How to Recycle a Bridesmaid Dress

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

You will need

  • A used bridesmaid dress
  • Ingenuity
  • Imagination

Step 1 Take apart your dress and use the fabric by sewing the material into throw pillows, chair covers, or a runner.

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.

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.