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Upcycle Old Clothes to Save on Energy

craftsmen-158689_640I just spent some time today upcycling old clothes to fill in drafty gaps along my front door. This may be a page from the ultimate cheapskate, but I’m not a big fan of being cold and wasting energy. I seriously was tacking wool strips to my door frame. It actually doesn’t look as bad as it sounds because a.) no one looks at your door frame and b.) you can only see it when the door is open.

Of course I also used my favorite tool, hot glue. Even though we have a door snake (reused an old pair of pants) there was a lot of air coming from under the door. I figured that there would be too much wear and tear if I added a strip of fabric to the door threshold, so I instead hot glued fabric to the bottom of the door. Totally out of sight. The hot glue works well with absorbent materials such as knits and fleece.

Best Clothing to Repurpose for Weatherizing

1. Sweatpants

2. Corduroys

3. Wool socks or sweaters (especially if you accidentally shrunk them)

4. Anything fleece

Here is a video I did for

How to Go Green with Your Clothing

How to Go Green With Clothes —powered by

Have you use old clothes to save on energy in your home?

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to Upcycle Old Clothes to Save on Energy

  1. Marilee McCarthy November 25, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Love this idea. I have so many clothes and I don’t believe in throwing them away. I’m always looking for a good use for them. :)

    • Eve November 26, 2013 at 9:10 am #

      I feel the same way, Marilee! I’m always trying to repurpose them in some way if they can’t be passed on to someone else.

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