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4 Things to Make from Old Tees

October 09, 2020 4 min read

When it comes to cool things to make out of old t shirts, you’ve got quite a lot of options including tote bags, dog toys, shirt rugsand upcycled clothing. There are numerous different ways that you can create something brand-new from something old. It’s also rewarding taking an older t-shirt, which has probably had its day, it’s a bit worn out, and then transforming it into something brand-new with a bit of ingenuity and some tools. 

Now obviously, if you’re not familiar with how to do this, it can seem like quite a challenge to figure out how to get it right on the first attempt. So, to provide you with some inspiration, let’s take a look at how you use t-shirts to create brand new things.

Memory blankets 

When it comes to cool things to make out of old t shirts, you could use the components that you’ve got to make a memory blanket. A memory blanket can be a very precious thing because it has all of the different memories of something contained within it. 

You could use a t-shirt that you got when you went to see a concert when you were younger, or perhaps a t-shirt that was bought for you by a partner that’s been outgrown and gotten slightly older. There’s also the option of a t-shirt of a child from when they were a baby, and this gives you all the precious memories that you can use to create a memory blanket with.

It can be easy to create a memory blanket from shirt yarn, and there are step by step instructions online to help you make one.

Knitted scarves

If you want to transform an old tee into something completely different, a knitted scarf is a great option. 

Using the shirt yarn, you can craft a scarf that is well-made, practical and perfect for the winter months. It’s also totally unique to your style. 

It would be an excellent way to stay warm and look fashionable, and at the same time, you are recycling what you have rather than throwing it away and buying something new. Plus, knitting is a very useful skill to learn, so it might be worth checking out the range of resources available to learn how to knit different items.

Bandana 

Bandanas are a versatile piece of headwear that can be used all year round. They protect your head in all weathers and are the ideal way to hold your hair in place while cruising down the freeway in a convertible - we can all wish!

The good thing about a bandana is that you can make it from any type of material, even the scraps of an old t-shirt. Thankfully, it’s not too tricky to do this, and it does give you what you need in terms of overall flexibility. You just take the t-shirt, cut it up a bit, and tie it around your head. 

The type of bandana that you have will depend on the t-shirt that you have, the overall thickness of it, and the type of materials that you use.

Basically, this particular type of idea is very easy to do, all you have to do is cut the t-shirt down into the right level of thickness and use the right length, and after that, it’s very simple. There are many guides on how to make a bandana online, and it’s one of the easiest ways to transform an old tee.

A quilt 

The thing about modern t-shirts is that they do come in quite a few different shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of thickness. However, you can use this to your advantage and create a modern t shirt quilt.

It’s often a patchwork of different materials because in a lot of cases, sourcing the same type of wool for something is a big ask. 

A shirt quilt is also the perfect keepsake and can be an ideal gift for any age. You can create a shirt quilt out of old kids tees or baby t-shirts to have a memento of their youth. You can also make a quilt that grows with them so old tees get added every so often until they reach adulthood.

Knowing how to combine all the different materials will take a little sewing knowledge, but that isn’t so bad. It’s a good skill to sit down and learn, especially when you consider that you can use it to repair things like jeans and other materials.

Upcycling old t-shirts 

You probably wouldn’t think that you could do as much as you can with old t-shirts. The beauty of an old t-shirt is that at a fundamental level, it is basically just material that can be repurposed into a different shape or configuration. This gives you a lot of options when it comes to customization and creating the ultimate type of repurposing.

There are potentially hundreds of options for things to make with old t shirts. From bags and hair accessories to quilts and keepsakes, there is something for everyone. Upcycling old t-shirts is also a great way to contribute to a sustainable lifestyle, so your old clothes don’t end up in a landfill.

Modern t-shirts can be quite colorful and bright; they can come in many different shapes and sizes like that old tank top you don’t wear anymore, which makes repairing or customizing them quite an easy thing to do. If you’re stuck for ideas on what to make, then there are lots of resources online to help you get started. Check out the variety of crafting DIY keepsakes and gift ideas too for more inspiration. YouTube also has some fantastic videos to complement the above ideas and takes you step by step through the process of repurposing your old tees.  

If you do take the time to repurpose a lot of these things, you will no doubt have a very enjoyable experience and one that you can treasure for a long time.

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