How to make clothes out of bin bags

Updated February 21, 2017

If you're tired of the high cost of clothing, make your clothes out of bin bags. The look may get a bit sticky during humid summer weather, but it will certainly take a load off of your bank account. Forget about the fashionable chains -- you can buy a year's worth of clothing at the hardware shop for a few pounds. Don't go too cheap though; the heavy duty industrial bags will last you the week, while the cheap bags may not make it through the day, especially if you're the active type.


Double up two bin bags by putting one inside of the other.

Cut a hole through the centre of the bottoms of the bags for your head.

Cut the corners off the bottom edges of the bin bags for arm holes.

Put the bag over your head, put your head through the centre hole and your arms through the side holes.

Cinch up the bag at the waist using a wide belt or a piece of duct tape.

Liven up the dress by adding trash bag fringes, trash bag bows, or trash bag shoulder pads.


Lay the bin bag out flat on a flat surface.

Poke holes through the bottom corners of the bag using the points of scissors, about 5 cm (2 inches) from the edge and 5 cm (2 inches) from the bottom.

Poke two more holes about 45 cm (18 inches) up from the bottom of the bag and 5 cm (2 inches) in from the edge.

Poke a string through one of the holes that is in the bottom corner of the bag. Run the string along the bottom of the bag and through the other hole in the opposite bottom corner.

Hold the bag up against your front, with the bottom on top so the string that you just put through the holes is running across the top of your chest.

Cross the strings that are coming out of the bag across your back. This may be easier with the help of a friend.

Poke the strings through the other two holes that you made in the bag, run the strings in opposite directions across your front, around your waist, and back to your front, and tie the two strings together at the front of your waist.

Things You'll Need

  • Bin bags
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Belt
  • String
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Jagg Xaxx has been writing since 1983. His primary areas of writing include surrealism, Buddhist iconography and environmental issues. Xaxx worked as a cabinetmaker for 12 years, as well as building and renovating several houses. Xaxx holds a Doctor of Philosophy in art history from the University of Manchester in the U.K.