Re-Purposing Old Clothing Into Furniture


Have you ever considered repurposing your old clothing into furniture? Maybe you’ve got a closet full of clothes that aren’t quite right or don’t fit anymore, but they’re still in good shape. Instead of tossing them out or donating them to Goodwill, why not use these items as the basis for some new DIY projects? The possibilities are endless—you can make pillows, lamp shades and even dog beds from pieces of clothing that would otherwise be wasted. Here are 11 creative ways to repurpose old garments into useful items for your home:

11 Creative Ideas For Repurposing Clothing Into Home Decor

  • Use old jeans or t-shirts as a table runner or placemats.
  • Make a headboard out of denim or other sturdy cloth.
  • Turn old T-shirts into pillow covers for your bed, couch, or pillows in your favorite room.
  • Sew together several shirts to make an afghan that can be used on the couch, bed, or even hung on the wall as artwork! This is a great way to use up all of those smaller pieces left over from previous projects!
  • Create curtains out of old clothing by sewing them together into one long strip then ironing them flat and hemming both ends before hanging them according to traditional curtain methods (or simply tie them between two hooks). You could also try adding some lace trim around the edges if desired!

Make a table runner or placemats out of old jeans or t-shirts.

Here’s how to make a table runner or placemat out of old jeans or t-shirts. You’ll need:

  • material that can be washed, like cotton or linen (we used an old denim shirt)
  • scissors
  • iron and ironing board (optional)

To make a table runner: Cut the sleeves off your t-shirt and the bottom hem of your shirt. Fold the fabric in half widthwise, with wrong sides together, so it’s about 3 feet wide by 10 feet long. Press seams with an iron if needed. Fold fabric in half lengthwise so it’s 7 feet long; press seam again if desired for neatness’ sake. Hem one short edge by folding over twice toward wrong side; press crease firmly into place with an iron. Then fold over once more toward wrong side and press firmly again—this will create two parallel folds on top of each other that you can stitch down later on to keep them in place while you work! Repeat this process all along length until entire length is hemmed up nice and neatly! Place right sides together at ends; pin along edges making sure not to stretch out too much when pinning as this will cause puckering when sewing later! Trim excess material off corners before stitching down final seam around perimeter—you should now have yourself a lovely little table runner! To make placemats: Do everything above except instead of making it into one big piece, cut your fabric into two equal parts (you’ll need twice as much material for this!). Hem these just like we did above but stop about an inch before reaching corner edges since those won’t get sewn down anyway; then simply sew around outside perimeter without stitching inside where

Create a headboard or other piece of furniture using old denim or other sturdy cloth.

  • Take an old pair of jeans and make them into a headboard. Cut the legs off the pants, leaving six inches at the bottom. Cut two pieces of wood that are slightly longer than this and attach them to both sides with screws or nails.
  • Use an old t-shirt to make a headboard as well. Lay out your shirt on top of some newspaper, then cut it so that it’s about three feet long by one foot wide (or whatever size you want). Fold over 1 inch of each side and sew down with heavy thread or glue for extra strength if desired.*
  • Use an old sheet for a headboard as well! Measure out how wide you want your headboard to be (this should be about eight inches wider than your mattress) and then measure from there down to where you’d like it finished off–usually somewhere between four feet and six feet works best depending on how tall your bed frame is–and cut out two pieces based on those measurements.*
  • Create an adorable little bench using pants pants! Start by cutting off the legs at their seam line using scissors or rotary cutter; then add a seat cushion made out of fabric scraps pinned together around its circumference edge with safety pins so they don’t slip out while sewing around them once again but this time with thread instead just like before only now we’re going around twice instead once so take care not miss any spots — just keep going until done!

Use old sweaters to make winter pillows for your couch or bed.

If you want to make a pillow out of an old sweater, then it’s important to choose a sweater that is soft and comfortable. You should try to choose one that is in good condition as well. If possible, try to find a sweater that fits the size of your pillow. Also, if you have an old winter sweater with long sleeves and hood, take off the sleeves and hood so that it can be used for your new pillow.

