10 Upcycled DIY kids clothes

Oct 18, 2012 15 Comments by

Kids outgrow their clothes faster than you think they would. However that doesnt stop us parents to buy clothes for them, infact I guess my daughters wardrobe is more elaborate than mine . And if you are a little craftsy, isnt it a cool idea to upcycle some of the old shirts and tees to make your kids some wonderful dresses??

So much hype about going green, and this is probably the most neglected, re purposing clothes ! Here are some great tips and tutorials , to help you go green, upcycle clothes!

If you know to sew, this post is going to get you ticking, these are fun to do project with adorable final results

1 Upcycled T-shirt Dress

This is a wonderful Project by Cheri of I am momma hear me roar. A wonderful blog, with so many fun projects.
You would need Tshirts, of assorted colors, fabric paints, markers
Optionally you could also use the fabric paint pens that are very easily available in the market
YOu would reserve one of the old knits for the top and cut out straps from other old knits, and sew them together. To jazz them up, if they are plain boring, use markers, fabric paints, stamps, and fabric pens .And you have an adorable upcycled dress for your girl!
Check out a step by step on her blog


2 Make a Dress for your girl from Dads unused shirt!

This DIY project was just way too cool , to not be shared! Now you have to have some sewing skills to take up this project, but you will be pleased with the results. What a smart way of making your little girl a beautiful dress from a shirt that your spouse didnt bother to wear?

Check out the details and instructions on thegirlinspired.com


3 Ask Kids to paint before you sew them a lovely skirt or smart pants!

Do you have a white sheet of cloth lying around? Dont make a rag out of it. Instead get some markers, and fabric paints, ask the kids to have some fun doodling. Once done, let it dry enough and make skirts for girls or short pants for boys . They would love wearing what they created. Check out the project here!



4 Use Felt appliques to upcycle clothes that appear boring to you!

Buy some vibrant colored felt, use come cute patterns, and add some oomph to those old clothes that have not seen daylight in days! And if you have never made appliques before, this link is sure to help

5 Patchwork Shorts for boys

Have an array of knit scraps lying around? You got to try this out for your boy then. All it needs is scraps of knit fabric(tshirts) , some patience and some love- and you have a pshychedelic pair of shorts for your boy!

Learn more on this awesome mamas journal here

6 No Sew Bandana Dress

And if you are someone like me, who isnt great at sewing, grab yourself 2 vibrant bandanas, and make your little girl a lovely Pillowcase dress. Its easy and Jamie teaches how to on her blog here


7 Make kids skirt from tshirt

And when we saw this, its one of the cutest sewing projects out there. Way too cute !

You would need a knit tshirt, elastic and your trusted sewing machine. Just follow the steps by Tiffany HERE and voila- you have an upcycled skirt from a tshirt!


8 Dress from a shirt -Tutorial 2

And then you realise you have a few more of your partners shirts lying around, unused and you know you have to make more dresses :D . But use a new pattern this time! See what project Dana has shared HERE


 9 Make a tote bag from tshirt

If you are someone like me, who hates using plastic bags for shopping, you got to try this very cool idea of making shopping totes from knit tshirts. Make sure you use a heavy weight knit for this. You do not want a stretched out bag after the first use!

Theres a detailed instruction PDF on instructibles. Find it HERE

10 Kids Sweater dress from Adult Sweater

So winters coming, and you are about to buy a new pair of pullovers? Get good use of your old sweater, make your kiddo a wonderful sweater dress. Add some applique or brooch for the instant oomph! Find out how on makeit-love-it

Get crafty, start a new project today, you might endup with a beautiful dress for your kids out of those that are just piling on.

Did you happen to do a frugal project like these? Write to mommygyan, and we could showcase your work. Our readers would love to know!



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About the author

I am Poonam, a mom to a preschooler , in India.I am a full-time working mom, juggle work outside home,editor for Mommygyan, and take care of Zoey, with a little bit of sanity left. Mommygyan was born, from the combined love of finding exciting new products,parenting tips, product reviews, arts and crafts for kids &babycare. Blogging on infant products is naive in India, and hopefully my posts will help a mother or two You can also connect to her on : Google+

15 Responses to “10 Upcycled DIY kids clothes”

  1. Khushbu says:

    Awesome post…..brilliant

  2. bhumika Deswal says:

    Hey poonam i do the same things for my daughters.and they just love the new product & feel excited to see something turning into a different product all together.I even used my husbands shirts to make stripe and check cushion covers,my daughters wrapping sheets,
    Used my suits and sarees to make lehanga’s for them.
    But just loved the way you have put it……..
    its really wonderful.

    • poonam says:

      thanks BHumika, its so nice to see mamas do these projects for kids. Feel free to share any project you do on Mommygyan, drop me a mail if u feel like!

  3. Jamie @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom says:

    Thank you for mentioning my shorts and bandanna top! I love upcycling outgrown and unused items into something new and pretty! All these ideas are great!
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  4. dNambiar says:

    Great ideas, Poonam.
    Loving your blog. :)
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  5. Shaunn says:

    Hello, I like the way you have organised your information on your website, Do you find the fashion industry changing much. Thanks for the great information and informative posts.

  6. shweta says:

    Awesome blog and grt ideas

  7. Niranjan Patidar says:

    helping saving natural resources…..real designer…..

  8. Sara Molnar Urbano says:

    Mrs. Poonam, thanks for posting! Do you have any suggestions for Up-cycling outgrown toddler shirts? (The one with the stretchy neckline,).

  9. Surbhi says:

    Your post is awesome. Amazing ideas you post here. Nowadays kids fashion changing rapidly, many fashionable cloth stuffs are available in the market. I love upcycling outgrown and unused items into something new and awesome. Keep up your best work.
    kids fashion clothes online

  10. Nicola Thomas says:

    Brilliant post and some excellent suggestions….

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