Have you got a pile of old maternity clothes and you’re not quite sure what to do with them? Here are some ideas that will ensure your garments are not just tossed out and forgotten about. After all, you’ve no doubt spent a lot of money on them and I’m sure there’s at least one outfit that will bring back some lovely memories.
Unless you plan on expanding your family in the near future, you’re wise to put your no-longer-needed maternity clothes to good use. There are bound to be a few favourites so consider up cycling or repurposing them.
If you are good with a needle and thread, consider altering them to suit your post-pregnancy shape. Even without that skill up your sleeve, belts or wait ties do well to draw in the waist and create a brand new look.
Those of you who are into scrapbooking know all too well how expensive it can be to source fabulous materials and bits and pieces to create masterpieces. Throwing away maternity clothes that are no longer required is a waste of money. Grab elements of your clothing – fabric, buttons even patches and make something memorable.
Wrap scrap is woven fabric, typically old or unused baby wraps, which is repurposed into new items. Of course it’s not limited to baby wraps. If you’ve got a gorgeous maternity dress, top or skirt that you want to reuse, the fabric can become wrap scrap and it can be made into any number of keepsake items. It’s a wonderful way to keep the memory of your pregnancy alive.
When it comes to winter, wearing layers is a great way to keep warm and create a new look. Maternity clothes are perfect for this. Mix and match with your regular clothing.
Sell maternity clothes online
An obvious option is eBay! An easy way to do it would be to sell a “lot” of items and group together clothes in similar sizes or styles for expecting moms to bid on. For instance, if you have a few pairs of gently worn maternity jeans you can sell a lot of pants for one price. Rather then selling each and every item individually which can be time consuming to write descriptions and take pics.
Hand them on/donate unwanted clothes
You can also find local relevant charities who might need them or donate them to thrift shops. You may even be able to pass them onto friends, mothers at play groups or family members who are expecting.
Save and store
But then again….you just never know what tomorrow will bring so it might just be a good idea to save your maternity clothes and store them. Just in case.
Only keep the clothes you know you will definitely wear again if the time arises and once you are ready, make sure you have quality storage bins so critters and dust cannot get to them. Mark the boxes clearly so they are easy to locate when you need them again.