Pretty much everyone has a stack of worn, comfy t-shirts tucked away in the closet and since they are pretty cheap, the stack grows fast. We wear these oldies when doing work around the yard, cleaning our homes and other dirty chores but you can also use them to make all kinds of clever and crafty things…some useful, some fun.
Here are a dozen different ways you can repurpose these old friends, most of the ideas are sewing projects but there are a few other techniques used too (and I’ll be adding more to this list as I come across new ideas). A few of these have been featured in other collections here on Tipnut and have been included here to make one handy project sheet, enjoy!
Fabric Flowers: Make into crafty bouquets or use to embellish totes, cardigans, whatever you like. Easy project!
Hat: Cute! Includes a template download for the bill of the hat (which is stiffened with interfacing) and features rosettes for embellishment.
Latch Hook Rug: You’ll need a piece of latch hook canvas and a bunch of old shirts to make this soft mat that your tootsies will love.
Crocheted Rug: Crocheted in the round, you’ll need at least two for this project…more for a larger size rug.
Upcycled Embellished Mittens: Lined with fleece (or upcycled sweatpants) and feature sweet rosettes sewn on top of the mitts.
Quilt: Make a cuddly quilt made from about 20 shirts and backed with plain cotton woven fabric or a flat sheet.
Hand-Stitched Baby Hat: Made with 2 tees in contrasting colors and embroidery floss, includes free pattern download (jpg file).
Ruffle Scarf: Super easy to make, you’ll need a size M adult sized tee and uses the bottom 8 to 10″ of the tee.
Handbag: 5 or 6 tees are cut into strips to make yarn then knitted on circulars.
- How To Make Yarn (with old tees)