Don’t Recycle, Upcycle!

Upcycling is the process of breathing new life into old items, including clothing. When old clothes wear out, no longer fit, or seem dated, passé and no longer enjoyable to wear, the great majority of people simply throw them out or give them away. Adults' clothes tend to end up in charity shops, while children’s clothes may be passed onto others with young families. On the other hand, if the clothes are simply getting tatty, they will either go straight to the dustbin or end up as cleaning rags.

The good news however is that it does not necessarily have to be that way. If you like the fabric a great deal, or the clothes simply have a lot of sentimental value, you can be reluctant to just get rid of them – which is where the process of upcycling comes in. Clothes can be upcycled into different things. For example, the fabric of a T-shirt or dress could be upcycled into use as a cushion cover, pillowcase cover or a similar item.

Endless ideas

There is a seemingly endless array of options for people looking to upcycle an item of clothing into something else. Several different T-shirts could be turned into one dress, or the pockets of jeans could be transformed into the lining for purses. You might want to turn an old sweater or a pair of children’s trousers into a bag for wine bottles, make a leather jacket into a cover for a journal, or turn an old top into a pair of knickers.

Call the professionals

The process of upcycling takes a great deal of skill, as well as time that many people simply don't have these days; that's why professionals like The ZipYard exist. Call us today and ask for a quote to fix that hole in your jeans, or turn a man’s shirt into a girl’s skirt!