So, you have a pile of clothes that are just too big? Here are some ways to shrink them so they fit.

Sewing: If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and you’ve got a sewing machine handy, try stitching the clothes closer together to create a tighter fit. To do this, you’ll want to cut the seams on the inside of the garment and sew two pieces of fabric together closely without overlapping them.

Heat it Up: You can also use an iron or hair dryer for this one. Simply place your clothing item flat on an ironing board and then set it at low heat, where it will slowly shrink over time.

Pin It: The weight from pins can also help to secure the fabric’s new size. Spoiler alert: this method also involves sewing. Lay two pieces of fabric flat on an ironing board and place pins along the edges where they meet. Sew along the pins to hold the fabrics together tightly, which should shrink them in size.

Machine Wash It: Most clothing items at stores are made cheaply, which means that they are usually made from fabrics that will shrink when exposed to heat. Once you’ve shrunk it with one of your methods, place your piece in the wash to clean it and prepare for wearing!

Bonus tip: There is no better way to shrink cotton fabric than by machine washing or drying garment on high heat several times until it can be comfortably worn.

Shrinking clothes is not a difficult task and most of the time, it’s easy to fix when done right away.

As you grow up, you’ll learn how to adjust your wardrobe along with your lifestyle. And when in doubt, check the tag! It must say “wash before wear” if it is indeed safe to wash the garment.

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