We understand that swimwear might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about a repurposing project. But there are a handful of ways to upcycle your old bikinis or swimsuits to get your creative juices flowing, all whilst saving your old swimwear from landfill. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Re-imagine your swimwear
If only part of your swimwear is worn out such as the elastic from the bottom half of your swimsuit, you can still repurpose this to a fabulous bikini top. Now, you will probably need a sewing machine handy as you’ll need to cut off the offending piece, hem the top half with an elastic band and voila, you’ve created a brand-new bikini top! Another firm favourite is to create a waterproof swim bag by cutting off the bottom of your bathing suit (right above the leg holes) and then sewing the opening.
Make some new accessories
If you're rather crafty, you can take older swimwear pieces and redesign it into a whole new outfit or something new entirely. If you’re old swimwear is made with elastic, you can fashion your old scraps into stylish headbands or hair ties. This can be done with or without a sewing machine, all you need to do is cut your old swimwear into strips and sew the ends together. Either leave the headband plain or style it up with additional accessories.
Have a load of jam or mason jars around the home, why not cut your old swimwear into thin strips and create colourful ties around. Or tie them around garden pots, anything to add a pop of colour to. As swimwear fabric often dries quickly, you won’t have to worry about the spring showers making a mouldy mess of your recycled fabric ties. These strips of old swimwear fabric also make great gift-wrapping ribbons. Adorn your gifts for your loved ones with colourful strips of fabric.
Get creative with your little one
If you like to have creative time with your little one, then you are probably already well versed in DIY. Save your old swimwear for your next creative session to turn the scraps into clothing or accessories for your little one's dolls. You can come up with tons of designs, such as a mermaid tail or a mini bathing suit.