What To Do With Clothes Your Child Has Grown Out Of
It seems that as soon as you buy a new pair of shorts or shoes for your infant or child, they seem primed for a bigger size. Babies especially grow out of clothes rapidly, leaving some parents wondering, “Well, what do I do with all this old clothes?” Some take a traditional approach and donate it to friends or family members. Others parents hold on to it as personal keepsakes or for when they have another baby.
Instead of just throwing out old, no longer usable clothes, you can make it into a small craft project. If you earned a business degree online, you find ways to make a small profit off of your child’s old clothes.
The fabric on old clothes makes for perfect craft projects for you and your kids. Simply take the old baby clothes, t-shirts and sweaters and make a quilt out of them. Piece together all the old fabric from each of your kids to display the unity and bond they all shared.
If quilting is not your thing, you can ditch the needle and thread and make holiday-themed crafts out of old clothes. For example, you can make Valentine’s Day cards out of old fabric using glue, paint pencils and stencils, or you can try your hand at making fabric turkeys or Santa Clauses for your family. The ideas seem endless, but each craft adds an original look to old projects you may have completed in the past.
Donate, Donate, Donate
Perhaps arts and crafts do not strike your interest, so why not donate all your children’s old clothes to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. With over 2,300 drop-off centers across the U.S., the Salvation Army makes it easy for you to donate your kid’s old clothes, and with tax-deductable donations, it makes for a great break on your taxes when giving away huge bundles of clothing.
Donating will also help clothe underprivileged children who have few clothes to spare. Your son’s old t-shirt may become a new child’s favorite one. The worn out shorts can clothe a child on a blistering hot day. From the Salvation Army to other donation centers, you can always give away old clothes to help children in third-world countries or brothers and sisters with growing kids.
Turn it Into a Profit
Your design degree may have prepared you to see art in the most unorthodox locations. Why not take your old children’s clothes and turn them into fun, customizable art projects that can help raise a few extra bucks. The old, plain t-shirt can be used to draw custom designs of favorite caricatures for other kids. You can airbrush new logos. You can add custom lettering. You can even tack on a newly minted photo or logos onto the front or side of the old jeans, shorts and t-shirts.
Let your artistic nature guide you, and once you have an assortment of different products, start hitting the pavement to see who might like your product. Visit former schools to sell to parents. Go online to auction off cloth. Take a stroll to the park and see who’s willing to pay a few dollars for a custom made t-shirt or jeans.
Donations, profits and craft ideas make for the perfect methods of reusing or giving away old clothes your kids don’t use. Don’t just throw away old fabric, see what methods can suit your creative or helpful spirit.