upcycling clothes

Looking for some ideas on upcycling clothes without needing to sew? Great news then, I’ve got five brilliant no-sew ideas for you!

I’m not as nimble as I’d like to be with a needle and thread. And I don’t know my way around a sewing machine that well. But what I’m really into is upcycling clothes, to give them a new life and keep them out of landfill.

The fast fashion industry is a massive environmental problem. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has calculated that the fashion industry produces 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions every year. They have also estimated that the fashion industry uses around a staggering 1.5 trillion litres of water annually. Meanwhile, concerns have been rising about pollution from chemical waste – originating from the dyes used in clothing manufacture – to microplastics.

One of the most radical and impactful environmental acts we can therefore do is extend the life of our existing clothes, through wearing them longer, and upcycling our clothes when we need to.

No-Sew Ideas For Upcycling Clothes

Last year I shared with you five no-sew clothing DIYs.  That post went down so well, that as I was researching more ideas for myself on upcycling clothes with no-sew techniques, I thought why keep them all to me?  So today I’m here to share with you five more upcycling ideas for clothes that I have found around the internet.  Click on the links to be taken to the full tutorials.

Crafty With Lace

no sew dress diy

This no-sew lace dress from Pretty Life Anonymous is just beautiful.  I’m looking forward to giving this a go! Got a stain that you can’t get out? Cover it with lace!

Upcycling Clothes With Potatoes!

stamped top diy

Kate at See Kate Sew stamped this cute cat t-shirt using potatoes!  Upcycling clothes with potato prints must surely be the ultimate easy way to update your wardrobe! This technique also works really well if you want to cover a stain that you can’t get out.

Jazz Up Basics

no sew top

It turns out there are lots of crafty Kate’s out there. This no-sew DIY lace insert top is by Kate of Mr. Kate! This technique would work well if you had a hole that was difficult to mend – just make a feature of it!

Embellished Flowers

no sew flower embellishment

This embellished flower DIY from Jessie Daye is for kid’s clothing, but would look beautiful on an adult’s cardigan too. This clothes upcycling technique is a great way to disguise any holes in your knitwear.

Fabric Dye

ombre diy clothes upcycling ideas

This ombre t-shirt from I Spy DIY looks stunning. It’s a really great way to revitalise an old plain top that you no longer way. The link is no longer available, so try this tutorial instead.

The thing I love best about these upcycling techniques is that they are such effective and relatively simple ways to breathe new life into old clothes, without needing to have too much technical knowledge or professional skills.  Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at crafty DIYs on Pinterest, but the no-sew ideas always seem the most relatable and achievable to me!

Will you be upcycling clothes using any of these techniques?  Do share how you get on!

Main image from Bird In The Hand, all others from the aforementioned blogs.

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