Here’s how you can upcycle your kid’s clothes

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Have you heard the word “upcycle” before?

Upcycle means to reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

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It’s so easy to upcycle your clothes plus you are doing your bit for the environment and saving money!

Today’s felt patch DIY is an extremely simple way to add a personalised touch to your child’s clothes. It’s great for covering small rips or for making an outfit fit a theme.

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I went for a heart felt patch on the sleeve of an inexpensive long sleeve top because my son has a thing for heart shapes, but you can just as easily cut out stars, lightening bolts or superhero symbols. (Batman symbol elbow patches seem like a super cute idea)

What you need to adhere your felt patch.

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  • The item of clothing you would like to “upgrade”
  • Felt in the colour of your choice
  • Fabric glue
  • Needle and thread (I like the idea of keeping the thread the colour of the clothing item, because it gives a patchwork feel I think is rather cute)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: a template to trace your felt patch from (I went freehand because hearts are super simple to do)

What you do.

  • Cut out the patches in the shape and size you want. If this is to cover a rip in top or pants I suggest measuring, so you are certain of coverage.
  • Use fabric glue according to the brands instructions. You could get away with just sewing it on, but I find using glue gives you a more durable patch.
  • Pin the patches in place and wait to dry.
  • Now use a very basic stitch around the inside of the felt patch, you could use a blanket stitch which is the more common way to sew felt, but I like the look of a simple stitch like in the picture.
  • There you go, an added little something to your child’s wardrobe.
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Happy Crafting! 😊

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Eleanor Douglas-Meyers
Eleanor Douglas-Meyers

A crazy-haired craft-obsessed mom from the Eastern Cape, who believes in the power of laughter, kindness and flavoured coffee. I come from a DIY focused family, both of my parents are “makers” and I grew up believing that with some thought and elbow grease I could create anything I wanted. From clothes to furniture and my ultimate favourite, gifts. My straight-laced former soldier husband is still working on ignoring the mess my son and I inevitably create but it’s all in good fun and helps me live a “champagne lifestyle on a beer budget”.

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