Skip to main content

Hand me down clothing made acceptable

Filed Under: kids, money, Crafts, staying green

pretty buttons on a girls dress
Hand me down clothing was a part of my family growing up. I didn't really have to wear my sisters clothes, simply because I am kid number 8 and they are kids number 3 and 4. I still had to wear hand me downs though because our friendly neighbors were always giving away their girl clothes and I just happened to be a lucky recipient.

I wasn't really given a choice on the matter of whether or not I wanted to wear these clothes, simply because new clothing purchases in our household rarely ever happened. You can help your child realize that wearing their big brother or sisters clothes can be cool and unique, and the finished product will look totally different than what their sibling had. Please join me after the break for some neat ideas.

  1. Shoes: Cover up scratches, smudges, and stains on tennis shoes with glitter fabric paint. Paint the new owners name on them, or hearts, swirls, stripes or stars; whatever their little heart desires. String pretty charms or beads on the shoe laces for a cool effect.
  2. Jeans: Turn those old jeans into shorts. Sew some cool fabric patches on the knees or back pockets. Dye them a different color, or bleach them.
  3. Coats: Iron on patches of their favorite cartoon character or animal. Add beads to the hood strings. Trim the cuffs with faux fur. Dress up a zipper by adding small beads or a tassel with a paper clip.
  4. Shirts: If there is a shirt your child doesn't like at all, have them help you tie dye it. Give the cuffs and the bottom of the shirt new life by trimming with colorful fringe. Sew on new colorful buttons of any design your child chooses.
With these ideas, maybe the hand me down issues won't be a problem. Get your child involved in the decision of how their clothing should look. Make the projects fun. Wearing clothing previously owned by someone else doesn't have to be a bad thing, and can save tons of money. It can actually be quite fun to come up with cool ideas and your child will be unique. After all, no one else will be wearing that shirt and those destroyed jeans!

Add Your Comments

  • New Users
  • Returning

If you are posting a comment for the first time, please enter your name and email address in the fields above. Your name will be displayed with your comment. Your email address will never be displayed.

Add Your Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.

To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.


Follow Us

  • No features currently available.

  • More Hot Topics The Daily Fix  •  DIY Warrior  •  Home Ec  •  Handmade
    DIY Disaster Doctor  •  In the Workshop  •  Product Picks

    Home Improvement Videos