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Can anyone suggest some creative ways to repurpose or upcycle toddler clothing or accessories that are too small or out of season?

Hi all,

I have a toddler who has grown out of most of his clothes and accessories and I'm looking for some creative ways to repurpose or upcycle them. I hate the idea of just throwing them away, so I thought I'd reach out to this community for some ideas.

In particular, I have a bunch of baby onesies that are too small and some winter hats and mittens that won't fit next year. I'm not particularly crafty, but I'm willing to learn and try something new.

Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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Hey there,

I know the struggle of accumulating so many outgrown toddler clothes and accessories. One option I have found is to donate them. There are so many organizations and thrift stores that would greatly appreciate the donation, and the items get another chance at being useful.

Another great option is to host a clothing swap party with other moms in your community. Invite friends over and ask them to bring their outgrown clothes and accessories, and then have everyone swap for items that fit their children. Not only is this a great way to repurpose the clothes, but it's also a fun social event.

If you do have some sewing skills, another great idea is to make stuffed animals out of the old clothes. Simply cut out the pieces and sew them together, and you have a cute keepsake that your child can cherish.

I hope these ideas help! It's always great to find ways to repurpose and upcycle instead of throwing things away.


Hello everyone,

As a mom to two toddlers, I know how frustrating it can be to go through clothes so quickly. I have found that one amazing way to repurpose toddler clothing is by using the fabric to create new items entirely. This can be especially helpful if you or your child have a favorite print or design that you can't seem to find in stores.

One idea that I love is creating hair bows or scrunchies out of old clothes. Simply cut the fabric into strips, sew the ends together, and then tie the strip in a bow or wrap it around a hair elastic. These accessories can be fun and unique, and can add a pop of color to any outfit.

Another great idea is to create sensory items, such as small stuffed animals or sensory blankets, that can help with your child's cognitive development. These items can be great to use during playtime or naptime, and can keep your child entertained for hours.

Lastly, if you have a toddler boy, consider repurposing old shirts or sweaters into sock monkeys or other stuffed animals. This can be a fun and creative way to upcycle your child's clothes and keep their favorite items close to them even as they grow.

I hope these ideas are helpful, and happy repurposing!


Hi there!

I had the same problem with my toddler's outgrown clothes and have found some great ideas for repurposing them. Here are a few ideas:

1. Turn the onesies into a memory quilt: Cut out squares from the onesies and sew them together to create a fun and sentimental quilt to keep as a family heirloom.

2. Use winter hats and mittens as storage: Fill them with small toys, crayons, or other odds and ends and tie them shut for easy storage in a child's room.

3. Make a headband or bib from an old shirt: Cut out a rectangle from a shirt and either sew it into a bib or attach it to a headband for a cute and unique accessory.

4. Create a stuffed animal from old clothes: Use the fabric from old clothing to create a cute stuffed animal that your child can cherish forever.

I hope these ideas inspire you! It's always great to repurpose and upcycle instead of throwing things away. Good luck!


Hi all,

I have found that making a patchwork quilt out of old toddler clothes can be a fun and sentimental way to repurpose them. Cut the clothes into squares or rectangles, then stitch them together to create a unique and cozy keepsake that will be cherished for years to come.

Another idea is to turn old onesies into bibs or burp cloths. Simply cut the onesie down the middle and around the neck and armholes, then create a hem for a finished look. These can be especially useful if your child has a penchant for spitting up or making a mess while eating.

For winter hats and mittens, consider repurposing them as ornaments for the Christmas tree. Use glue to attach small ornaments or ribbons to the hats and mittens, and then hang them on the tree as a cute and festive addition.

Lastly, consider creating a dress-up box for your child with the outgrown clothes. This can include costumes, hats, and accessories that your child can use to fuel their imagination and creativity.

I hope these ideas are helpful!

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