5 Ways to Upcycle Old Clothing and Shoes

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Feeling restless at home? Being cooped up inside our home for more than a month isn’t that exciting 😓

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Last year, Singapore produced 168,000 tonnes of textile and leather waste. With only 4% of textile and leather waste is recycled! Furthermore, the amount of waste that we produce has increased since all of us are staying at home because of the Circuit Breaker.

Interested to find out how you can upcycle and repurpose your old clothing and shoes? Read on to see how! 😎

person sewing green textile using white electric sewing machine

📸: Volha Flaxeco via Unsplash

1) The Fabric Tote

DIY Lace Sling Tote

📸: Collective Gen

Wanna reduce your impact on the environment? This DIY fabric tote from Collective Gen teaches how you can recycle your old clothes and turn them into a tote bag for your grocery shopping! 😉 It is foldable and lightweight. You can even match it with your outfit!

You’ll just need your old clothing, scissors and sewing kit. Snip snip, sew it up and ta-da!

Click here for the full tutorial!

📸: Collective Gen

2) Embroider Your Denim

📸: Collective Gen

Have time to spare and wanna do something fun? This DIY embroidered denim from Collective Gen teaches how you can embroider your denim! Personalising your denim just the way you want it 😄 There are two ways you can embroider, by hand or sewing machine.

You’ll need your denim, hand needle/sewing machine, thread and scissors!

Click here for the full tutorial!

📸: Collective Gen

3) Side-Stripe Pants

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📸: Paper & Stitch

Not a fan of sewing clothes? Fret not, we’ve got you covered! This DIY Side-Stripe Pants by Paper & Stitch does not require a sewing machine 🎉 Give your pants a fresh new look and once we enter Phase 2 of post-circuit breaker you can wear it to meet your friends!

You’ll just need your pants, 1-inch velvet ribbon and some iron-on adhesive tape!

Click here for the full tutorial!

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📸: Paper & Stitch

4) Paint Splatter Shoes

Shoe Win: DIY Painter Shoes Makeover

📸: Paper & Stitch

Have any shoes that you seldom wear because you feel it’s lacking something? Or you simply want to give your old shoes a much-needed makeover?

This DIY Painter Shoes Makeover by Paper & Stitch will come in handy! It is easy to do and great bonding activity for you and your family! 🎨🖌️

All you need are your shoes, acrylic paint, stiff paintbrush, newspaper and paper plate!

Click here for the full tutorial!

Shoe Win: DIY Painter Shoes Makeover

📸: Paper & Stitch

5) Off-the-shoulder Shirt

DIY off the shoulder shirt

📸: Collective Gen

If you combined all the other upcycling ideas, you’ll pretty much head out in a fully repurposed outfit! But… Seems like we’re missing something 🤔

Hey, this DIY off-the-shoulder shirt by Collective Gen looks like the missing puzzle piece. It is so easy to do that it’ll take you less than a minute to do it! All you need is your shirt!

Click here for the full tutorial!

DIY off the shoulder shirt

📸: Collective Gen

Hope all these will be useful to you once we enter Phase 2 of the post-circuit breaker! Till then, remember to wear your mask when you go outside!

Need more masks to keep you and your family safe? Don’t worry! We are selling masks (different sizes and types) and thermometers, so if you need them just drop us a message at +65 9457 2440 or call +65 6358 4231 😉

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