If you have an old bathing suit that you want to get rid of in order to make room for new clothes or a new suit, there are many ways that you can recycle or upcycle it. There is no need to throw out a perfectly good bathing suit and pollute the environment. If you want to make a difference in the world we live in, here are some of the best ways to recycle and upcycle your suit.
1) Give It Away
Most people do not wait until their swim suit has holes in it to get rid of it. In fact, many of us throw it away at the end of each season. This is a waste of money, especially if someone else could use it. There are many rules about donating a swim suit to a charity, and most will not let you. Instead, try giving it away to someone you know or give it to a sewing club who could use the scraps for new projects.
2) Make A Waterproof Bag
One of the best ways to upcycle and old bathing suit is to make it into a water resilient bag. While the bag will not be fully waterproof, it will be water resilient and will make for easy cleaning if you take it to the beach or a pool. To make this type of bag, you need to cut your bathing suit into small squares. You can sew the squares together into a nice bag for next season. One bathing suit will likely not be enough, so you may need to use the other bathing suits from your family to make a bag that you can truly be proud of.
3) Use It For Filling
DIY projects are becoming more and more popular today than ever before. As more and more people are taking on new and creative ideas, there is always a need for stuffing and scraps. You can cut up your old suit and use it to fill a pillow or other DIY craft project.
4) Make a Jump Rope
One of the most creative ways to upcycle an old swim suit is to make a jump rope. Bathing suits are made of polyester, which is a stretchable and elastic material. This is ideal for a homemade jump rope. To make this, you can cut all your old suits into small strips that are about one inch in width. Simply sew all of the strips together to make a one of a kind jump rope. You may need to sew about two layers into the jump rope to make it heavy enough to jump rope with. This is a great project to get your kids involved with because they will be able to say that they helped make their own jump rope. All other kids in the neighborhood will be excited to see it and begging their parents to help them make one too. This can be a revolutionary change to how we deal with old swimwear.