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How to Recycle a Bridesmaid Dress

Find new uses for that old bridesmaid dress hanging in your closet.


  • Step 1: Take apart your dress and use the fabric by sewing the material into throw pillows, chair covers, or a runner.
  • TIP: Simple pillow patterns are available online.
  • Step 2: Sell the dress at a consignment shop, online, or at a garage sale.
  • Step 3: Donate your dress to a high school’s prom dress charity. Other charities and local thrift shops also accept special occasion dresses.
  • TIP: Check online to find local dress donation drives.
  • Step 4: Shorten it to a cocktail dress or alter it into a blouse or simple skirt. If these projects are beyond your skill, hire a seamstress to do the alterations.
  • Step 5: Lend the dress to a younger sibling or relative for a school dance.
  • Step 6: Wear an old bridesmaid dress as part of a Halloween costume. Be a proper Southern belle or rip the dress and go as a prom queen zombie.
  • FACT: Did you know? Historically, bridesmaids protected the bride against evil spirits by wearing similar clothing to confuse them.

You Will Need

  • A used bridesmaid dress
  • Ingenuity
  • Imagination

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