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.


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.


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.

  • 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.

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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