If you’re looking for inspiration for decorating with sweaters this winter season or just need some ideas on how to get rid of all those extra sweaters lying around your house (because let’s face it: nobody has enough space for all their clothes), check out our Pinterest board! It features over 50 creative ways people have repurposed their favorite sweaters into useful items like purses, pillows and even Christmas tree skirts!

Old socks can become dust rags for your home.

Before you get started, make sure the socks are clean and dry. Then, cut off the toe portion of the sock. You can use old socks to clean up small spills in your home. Use them to clean up pet hair on furniture or rugs, or just dusting around the house. Old socks can also be used to remove cobwebs, dirt, grime and other debris from hard to reach places around your house.

  • This is an excerpt from a blog post originally written by Bob Vila for DIY Network’s website:

Launder and cut up old sheets to use as dust rags around the house.

  • Launder old sheets. It may sound a bit like you’re wasting time, but your sheets will end up looking and feeling much better after a few trips through the wash.
  • Cut them into strips. Once you’ve washed your sheets and dried them completely, cut them into strips about an inch wide and as long as you want (the longer the strip, the more efficient it’ll be).
  • Use a rubber band to keep the strips together in groups of four or five—this way they’ll be easier to handle when cleaning surfaces around your house!

Create an end table from an old suitcase that you don’t use anymore.

Here’s a really cool way to create an end table from an old suitcase that you’re tired of carrying around. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An old suitcase that you don’t use anymore (or can be used again)
  • A drill and bits for drilling holes in the wood surface of your end table. You could also use a hammer and nails, or even just glue the legs on if they’re not too heavy.
  • A set of four chair legs, preferably 3/4″ or 1″ thick (You can get them at any hardware store.) Set these aside so they’re easy to grab when it comes time for assembly.

Use an old hat to create a unique lamp shade.

  • You can use an old hat to make a unique lamp shade.
  • If you have an old lampshade, you can wear it as a hat.
  • Sometimes, people make lamps out of their old hats.
  • Sometimes they put their old hat on top of the light bulb instead of wearing it on their head.

Convert an old dress into a pet bed for your dog or cat.

It’s always difficult to get rid of an old dress. You may have had it for years and you’re not sure if you can get away with getting rid of it. Well, what if we told you that there are ways in which you can use your old dresses?

Here are some ideas:

  • Use an old dress to make a pet bed for your dog or cat. This is a great way to re-purpose an old garment as well as keeping your pet comfortable! If sewing isn’t your thing, don’t worry; there are plenty of tutorials online that show exactly how easy it is to make these types of beds from scratch!
  • Use old sheets to create a cozy throw pillow for yourself on the couch or bed…or even just around the house! Simply sew together several pieces together (4 – 6 depending on size) and then fill them with stuffing or down feathers before closing off any open ends by hand stitching them closed at each corner like so…

Cover an old box with scraps of fabric to create a storage box for your closet.

To make a comfortable shoe storage box, you’ll need:

  • An old box (the larger the better)
  • Fabric scraps that are durable and washable. Use fabric that is soft and comfortable to walk on; if possible, choose furniture-grade fabrics like cotton or hemp.
  • Sewing machine

Step 1: Cut out the bottom of the box so it’s open on one side. This will let moisture escape and allow shoes to sit flat without rolling into each other. It also makes this project easier!

Repurpose clothing rather than throwing it away or donating it to Goodwill

Why re-purpose rather than throw out or donate?

  • Throwing clothing away is wasteful and can potentially pollute the environment.
  • Donating clothes to Goodwill may be a good thing, but it’s likely that your old t-shirt will end up in someone else’s closet, never to be worn again. Reusing is better because it lets you make something new out of something that already exists.

How do I get started with re-purposing old clothes?

There are many ways you can start repurposing your old garments into functional items of furniture. If you don’t want to spend money on new tools, check out garage sales or thrift stores for used tools that might help your project along (and save some money too!). You’ll also find useful tips at DIY sites like Instructables or Pinterest where people have posted their own ideas for how they’ve turned this season’s duds into next year’s decor!


If you want to know how to re-purpose old clothing into furniture, the first step is to gather some old clothes. You can use any material that is sturdy enough for your project. The second step is to wash and dry all of the garments before ripping or cutting them into pieces of fabric that are large enough for what you want them used for (i.e. a table runner). After that, just follow our instructions above and use your imagination!

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