Make it green: 5 ways to up-cycle Muslim outfits
By: Sarah Ghanem
Most of us are always on the lookout for ways to up-cycle our old outfits and make new uses of them. That’s for two main reasons, firstly-none of us likes to waste tons of money for shopping every season. Though upcycling doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go out for shopping, it just allows you to spend your money more wisely, in an eco-friendly way and only for things that you really need.
This is where the second reason comes in, which is the fact that we all have some pieces of clothes that we love too much and we just can’t get rid of them. So instead of wearing the same outfits again, give them a totally new look by using some of our tips and tricks!
#5 – Make Yourself a Customized Hijabi T-Shirt
Every girl likes to be unique, so who wouldn’t love customized statement outfits? But you probably have no idea how easy it is to make your own. All you need to do is print a mirror image of any witty or motivational message you want on sticker paper, then just cut the letter out, lay them on your shirt and stick them on. Then you can use the cut outs as a stencil by covering the rest of the shirt and spray painting the words on your shirt.
If you’re good at painting, then an even better option is to simply write the message on your shirt by using fabric paints. This is a great way to repurpose any plain old tees that you have and you’ll really enjoy the time spent on these. Also try giving the old shirts a new look by pairing them with different skirts, trendy cardigans, zippered abayas or anything else you want, depending on the season and your personal style, of course.
#4 – Repurpose Old Hijabs
If you have any hijabs that you feel you’ve outgrown or they’re just too worn out, use them to create some cool hijab accessories. One of the simples DIY projects for such hijabs include making braids or ribbons that can easily add the X-factor to any of your hijabs!
#3 – Make Yourself Some New Hijabs
If you’re good at sewing, then you can easily turn your old abayas and other clothing items into new hijabs. So get your scissors and get all crafty with your sewing machine. Now every time you need a new hijab, you’ll be reaching for your scissors instead of your wallet!
#2 – One Item – Many Looks
Take a good look at all the items in your closet and you’ll find things that you didn’t even know you ever had! Once you start exploring, you’ll discover that you can create a number of different looks by using things you already own. For example, wearing your denim jeans with a military jacket will create a chic and smart look. While wearing it with a slip dress and long coats will create the perfect cover up for cold weathers.
For a glamorous dinner time look, you can dress up the same denims with a fancy tunic, kimono and a silk hijab with matching heels. If you’re looking for some street style vibes then wear your jeans with a hoodie, sneakers and a cotton hijab. As you can see, a number of different, yet modest looks can easily be created with the things you already own.
#1 – Explore Alternatives
These days you can find millions of tutorials online which will help you find alternative uses for your old outfits and create something really fresh and unique. For instance, have you ever imagined making fingerless gloves from your old sweaters? You’ll be surprised by how simple it actually is!
Wearing something you have created and recycled yourself gives you a great sense of achievement, confidence and also the satisfaction that you played your part in saving the Earth. So let’s all promise ourselves that this year we’ll be wasting minimum outfits and recycling as much as possible.
All you need is a little practice and you’ll become a pro at the upcycling game. The best part is that with the money you save with upcycling, you’ll be able to do so much more fun things such as going on a vacation or buying something you’ve always wanted. So Happy Upcycling everyone!