The Easy Upcycling Hack That Makes Clothes Last Longer

Why We Should Keep Clothes for as Long As Possible

I guess a lot of people would just give an old jumper to charity, cut it up and use it for cleaning. Or even bin it (but please don’t do that!). Not me though! Even putting aside the terrifying statistics of how much clothing goes into landfill, I like to squeeze every last use out of my clothes. My old t-shirts get used as PJ tops and my old jeans are now ‘gardening and decorating jeans’. Other old clothes (and indeed housewares) are mended and/or dyed to give them a new lease of life. I don’t like to waste either things or money, so if I can ‘make do and mend’ I will! Not long ago, I dyed some old throws to make covers for our Ercol sofa. I wasn’t about to be defeated by a jumper!

What You’ll Need to Upcycle an Old Jumper

You don’t even need a sewing machine for this thrifty hack. It’s super easy though it does take a little time.

  • An old jumper or sweatshirt
  • Cotton thread in a matching colour
  • Cotton tape and/or ribbon
  • Needle
  • Fabric glue (you could use pins too but it will be more difficult)

How to Upcycle Your Old Jumper with Ribbon

Sewing up holes along the sleeves of an old pink jumper
Fabric glue along the seam of a pink jumper
White cotton tape stuck to a pink jumper with fabric glue
Hand sewing a hot pink leopard print ribbon along the seam of an old jumper to give it a new lease of life
Old pink jumper mended with hot pink leopard print ribbon sewn along the seams
Close up of an old pink jumper mended with hot pink leopard print ribbon sewn along the seams

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