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5 Uses For Old T-Shirts

Got a couple of shirts that you no longer use but want to keep? Get creative and turn them into something else or donate them if they have no value to you. Here are 5 things you can do with your old t-shirts.

5 Uses For Old T-Shirts

  • Tote Bags
  • Quilts
  • Pillows
  • Reinvented clothes
  • Donations

Tote Bags

Create a no-sew tote bag by cutting off the sleeves to turn into handles, cutting around the neckline to create depth and tying the bottom of the shirt. Make sure the shirt is inside out before tying the bottom so you can turn it right side out. If you prefer to sew, see this tutorial on Wikihow.

Quilts

Preserve the memories of your t-shirts and create a quilt out of them. You can choose to have them professionally done or learn how to create one yourself. Check out this wikihow tutorial on how to make a quilt from tee shirts.

Pillows

Turn your old shirts into pillow covers or actual pillows. For pillow covers, cut and sew the shirt and finish it with a zip or Velcro seal. For pillows itself, include stuffing. See Wikihow’s tutorial for how to make pillows out of old clothes

Reinvented Clothes

If you enjoy sewing or DIY, recycle old t-shirts and make a new piece of clothing out of them. Cut off the sleeves, give it a different neckline or give it a whole new design. If you have little children, you can use old t-shirts to create clothing pieces such as pants or dresses.

Donations

Don’t want to keep the t-shirts at all? or just not crafty enough to make something out of them? Give them up for donation to your local charity or pass down to friends or other members of the family.


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How To Care For Wool Clothing

If you want your wool clothing to last longer, you need to know how to properly care for them. 

How To Care For Wool Clothing

Washing Wool

Since wool naturally keeps itself clean by expelling odours through controlling moisture and is stain and wrinkle resistant, you shouldn’t have to wash your wool clothing often. You can air out your wool clothing by laying it on a flat clean surface for an hour to remove any odours. However, if you do need to wash them, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Hand-Washing
  • Wash in cold water with a drop of wool liquid.
Machine Washing
  • Use a wool cycle or gentle cycle with on a cool temperature.
  • Use a detergent designed for wool clothing.
  • Avoid dry cleaning!

You can also get your wool garments professionally cleaned by Laundryheap. Simply schedule a collection via the website or mobile app.

Drying Wool

Air drying is the best drying method for wool as machine drying is too harsh for the delicate fabric fibres and will shrink them. Lay the garment on a towel to dry flat, allowing it to dry in its original shape.

Storing Wool

Always keep your wool clothing neatly folded when storing them away. Knitted Wool garments can be hung, but only on thick padded coat hangers as thin hangers can distort its shape.

For storing away your wool clothes during the summer when they are not in use, you want to protect them from moths. Keep your wool clothing in cotton bags or protect them with cedar wood balls.


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How To Colour Coordinate Your Clothes

Do you always wear the same colours and want to spice up your style but struggle to colour coordinate? Fortunately, I’ve put together a simple guide that can make colour coordinating your clothes easy. For the most part, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of the primary, secondary and tertiary colours on the colour wheel.

How To Colour Coordinate Your Clothes

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  • Complementary Colours

Colours that are directly opposite the traditional colour wheel are complementary colours, like red and green, or orange-yellow and green-blue. Bold as you think they may be, when put together, these colours compliment each other well. Follow this colour coordination for a bold style.

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  • Split Complementary Colours

This colour coordination look is all about choosing one colour, plus two bordering colours opposite the colour you have chosen. For example, choosing yellow and pairing it with blue-purple and purple-red. You can choose softer or more vibrant contrasts of the colours, like a darker yellow instead of a vibrant one.

 

  • Analogous Colours

Analogue colours are colours that are sitting next to each other on the colour wheel. Choose 2-3 colours on the colour wheel that are right next to each other like red, red-orange and orange, and focus on those colours to create your outfit. 

  • Triadic

This colour combination consists of three colours that are evenly divided in the colour wheel. For example, pairing purple, green and orange together. You can choose to style these colours in muted shades if you don’t want a bold coloured look.

  • Monochromatic

Choose one colour and stick with that colour and it’s different gradients only. If, for example, you’ve chosen the colour blue, you can pair blue tones such as denim, teal or stone together.

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  • Neutral Colours

Neutral coloured clothing combinations are one of the most popular style choices that people go for as they work together to create a chic and classy look. Colours such as white, black, ivory, beige, nude, grey, navy, cream etc. fall into this category.

 

  • Match with skin tone

In case you weren’t aware, the colour wheel has two categories: warm (earthy shades) and cool tones. Choosing colours that suit your skin tone will enhance your features as well as complexion, and will look pleasing to the eye. 

For blue/cool undertones, go for the colder side of the palette, which includes colours such shades of blue, green, burgundy and purple. For yellow/warm undertones, go for warmer colours such as red, coral, amber, or brown.

 

Keep your style fresh, season after season, by making sure your clothes are well looked after. If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service Laundryheap will collect, clean and have your clothes returned to you in less than 24 hours.


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How To Identify Good Quality Clothing

Not all expensive clothing are of the best quality and not all affordable clothing are bad quality either. When going to shop for good quality clothing, there are several ways to check and test whether it is of good quality or not.

How To Identify Good Quality Clothing

  • The type of fabric

Anything made out of natural fibres will always be better than synthetics like polyester, acrylic, spandex or any other man-made fibres. This is because natural fibres are breathable and last longer no matter how many washes you put it through. With synthetics however, these type of fabrics will begin to wear out over time when constantly exposed to the agitation of laundering and tumble-drying. You also have to keep in mind that garments can be made out of cheap, low-quality fibres that are natural which result into poorly made clothes. So, when looking for good quality clothing, it’s useful to check the label first to see what type of fabric it is made from.

  • How the fabric feels

One easy way to judge the quality of clothes is by the way it feels when you touch it. Is the fabric soft and smooth? Or rough and brittle? The more fabric fibre there is, the more likely it will last longer. That’s not to say that the garment needs to be heavy to be good but if the woven fabric is tightly packed and is light weight, then this is likely to last long too. When choosing good quality fabric, it should feel nice against the skin and you’ll notice that it remains soft even after it’s washed.

  • Transparency

Fabrics that have a higher thread count are ones worth investing in. The thicker the fabric is, the better the quality will be. Clothing that is see-through or transparent when you hold it up against the light are of low-quality material. You can even test the clothing transparency by putting your hand inside the garment and checking to see if you can see the colour of your hand. If you can, just put the garment back and continue searching.

  • Stitching

When considering quality, it’s important to check the stitching of the garment. You’ll know it’s good quality when the stitches are even, closely spaced and holding the garment together well.  Check it’s sturdiness by pulling on either side of the seam- check this on the inside of the garment too. Make sure there are no gaps when doing this and that the stitching is flat on both sides. If the garment has buttons, make sure they’re also sturdy and properly sewed on by gently tugging on them.

  • It comes with spares

Clothing that comes with a spare button or spare thread is a clear indication that the fabric is of good quality and it will probably only need minor repairs. Designers wouldn’t consider adding these spares otherwise. If it was low-quality, they’ll let you invest in the spare pieces instead when it needs repairing and you most likely won’t even find the button/s you’ll need. 

If you require a professional dry-cleaning and laundry service to take extra care of your clothes, book a free collection with laundryheap