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Upcycle Old Clothes for DIY Textile Designs in Your Home

Upcycling, the process of creatively repurposing old items into something useful, is a great way to downsizeHeart Ornament Made from an Old Sweater on items you don’t use by converting them into decorations, gifts and practical items. Try these ideas for ways to reuse your outdated wardrobe items.

T-Shirt Quilt: Have a stack of beloved T-shirts you can’t bear to toss? Repurpose them into a quilt to combine sentimental value and practicality.

Fabric Rug: Old clothes can be made into colorful fabric yarn and knitted into a unique floor covering. (Read DIY Fabric Rug for full instructions.)

Sweater pillows: Old sweaters can be made into charming decorations by felting (washing and drying wool so it shrinks into a dense fabric) then cutting out shapes, stuffing them and stitching them together. These tiny pillows make a cute addition to gifts, or look adorable tossed in a bowl. Find a tutorial for the one pictured above from the blog Your Homebased Mom.