Thrifty Thursday – Upcycling Baby Clothes

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There’s just something about baby clothes that makes them so hard to resist. When you have your first child, the instinct to provide them with nothing but the best is overpowering, and before you know it, you’re rivalling Kim Kardashian’s $25,000 shopping spree for her daughter Nori’s baby clothes.Babies go through so many growth spurts that many of their clothes stop fitting a few weeks after you buy them. These clothes inevitably get stockpiled and collect dust in the attic, useless until, many years later as your baby is getting ready to leave the nest, you dig them up and reminisce about how time flies.

Save on Those Baby Clothes

But these clothes don’t necessarily have to sit in storage. There are so many different projects that could be undertaken with the use of old baby clothes. Upcycling has become a big thing in recent years, with old unusable items being transformed into trendy toys or even completely new garments.

Spoonful has an amazing set of upcycling projects that you and your children can work on together, turning old shirts to pillowcases, sweatshirts into shrugs, and old uniforms into memory boards. Other ideas on Pinterest include turning old shirts into nappies for baby, using trimmings to create plush animals, and even using old baby socks to lengthen jackets.

upcycling baby clothes

If you find yourself without the time to upcycle old baby clothes, these clothes could instead be used to help mums in need. This year, as part of their Mother’s Day projects, Marks & Spencer has partnered up with Oxfam to launch “Love, Mum”, a campaign that encourages customers to donate old baby clothes to stores across the U.K.

Oxfam takes these clothes and resells them in their stores for cheaper prices, with all proceeds going into their Mother Appeal project, helping mothers around the world overcome poverty.

Actress Joanna Lumley has said that, “we are often guilty of throwing (old clothes) away or holding onto them as they hold emotional memories for us as new mums.” Instead, mums can create new memories by upcycling their old baby clothes, or allow other mums in need to create memories for themselves, by donating the clothes to charity.

Thrifty Thursday

Thrifty ThursdayThrifty Thursday is a weekly linky and a place to share your thrifty posts. It doesn’t matter if they are old or new and can be about anything to do with saving money and being thrifty. Whether it be a post on cutting back on your food shop or your latest thrifty find link it up, I’d love to see it.

I have also started a Thrifty Thursday board on Pinterest and I will be pinning any entries onto it each week so more people get to see your great posts.


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8 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday – Upcycling Baby Clothes”

    1. I have donated all of our old clothes to charity after I had a bad experience selling them on ebay. Made me feel good to give them away for free though 🙂

  1. I give away most of the kids’ clothes, either to charity or friends/family. I have also given away loads of baby equipment and toys as we were always so thrilled when we were given things when we had our first.

    1. I gave most of our baby equipment bits to my sister, I was so pleased that I was able to help her out a bit. It’s so expensive having a new baby 🙂

  2. Hi agree with previous comments. I hate throwing baby clothes away. I’m still working on some arty ways to treasure my favourite baby outfits. The links in this post are very useful. Thx again for another thrifty post Gina!

    1. I’d never throw any clothes away and I can’t believe that there are still people out there that do, it’s madness. Children hardly wear there clothes for long enough before they have grwon out of them. There’s often plently more wear left in them that someone else can enjoy. 🙂

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