It’s no secret that kids grow fast. In fact, if you’ve ever tried to re-stock a growing child’s wardrobe, you’ll quickly realize that outfits purchased a few short months ago which fit perfectly are now just a hair too short and a little too tight. What’s a parent to do?
If you’re thrifty, you can probably find a way to re-use those clothes that no longer fit. Here’s three great tips for getting more wear out of your children’s clothing that no longer fits.
1. Transition Dresses into Tunics
For girls that hit a growth spurt mid year, the best way to re-use those dresses that are just a tad too short now is to repurpose them into tunics. Tunics and shorts for summer and tunics and leggings for winter are a perfect clothing combination. Plus, they can be worn almost year-round so long as you layer and pair appropriately. This is one of our favorite ways to re-use clothing that no longer fits perfectly.
2. Upcycle Them into a Craft Project
Sometimes a kid’s outfit just won’t cut it anymore and the only options are to give it away or turn it into something new. Luckily, we know a few things about crafting and upcycling. Upcycling is taking something old and using it to create something new. For instance, you could take a girl’s tank top and upcycle it into a handy shoulder bag. Or turn a pair of navy pants into summer-worthy shorts.
3. Donate Clothing to Help Victims of Flooding
Hurricane Joaquim recently wreaked havoc on Charleston and the surrounding areas, and as such, many people experienced flooding in their homes – losing everything. You really can’t fathom what that feels like until you go through it and have to rebuild your entire lives, piece by piece. One simple way to help is to donate your kids clothing that no longer fits to a family who really needs it. This can provide tremendous help to families that lost everything.
How do you re-use your kids’ old clothing or how do you get more wear out of them? Share with us in the comments!