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10 Ways to Turn Old Clothes Into New Outfits

Shopping for new clothes every now and then can be expensive, so you can always make the most of your creativity by transforming your old clothes into new outfits in a breeze. 5-Minute Crafts is here to the rescue to make these hacks easier than ever.

Things you’ll need in every hack:

  1. A pair of scissors
  2. Needle and thread

Here’s what you can transform:

1. Leggings into a top

Things you’ll need for this hack:

  • Leggings

Steps:

  1. Fold the leggings in half. Stretch them well to make sure there are no creases.
  2. Cut along the lines of the leggings, as is shown in the image above.
  • Remember, the wider the cut, the more your neck will be shown.
  1. Wear the top as if you were putting pants on your head — the leggings are now your sleeves and the rest of the material covers your upper body.
  2. Your new top is ready.

2. Jeans into a skirt

Things you’ll need for this hack:

  • A pair of jeans
  • A ruler
  • Permanent marker

Steps:

  1. Fold the jeans in half. Stretch them to make sure there are no creases.
  2. Now, estimate the length you’d like the skirt to be, mark that point, and cut it along a straight line. The jeans should now look like shorts.
  3. Cut the insides of the shorts as marked in the image above.
  4. To turn your shorts into a skirt, turn them inside out. Ensure that the cuts along the front and back seams come to the sides. Then, mark the extra fabric on the left, as is shown in the image.
  • Note that the back seam comes to the left and the front seam comes to the right.
  1. Repeat the step on the front seam.
  2. Cut away the extra material from the back seam.
  3. Repeat the step for the front seam as well.
  4. Stitch both edges.
  5. Turn the skirt inside out and scratch its bottom edge with a needle to cast out little threads. This gives the skirt a frilly look.
  6. Your skirt is ready.
  • You can also try decorating your skirt with sequins, fabric paints, and more.

3. Socks into wintery gloves

Things you’ll need for this hack:

  • A pair of socks

Steps:

  1. Take a pair of socks and cut a few inches off the tips as you see in the image above.
  2. Then make a small V-shaped cut on the heel part of the socks.
  3. Stitch both the cut edges to clean up the raw edges. Then give your socks a slight stretch.
  4. To try them on, your thumb should go in the smaller hole of the socks, and the rest of the fingers should fit in the bigger hole like you see in the image.

4. Wide pants into a dress

Things you’ll need for this hack:

  • Wide pants

Steps:

  1. Choose a pair of wide pants that are stretchy enough.
  2. Put both legs into one of the pant legs.
  3. Pull the pants up to your chest and adjust the dress in a way that has the loose part in front.
  4. From the point where the flaps of the pants meet, cut a slit in your dress, as is shown in the image.
  1. The flaps are no longer adjoined.
  2. Pull the loose flaps in opposite directions — the left flap to the right and the right flap to the left.
  3. Tie them askew.
  4. Your dress is ready.

5. A muffler into a winter cap

Things you’ll need for this hack:

  • A wide, square-shaped muffler
  • Strong thread

Steps:

  1. Fold the muffler and bring its edges to the center.
  2. Stitch the edges of the muffler together and turn it inside out.
  3. Tie the part that is closer to one of the edges with a strong thread, as is shown in the image above.
  4. Cut off the excess thread, making sure you don’t cut the knot away.
  1. Cut vertical slits into the muffler as displayed.
  2. The muffler should now look like the one in image #6.
  3. Roll up the untouched part of the muffler.
  4. Your winter headwear is ready.

6. A skirt into a dress

Things you’ll need for this hack:

  • A long skirt
  • A belt

Steps:

  1. Take a skirt that is long or stretchy enough to fit like a dress.
  2. Cut a slit on the left part of your skirt.
  3. The slit must not be too big or small, just large enough to let your left arm slide through easily.
  4. Pull the skirt up to your left shoulder by sliding your arm in.
  5. You can customize it further by wearing a belt so that the dress stays in place.
  6. Your new outfit is ready.
  • Instead of the left side, you can also create a slit on your right.

7. An old tank top into a tight-fitting top

Things you’ll need for this hack:

  • A tank top

Steps:

  1. Cut the front side of your tank top from the middle.
  2. Open the top and begin cutting from the left side seams as shown in the image above. The cut should be approximately 3/4 of the back seam.
  3. Then cut from the right side seam.
  4. From the point where your cut ends, make a horizontal cut across the top.
  1. Now you have 2 flaps out from your top.
  2. Keep the flaps one over the other to check if they’re even in length.
  3. Put it on and tie the flaps askew to your back.
  4. Your new top is ready.

8. A scarf into a shrug

Things you’ll need for this hack:

  • A scarf (must be at least 6.5 to 10 feet long)
  • A belt

Steps:

  1. Spread the scarf horizontally.
  2. Fold it in half.
  3. Hold the folded part of the scarf in your right hand and hold a few inches below the fold in your left. These cuts are for your arms.
  • Ensure that you make this hold away from the edges or else the shrug wouldn’t hang onto your shoulders.
  1. Cut the part you hold in your left hand like in the image above.
  2. Release the folds and try on the shrug.
  3. Keep it in place by putting on a belt.

9. Plain denim into checkered denim

Things you’ll need for this hack:

  • A pair of jeans
  • Acrylic tape
  • Fabric paint

Steps:

  1. Put some tape a few inches away from the button, as is shown in the image. Note that this should be done on the front side of the jeans. Mirror the step on the other side as well.
  2. Now put some more tape a few inches away from the side seam, parallel to the tape applied from step 1. The space between the tape lines must be equal to 2 widths of the tape.
  3. Cut square strips of the tape and stick them onto the denim, beginning from the top of the denim on both sides.
  4. Ensure you stick the square tape in a checkered patterned all the way to the bottom.
  1. Now it’s time to paint the empty spaces between the tape. Paint the white color in a zigzag pattern.
  2. Then paint the rest of the empty squares black.
  3. After the paint dries, strip away the tape.
  4. Your checkered denim is ready.

10. Your boyfriend’s old shirt into a dress

Things you’ll need for this hack:

  • An oversized shirt

Steps:

  1. Put on an oversized shirt to see how loose it is on your body.
  2. Now wear the shirt below your shoulders and button it up till it fits, as is shown in the image.
  3. Gather the sleeves and pull them in opposite directions — the left goes right, and the right goes left. Tie them firmly against your back and tuck in any extra fabric.
  4. Your dress is ready.
Preview photo credit 5-Minute Crafts
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