What to Do With Holed Up Clothes?

What should you do with holed up clothes? So, you got a pile of socks lying somewhere with holes and you don’t know what to do with them? I am there with you! I have piles and piles of my and kids’ clothes that got torn up. I don’t like seeing many things getting tossed in the trash. Heck, they could be donated, repaired, reused, or recycled. If any of these options can’t be used at all, the last resort is to toss ‘em! I actually don’t really want to toss them though. Our landfills need some breathing space and don’t need more clothes! I’m pretty sure it is at least million tons of old clothes sitting everywhere.  Please read further for more ways to recycle, reuse, repair, and/or donate your clothes.

Donating your clothes may be a good way to get rid of clutter in your house. Getting a tax write-off receipt is a great benefit, however, they only would take them in good condition. If you are concerned as to how they will sell or dispose of those old clothing, you should check with the donation centers such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, Planet Aid, ClothingDonations.org, etc. You would need to make sure that they do accept old and/or holed up clothing for recycling.

Almost all clothing are 100% recyclable, so why aren’t we putting them in our recycle bins? If you are still not sure whether to place them in your recycle bin, you can always contact your local recycling center for guidelines on what items to include in your bin. I recently contacted my local recycling center and I learned that they do not accept clothing in recycling bins. They told me to toss them in trash. I yelled, “Are you serious???!” You can contact recycling centers or non-profit organizations to start a Recycling Program. For example, you can work with them to organize a fundraising drive to gather all old, torn clothes from your piles and others! Recycling is out of the question.There are many local organizations and charities that need a lot of old clothes to reuse. Many need them to knit a new rug, quilt, or repair for money donations to support their organizations.

Here are great ideas to reuse old, holed up clothing:

1. Rag Rug

This is a very adorable rug and easy to make! It would be perfect for any bedroom with colors of your choice!
Learn how to make an easy no sew rag rug / grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

  Source: Gemmas Rag Rug

2. Quilt

I don’t think quilts would ever go out of style. They are so warm and inviting! I would love to snuggle under this quilt and enjoy my coffee and a book!

Crystelle Boutique - Easy Jeans and Fleece Rag Quilt Step-by-Step Directions

 Source: Crystal Boutique Jeans Rag Quilt

3. Coffee sleeve (this is my favorite!)

This is stinking cute! Sleeves are perfect for reusing fabric scraps and old clothes.

Source: Sorority Secrets Coffee Sleeves

4. Lunch bags

Who wants to bring bulky lunchboxes? This looks appealing and very easy to carry in your tote!

Source: http://www.ehow.com/how_12343512_sew-insulated-lunch-bag.html 

5. Lunch tote

Oh, my. This is so pretty. I don’t think I would want to spill my soup inside. I think it would be perfect for picnics, storing makeup, or traveling.

Source: Sew Can She Lunch Tote

6. Apron and basket

This is perfect for scrapbooking, crafting, bullet journaling, and more!

DIY Denim Apron and Basket From Old Jeans

Source: Cool Creativity Jeans Apron and Basket

7. Dog toys for dog lovers!

That would make your dog so happy if you made one for your own!

DIY dog toys - make this easy no sew ball and tug toy from an old t-shirt and tennis ball!


Source: Yes Missy DIY Dog Toys

8. Dryer balls made out of socks.

That would make your clothes and towels smell so good! You don’t need any dryer sheets. This is a great reuse idea!

dryer balls with socks without partner by ecokaren

Source: Dryer Balls with Socks

9. Totes

I LOVE totes! I carry things around the house, so I don’t have to go back and forth to get a single item I needed! This is GREAT for mothers who run around everywhere!

Free sewing pattern for these sturdy and stylish market tote bags. Fully lined, pockets inside and out - love them!

Source: Sew Modern Tote Bags

10. Pocket organizer

This is a great wall decor/organizer idea! It looks awesome for an office or a craft room!

Source: Home Made Modern Denim Pocket Organizers

~Amy, Awe-inspiring Mom