If you’re anything like me, you have a bunch of old clothes in your closet that you just can’t seem to part with. Maybe you can’t fit in them, or they haven’t made it back in-style yet, but you just don’t have the heart to throw them out. Even though having them sitting in your closet may give you a sense of satisfaction, there are plenty of ways you can put those old clothes to use without throwing them out. Here are a few:

DIY Christmas Decorations

With lockdowns happening all over the country, you might find yourself with a little extra time on your hands. Instead of buying the same plastic bulbs to hang on your Christmas tree, get yourself in the Christmas spirit by making your own decorations out of your old clothes. The clothes sitting in your closet look gorgeous on a hanger, but they’ll look even more beautiful hanging on your Christmas tree. Zerxza, an online women's magazine, has a wonderful article on how to turn old clothes into Christmas tree ornaments and other fun and stylish holiday decorations.

Memory Quilt

If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can make a memory quilt out of old t-shirts. If you don’t have a knack for sewing, Project Repat can make your memory quilt for you. You can place an order online for the size of your quilt. Next you will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare the t-shirts you have selected for your quilt. After sending out your t-shirts, all you have to do is wait for your quilt to arrive.


You can put old T-shirts in a frame or cut up old clothing to make a fabric collage to frame. Both framing options make for unique and inexpensive pieces of art to hang on your wall. If you make a collage, mix colors, patterns, and textures to make the collage really pop. Play with different kinds of frames to suit your fancy.

Keeping your old clothes on a hanger in your closet takes up unnecessary space. These creative ideas can help you clear out the old and make room for the new. Take these fun, crafty ideas as opportunities to make space for all the warmth, possibility, and positivity that the New Year has to bring. Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting from the (IN)LARKIN family to yours.