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Welcome to the first Green Scene post! To encourage everyone to be more ‘green,’ we’ll be discussing eco-conscious initiatives and events, recycling ideas that catch our eye, and helpful tips for making your life a little greener! If you’ve got any thoughts on green living or green topics you’d like to discuss, send them my way.
Since spring-cleaning time is just around the corner, our first Green Scene will be about clearing out your closets and dressers – the green way!
Read more about Green Cleaning your closet…
First: Sort your entire wardrobe into three piles – 1) the Has-to-Go pile, 2) the Has-Potential-with-a-Little-TLC pile, and 3) the Has-to-Go-Back-in-My-Closet pile. Don’t be afraid to load up that discard pile, because we’ve got some green ideas to help rid you of your fashion disasters!
Before you go tossing out all those acid-wash jeans, mood rings and MC Hammer pants, remember – bad clothes can happen to good people. Try them on again, model them for the camera, and send the photos along to Shopinyourcloset.blogspot.com. This new fashion blog was created for the eco-conscious fashionistas with a sense of humor. Instead of showing off all of the ‘hot finds’ you can score by going through your old wardrobe, Shopinyourcloset focuses on the duds. Give your fashion disasters one last moment in the limelight!
What to Do With the Rejects:
1. Trying to figure out what to do with all those fashion faux pas, outgrown skirts, never-worn sweaters? Send them along to Susi Lux at Luxoskid.com and have them transformed into adorable kids-wear for your favorite toddler. This is such a sweet way to reinvent those old threads. One of my best friends is having a baby soon, and I’m going to have some of our old college sweatshirts made into cozy onesies!
2. The most obvious way to get rid of all your unwanted clothes is to donate. Salvation Army, Good Will, Red White & Blue, and your local shelter would be more than happy to have your cast-offs. For your dressier ensembles, why not donate to Dress for Success? Make room for the new spring line in your closet by helping give disadvantaged women a professional edge with your gently-worn business attire. For all those used Homecoming and Prom gowns, donate to The Glass Slipper Project . This non-profit helps underprivileged girls get the dress of her dreams for Prom.
3. Have warm coats lying around? Send them off to One Warm Coat, and let them keep another thankful person warm this winter. But what about other discarded winter-wear? Reinvent old fuzzy socks and gloves by turning them into cute little pals with Miyako Kanamori’s Sock and Glove:Creating Charming Softy Friends with Cast-off Socks and Gloves. Mitten Fish and Paw Pandas!
4. Have a Fashion Swap party! Tell your friends to come armed with all of their closet rejects, make a cheese ball, and swap! You can create the swapping rules, since it’s your party, but here’s a guideline to follow.
5. Those ratty old tee shirts. You know you have loads of them in that dresser, and you never wear them anymore. They’re not even fit for the gym! So, why not cut them up with pinking shears for some fun-looking dusting rags? Or, make a rug out of them! Tear or cut the tees into equal-width strips. Tie together in knots for a rough look, or sew the strips end-to-end for a less jagged effect. With the long tee-shirt ‘string’ you’ve created, crochet into a square or circle with the biggest hook you can find. Check out Vintage Chica for the complete directions.
vintagechica.typepad.com and sublimestitching.com
How to Spice up What’s Left on the Hangers:
Now that you’ve reinvented, swapped or donated all of your rejects, focus on improving those pieces you couldn’t part with, but never wear anymore. Give them new life by:
1. Embroidering some fab designs on old jeans, tees and blouses. Try some of Jenny Hart‘s adorable and easy patterns at Sublime Stiching.
2. Jazzing up old tees with iron-on decals like the Razzle Dazzle transfers or these cute iron-ons by Suki!
3. Going punk. Rip up collars, arms, and hems of your old skirts and shirts for that alternative look!
4. Puff painting and bedazzling. The 80’s are back, so embrace it.
5. Cutting, pinning and sewing. Release your inner grandma, and don’t be afraid to experiment. If you don’t know how to sew or wish you were better at it, take a sewing class!
6. Having the courage to dye! That lemon sweater you’ve never worn can become the hot pink pullover of your dreams.
Good luck, and send us photos of your clothing creations. Happy Closet Greening!
I love this.
I really should unleash my inner grandma more. Grandmas are so classy and wonderful.
I definitely need to do some spring cleaning, too…I cannot wait for spring!
Great ideas Molly!! 🙂
I love these! The swap party seems like a nifty idea! I think I’ll do that for the spring 🙂
If you have a party, make sure to send us your photos! We’d love to see them, Madalynn. Thanks!
There are lots of different tips here, not just the typical take-to-the-Salvation Army solution. Cool! Thanks!
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