Winter is the perfect time to purge your closet to refashion and upcycle some clothes. Before heading out to the donation center with a box of clothes, have a look through these upcycled clothing ideas. You can upgrade your already owned cozy threads with one (or more) of these refashion projects.
Upcycled Clothing Winter Refashion Projects
Upcycled clothing and upcycled accessories.
Kitty Hat Upcycle
Refashion a knit hat into a cute hat with kitty ears. This refashion project only takes a little scrap fabric (maybe from another item of clothes) and a needle and thread.
Sweater to Hat Upcycle
Upcycled clothing can be turned into new and fun winter accessories. Add a little extra pizazz by making a pom-pom to match and dying in the color of your choice.
Winter Gloves Upcycle
Give new life to a plain pair of winter gloves by stitching on beads to the backside. Go crazy with color and pattern or simple and elegant with pearl beads like these.
DIY Sweater Boot Socks: Sweater Refashion Project
Upcycled clothing can mean making clothes into winter accessories. Remove the arms from a sweater to create cute boot socks to peek out of the top of your tall boots.
Upcycled Clothing: T-Shirt to Fringe Scarf
Got any ripped, stained, or outgrown t-shirts? Grab a pair of scissors and start cutting. You’ll only need the bottom portion of the t-shirt to create this lightweight fringe scarf perfect for all day wear.
DIY Sweater Socks: Sweater Refashion Project
Keep your toes warm this winter with a pair of diy sweater socks. This is another great upcycled clothing project where you turn the sleeves from a sweater into sweater socks. All you’ll need is a sweater (just the sleeves really), a couple strips of elastic, and some basic sewing supplies.
DIY Cozy Slippers
While this one isn’t exactly a refashion project, I can think of a few fuzzy shirts (or a blanket) that could be turned into these cozy house slippers.
Upcycled Mittens Refashion
Upcycle a pair of mittens to a statement accessory with scraps of fabric, lace, and decorative ribbon. Add metal studs to bring it all together.
Upcycled Clothing: Easy Sweater Refashion Project
Do your winter sweaters need a little more excitement? I know I have a couple sweaters that I can’t part with because they’re cozy and warm but they’re just boring. That’s exactly what was done in this sweater refashion project. I especially love the new wide neckline.
Grommeted Sweatshirt Refashion
Take a plain crewneck sweatshirt and add a little edge with metal grommets. You can find grommets in a variety of colors and sizes to customize your look.
No-Sew Upcycled Clothing
Glue felt lip shapes onto a sweater for a fun new top in this no-sew refashion project. I’ve already dug through my closet and am brainstorming other shapes to create a similar sweater for myself.
My upcycled clothing ideas often include adding studs to preloved clothes. Add some lace alongside those studs for the perfect combination of romantic and edgy.
Hoodie + Jacket Refashion
You could wear a vest over a zip-up hoodie OR your could combine parts from each of the shirts to create a new jacket. This upcycled clothing project would be perfect for any season.
Men’s Hoodie Refashion
Apparently it’s not just me who raids their husband’s closet for upcycled clothing projects. Oversized men’s shirts are great for refashioning because you have extra fabric to adjust for the right fit.
DIY Lace Up Shirt Refashion
Lace-up tops are very popular this season and so easy to make yourself. Get a simple grommet kit, cord or ribbon, and a shirt to get started.
Upcycled Clothing: Hoodie Refashions
More hoodie refashion ideas to upcycle your winter gear. Learn how to turn one hoodie into three different cold weather accessories.
Men’s Flannel Shirt to Vest Refashion
This upcycled clothing men’s flannel shirt refashion is still one of my most popular refashion projects. Turn an oversized men’s flannel shirt into a vest perfect for laying. Bonus points if you can make it reversible!
DIY Pom Pom Sweater Anthro Hack Refashion
Do you ever see a clothing item that’s pricey and think “I can make that!”. Well you can! Make an Anthropolie look-alike sweater by adding pom-poms.
Ripped Jeans Refashion
Keep your legs warm this winter by covering up those ripped jeans holes with fun patterned fabric scraps. I love that you can keep the distressed jeans look with a peek of something different. Also, I’m all about the leopard print.