We all know to dress warmly before heading out to play in the snow (or go to work, as it might be). Whether we like it or not, layers are our friend during the cold winter months. But there’s so much more that you can do with your cold-weather clothing to stay warm and look amazing. Here are 15 winter clothing hacks you need to try this season. Trust us, you’ll be amazed at what you can do with your old sweater!
Cold Weather Clothing Tricks
When the weather outside is frightful, keep the kids busy and playing inside with these fun indoor activities for kids.
1. DIY Wool Insoles
Keep your tootsies warm with some wool insoles. The best part? They’re super easy to make!
Replace your thin ordinary insoles with your homemade thicker ones. You do not need to spend money spent at the store because all the material needed could be in your house already. You will need felt and a pair of scissors and you’ll be rocking warm feet all winter.
Cut the felt out in the shape of your soles and place them in your house shoes, or your winter boots. This is also great if your insoles are starting to thin out and creating more friction on your feet.
2. Peel the lint off your warm sweaters
Our sweatshirts and hoodies are always pilling and covered in lint. Remove it in a pinch with a cheap razor. It really works!
Make sure to go slow with your razor so you don’t risk making a cut in your clothing. I recommend a new disposable razor so you can get the most out of this activity.
Your sweaters will feel brand new and I bet you will be impressed with this new clothing hack.
3. Easy DIY Fleece Scarf
You can buy a scarf, but what’s the best way to stay active while stuck indoors in those colder months? That’s right! Some stitching activity will result in a new scarf for everyone.
Your kids will love this and the materials required are silly cheap. Have fun with the colors and prints too.
If you loved this winter activity for your child, check out this list of winter activities to keep your toddlers busy.
4. The warmest way to wear your scarf
While there are lots of ways to wear a scarf, here’s the warmest way. If you have a long scarf, this pretzel knot style will be ideal. It’s not only great for long scarves but for your woolen thinner scarves or those with thin fabric. The layering makes the scarf bulky and your chest and neck are covered.
It looks pretty chic and it will look so good against a plain colored top.
5. How to fix a separated zipper
Is there anything more frustrating than a separated zipper on your winter coat? Learn how to fix it here with only liquid dish soap.
It will save you so much time and you will be happily recommending this to your friends. Can you count the number of jackets you’ve had to put away because of a separated zipper? No worries because that’s a thing of the past now.
Liquid dish soap is so versatile and we love this new use for it.
Clever Winter Clothing Hacks
6. Turn a sweater into a pair of mittens
We’ve got more clever sweater upcycling ideas like turning your sweater into a pair of mittens. How adorable are those? They can be a great gift idea as well.
When it comes to keeping treasures in the family, clothes are one of the most sentimental items. Upcycling old clothes from dad, mum or grandma is a lovely way to keep them around for longer. You have got a good reason to take out your old sweaters and have some fun. Would it not be super lovely if you made matching mittens for your twins from one of your old sweaters?
7. DIY Slipper Boot Cuffs
Turn your old sweaters into cute DIY slipper boot cuffs. There are lots of ways to do this and to be honest, you cannot go wrong with this whichever way you choose to do it. From using crocheted items to lace items, you can upgrade your look for much less. Do this for high boots when rocking a pair of jeans and stand out from the crowd. This is a creative and simple hack to make your look more stylish. Additionally, you get to stay warmer for longer.
8. An easy infinity scarf
You could also turn an old sweater into an easy infinity scarf. Yes, we’re obsessed with repurposing sweaters! I love the look of an infinity scarf paired with a matching beanie.
You can make these scarves for your little ones from your own sweaters. They will love having mum’s clothes on them!
Be sure to upcycle a soft sweater so it’s not uncomfortable and scratchy on the neck.
9. ‘Screw shoes’ for winter running
If you’re a runner, “screw shoes” are a must. A screw shoe is a shoe with sheet metal screws at the bottom. The screws will give you much-needed traction on the ice. Whether going uphill or downhill, these are the shoe-version of an army vehicle. You can run confidently in these without risking skidding.
It can get really cramped up in the house in winter and sometimes we may need to take a walk or a run outside. These ‘screw shoes’ are such great help. You may need to unscrew them in warmer months but I think you can keep them as just your winter running shoes.
10. Waterproof your shoes
How do you wear wellies without wearing wellies? Here’s a hack that transforms your ordinary Vans into a water-repelling pair. Learn how to waterproof your shoes to make almost any pair of shoes wearable this winter.
It will be nice to put on some ordinary shoes without risking them getting wet, right? With these, your feet can take a break from boots and you can soak in some much-needed sun. This is not just a winter hack. Try this for when you are going for walks in a wet area if you live near a forested area.
Winter Clothes Tips
11. Waterproof your faux-leather jacket
This one blew my mind! Waterproofing shoes is pretty easy as you read earlier. But you can actually waterproof your jacket from the comfort of your home too! A faux-leather jacket is so chic and edgy when it is new and in proper condition. However, the longer we wear it, the more it tears, cracks, and loses its shine.
If you love spending a bit of time outside with your faux leather jacket, here’s a way to make your jacket looking new and fresh all year round. Walking around in a soaked jacket is quite uncomfortable.
12. A smart storage idea for your boots
We love buying boots. But when those cooler months are behind us, we are left with a storage problem. Where to keep the boots? In the closet maybe. How do we keep them upright and strong till they are ready to use again?
Use sections of pool noodles to keep your boots upright. Genius! Your boots will not only be in rigid, pristine condition but your closet will look neater too!
13. Sweater storage idea
Did you know that hanging your sweaters can stretch them out of shape? Fold them, and stack them with the heaviest on the bottom and the lightest on top to keep them in tip-top condition. You can color code the arrangement or fold them according to categories too.
Winter clothes somehow become less loved when the season passes but this arrangement is not only amazing for storage, but for appearance too. A neatly arranged closet evokes a feeling of calmness. Less time rummaging through your closet, less time deciding what to wear. It’s a win-win situation.
14. DIY No-slip Socks
We can’t stop our kids from running around the house. We can minimize the frequency of home accidents though. Let the kids make their own no-slip socks (or make some for yourself). No more tumbling over, knocking over things, and having a bruised lip.
This activity is colorful and fun. You will only need:
- Socks (Absolutely!)
- Cardboard feet cutouts
- Tulip slick paints
Go through the instructions here and let us know what you come up with.
15. Dry your wet shoes faster
We love this idea because we have all been caught up in the rain, with a pair of shoes that we need to wear the next day. Whether it’s a pair of sneakers or running shoes, this drying hack is a lifesaver. You simply need a newspaper. Pull out the wet insoles and stuff them with newspaper to dry them faster.
Depending on how soaked your shoes are, change the newspaper regularly because once it is soaked, the drying process stops.