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Giving New Life to Your Old Staples
When you think of spring-cleaning clothes, bathing suits may not be
When the elastic is only worn from one section of your one-piece swimsuit, such as the bottom half, you can still refashion it into a swimsuit top. Simply cut off the offending piece, hem the top half with an elastic band, and voila! You’ll have a versatile swim top to wear with swim skirts, board shorts, or bikini bottoms. You can also create a waterproof swim bag by cutting off the bottom of your bathing suit (right above the leg holes) and then sewing the opening.
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By cutting your bathing suits up in squares, you can make a quilt by sewing sturdy backing onto them and using them as patches. If you aren’t a great stitcher, you can learn how to make an eclectic no-sew scarf from the material. You can also cut up your swimsuits into small pieces to be used as stuffing for craft projects like pillows, stuffed animals, and stress balls, or cut your old suit into strips and sew on some elastic to make headbands. Finally, try tying strips of bathing suit material together to use as a jump rope for your children.
When you’re feeling really creative, go all out with your unwanted swimsuits and use the fabric for home projects you would use any other material for. Lampshades, seat covers, and photo album covers are just a few examples of fun projects that can upcycle bathing suits. If you’re not the creative type, you can always hand down your bathing suits to family or friends, or donate them to crafting classes or sewing clubs where they can cut up the pieces for art projects.
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