Hate waste but love crafting? Discover 5 creative ways to upcycle your old tees. T-shirt blankets, tote bags, tank tops, and so many more!
Do you have an abundance of old t-shirts taking up space in your closet? You don’t want to wear them, but you don’t want to throw them away either? Thanks to the art of upcycling, there are now so many fun and creative ways that you can give new life to old shirts.
Whether you love fashion, interior design, or helping others, there is something for everyone in the below 5 t-shirt upcycle ideas.
Tank tops never go out of fashion which makes them one of the most versatile wardrobe staples you can own. If you haven’t ever tried upcycling a t-shirt into a tank top, you will be pleased to hear that it is very easy to do. All you need to do is follow the below simple steps:
Custom blankets have never been more popular, with people looking for more unique and bespoke gifts for their family and friends. Also known as a shirt quilt, a t-shirt blanket is also easy to make and is great for people of all ages.
To make one yourself, simply follow the below step-by-step guide:
You could always contact our team to do this for you if you aren’t feeling brave.
Tote bags are stylish, practical, and durable, making them one of the most sought-after handbag styles. If you have an oversized t shirt, this is perfect for this DIY project as it will allow you to make a bag big enough to carry all your shopping or daily essentials.
To make a tote bag, follow the below instructions:
If you are not very good at sewing, you can find no-sew tutorials for t-shirt tote bags online.
Want to update the look of your bed without having to spend a fortune on new bedding? One of our favorite t-shirt upcycle projects, T-shirt pillows are easy to create and make a big statement in the style stakes.
If you have access to a sewing machine, then you can create your very own t-shirt pillow in as little as 10 minutes. Simply follow the below steps:
If you have lots of t-shirts that you love but no longer wear, then t-shirt wall art offers a super stylish way to upcycle these versatile garments.
T-shirt wall art is made much the same way as a blanket, by cutting and sewing panels of the fabric together. To make a wall hanging or room divider, you will need quite a large amount of old t-shirts as well as a rod for hanging. Wall hangings and room dividers are perfect for injecting a bit of your personality into your bedroom, study, or living room or as a gift for a housewarming party.
What else can I do with old t-shirts?
Donate to them to charity
If you are not feeling particularly crafty but don’t want to contribute to textile waste, then why not donate your old tees to a charitable cause or a thrift store? There are so many people in need in the United States who would benefit greatly from your old t-shirts. For example, Goodwill is always in need of donations and if you have a large number of items to give away, they will even come to your house to collect them for you.
Alternatively, there are a number of fashion retail stores that will recycle old t-shirts and clothing for you and give you a money-off voucher or some other incentive in return, such as American Eagle Outfitters and H&M.
Sell them on social media
Want to make a bit of extra cash? If you have clothes that are in good condition, you may be able to sell them on a local social media selling site. It is worth knowing that designer brands sell best, but you can still make some money selling bundles of non-designers t-shirts as long as the price is right. You could also host a yard sale if you have other garments or items in your home that you want to get rid of.
Do you need help upcycling your old t-shirts? Here at My T-Shirt Blanket, we love nothing more than helping people transform their once-loved tees into something special.
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