Creative reuse: fabrics and footwear

Kids at a loose end on a wet weekend, half term or holidays? Below are some fun reuse projects for kids and adults alike, with great ideas for personal gifts or just thrifty ways to get something you need from old fabric and footwear.

Children, please ask your parents before starting any of these projects as some may require adult supervision.

Do share photos of your completed project with us on our Facebook page or by email. We would love to see them.

Fun things to make with old fabrics and footwear

3 free upcycling sewing projects

Making sock puppets
Cute Sock Monkey

Upcycle: braded T-shirt rug (step-by-step guide)
Recycled rag rug

How to make stud t-shirts (revamp your plain t-shirts)
T-shirt shorts (step-by-step guide and link to video tutorial)

Old T-shirt cat tent
Sweatshirt pet bed

Make a denim dog
Upcycle denim into market tote bag
19 more fun ways to reuse denim

How to sew a fabric bowl usings scraps
Scarf pillows
DIY no-sew scarf apron
Gladiator sandals – update flipflops with long scarf

Easy flowery shoes revamp plain shoes into pretty flowery shoes.

Fabric covered storage boxes. If your scraps of material aren’t big enough to cover each side of the box, try sewing some together to create your own unique quilt effect.

For more creative reuse ideas

Visit our pages on inspiring ideas, paper and cardboard, plastics, furniture and more.