your Own Mushroom Kit* (£18.95). Celebrate the fun-guy (see what I did there!) in your life, with this grow your own mushroom kit. Bouquets of edible oyster mushrooms are waiting to burst out of this box – just add water to watch them grow. What’s more, the mushrooms are grown on upcycled coffee grounds for extra eco points.

Eco Gifts for Hip Dads

ethical and eco-friendly father's day gift guide

Cork iPad Sleeve* (£28) from Etsy. Is your dad a gadget man?  A cork iPad sleeve is the ultimate in sustainability.  Cork is a really sustainable material, but now cork forests are being threatened because of screw-top bottles, so perpetuating a market for cork helps protect the forests.

Ethletic Trainers* (£44). If you’ve got a slightly bigger budget and a hip dad then I’d recommend trainers from Ethletic. Ethletic shoes are ethically made, with organic and Fairtrade certified cotton, the rubber soles are FSC certified and sourced responsibly, and the rubber is fairly traded too.

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Gifts for Father’s Day

ethical father's day gift guide

Salt Pig by Libby Ballard Ceramics* (£32). Each piece is hand-thrown on Libby’s potter’s wheel in her home studio in Wiltshire. What’s more, the spoons are made by local Bristol maker; Will Priestly Woodcraft. Each spoon is carved by hand. And All the wood Will uses in his work is from local conservation projects. By foraging his own wood Will knows that the trees have been felled ethically and sustainably.

The Green Roasting Tin Cookbook* (£16.99) is one of my favourite vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. With over 70 recipes, it shows you how to make delicious one-pan no-fuss meals. I’m hooked!

I hope you’ve been able to find what you are looking for in this eco-friendly Father’s Day gift guide!  If not, do check out my ethical, zero-waste, and plastic-free gift guide.