6 ways to recycle your old textiles at home

6 ways to recycle your old textiles at home

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Nothing is lost, everything is recovered… even your old t-shirts, your used curtains and your old fabric scraps. Rather than order them to rot at the bottom of the closet, we deliver 6 ideas to recycle your old textiles in the House. If you do not have the soul of a designer, you can always entrust them to a retoucher. To your closets!

Make a cushion cover from recycled fabrics

We all have old fabrics that nibble on space in the back of closets (when they are not nibbled by moths) ... Among these are sometimes hidden treasures brought up to date by the vintage trend: a cover duvet with wild prints, sheets with herringbone patterns and even an old graphic dress ... never worn! So many textiles, patterns, materials, colors and prints waiting to be reborn in the decor. Spring is the season indicated for a special recycling operation for your old textiles. So we change the decor like the season by cutting and sewing old fabrics to make pretty cushion covers.

Cushions in recycled textiles? Nothing like sleeping with a clear conscience!

Make a tawashi from old textiles

No, this is not yet another Pokémon (or yet another name for sushi) but the new star of the blogosphere ... and eco-friendly sinks. Tawashi is a 100% recycled and zero waste sponge from the Rising Sun Empire. Made with a hook or on a small loom, this Japanese washable square allows you to "throw in the towel" - or at least the yellow and green sponge - by recycling your old textiles. Used t-shirts, tapered tights, orphan socks or perforated leggings allow you to make a homemade tawashi. And to make the weaving loom that goes with us, we invite you to follow the tutorial of our journalists step by step… With your scissors!

A sponge made of recycled textiles, thank you Japanese for this brilliant idea!

Make furoshiki with old textiles

Do we linger for a moment in Japanese territory to make furoshiki… Furoshi-what? For those who don't know (yet!), Furoshiki is the traditional art of Japanese-style fabric packaging. Carefully folded and tied, the furoshiki allows you to wrap your gifts and transport your bento to work without corrupting your ecological conscience. Old ethnic sheets, shirts with Hawaiian patterns and reclining scarves in the bottom of the drawer create the surprise of an eco-friendly packaging 100% recuperated with (sometimes) a simple hem and an impeccable mastery of the technique of knotting furoshiki way. Certainly Japan has everything good in the recycling of used textiles!

Gift packs made with love ... and old fabrics!

Create a garland of recycled fabric pennants

Hanging in the child's room, in the hallway or in the ephemeral decoration of a party, the garland of triangular pennants brings a nice poetic, bohemian and festive note in your interior. The right idea? Mix and harmonize colors, tones and patterns to create a garland of pennants at the heart of the trend. A tablecloth with dots, an old shirt with mosaic prints, a vintage cushion cover that sleeps in Aunt Odile's attic… After hunting old fabrics at home, all you have to do is create your patterns, cut out your triangles, sew by hand, pin and compose… And here is a pretty garland of pennants made from old recycled fabrics which is there to remind you that, yes, decoration is a celebration!

Old hanging fabrics? No, a beautiful garland of pennants for a festive atmosphere!

Make bulk bags from recycled fabrics

You can also recycle your old fabrics to make your daily life easier. Reusable plastic supermarket bags may be practical, but they are not always fantastic from an environmental point of view. The good idea to always recycle more, always better? Make bulk bags from old recycled textiles. A nice way to make new with old, provided however to opt for materials compatible with food contact like cotton or linen. Much stronger than paper bags and less bulky than a glass jar, the homemade bulk bag is washable and reusable ... for life (or almost!). Depending on your fabrics to recycle and your shopping habits, you can even make a kit of bulk bags of several sizes.

With your old jeans, you can also make pretty bags for your little errands!

Make household rags

A sheet that has had its day, old scraps of old-fashioned fabrics or old ugly curtains can finally be recycled as household accessories ... With or without finishing the borders, your old fabrics will always be very useful for dusting or waxing the furniture.

Your old sheets and t-shirts will continue to be used ... to clean the dishes!


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