Up-cycle old clothes for summer

Up-cycle old clothes for summer

Trousers and T-shirts that your kids have outgrown can come in handy on holiday!


Grass stains, ice cream drips, sun block cream – summer is not the time to put your children in posh clothes. So try these ideas and save money at the same time.

Funky shorts

  • Long trousers that swing around your child’s ankles are ripe for adapting as shorts.
  • Look at the cut and take them back to a decent length (ideally just above or below the knee).
  • Make a virtue of having to sew a new hem by adding an extra turn up then sewing this into place.

Beach PJs

  • Rather than letting your children run around in swimsuits all day, covering up is great for healthy skin.
  • Dig out colourful old pyjamas (cotton rather than T-shirt material ones stay smarter longer).
  • Cut them down into a short-sleeve two-piece with cropped trousers cut off half way down the leg.
  • Even just the trousers added to a bikini top can work great for girls.
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Shirt to cami

  • This works for women as well as for girls.
  • Take an old shirt (especially if the cuffs are a bit frayed) and cut off the sleeves and shoulders.
  • Make sure that where you re-hem around the top you create a slight curve over the bust for better-looking shape.
  • Use some of the discarded material to create new straps.
  • If needed, crop the length at the bottom to create a summer top to wear with shorts.

Savvy tip
Revive flip flops and sunhats by buying a few little flower decorations from a department store haberdashery, or improvising with old hair accessories and ribbon.

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