Children are notorious for growing out of their clothes in record speed. And their clothing is notorious for being fairly pricey for items that will not be worn very long.
Still quality hand-me-downs are always great to receive, but upcycling other items into new digs is another way to make clothes last longer. Adults or older siblings who have outgrown their clothes are the perfect go-to for fabric.
Check out this DIY idea to turn old shirts or other clothes into a dress. The tutorial has great pictures and patterns, and any larger sized shirt could work.
This pattern turns and old t-shirt into a tank top, or it could also be made into a maxi dress by using a longer shirt or extension panel.
Adding lace or another panel of fabric to the bottom of a t-shirt can make a longer tunic or an instant dress.
Also, covering up stains with appliques, decorations, sewing on pockets or reusing fabrics are easy ways to extend wear.
For more children’s clothing redo ideas, this compilation has several grow with you designs listed.
Shoes are definitely an item that kids grow out of quickly. Using hand-me-down shoes from older kids that are still in good condition for wear, but contain the usual scuffs and marks, can be candidates for a mini-makeover.
Shoes can often be reused, needing only minor touch-ups. Check out this suggestion for extending the life of children’s shoes by covering up toe scratches. Adding design inspirations, like favorite colors or school themes, can personalize shoes for extra wear.
Getting more wear out of clothing helps out the budget, and is also a smart way to reuse and cut down waste.
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