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What Can You Make From Recycled T-Shirts

July 27, 2021 4 min read

Wondering what can you make from recycled t-shirts? Create a classic custom blanket or produce a personalized pair of curtains. Discover ideas here.


Chances are you have lots of shirts lying around that are simply gathering dust in the back of a drawer or under your bed. Quite often, people will simply throw these items out or continue to use precious storage space when they realize they won’t ever wear them but want to keep them due to having memories. However, what if we told you that you could use these forgotten garments to create some truly wonderful and long-lasting keepsakes? From t-shirt blankets made out of rock concert shirts to curtains created using old race t-shirts to a superhero-themed baby memory blanket, keep reading to discover what you can make from your old t-shirts – you may be surprised at just how many great gifts and keepsakes you can create!

1.   A classic t-shirt blanket

Arguably this is the most popular item that people make with old t-shirts because there are so many different styles and designs that you can choose from when creating custom blankets.

You could use your child’s sporting shirts to create a truly unique graduation gift. Or, if you can’t help but buy a new rock t-shirt every time you go and see your favorite singer or band, you could transform these memories into a comfy and cozy covering.

Plus, not only can you make t-shirt blankets for yourself, but they also make amazing gifts for your friends and family. In fact, you can create a custom made t-shirt blanket for pretty much any occasion you can think of, including:

  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Get well soon
  • Retirement
  • Graduation
  • Bar mitzvahs
  • Engagements
  • Weddings
  • Christmas

You can also create double-sided shirt blankets that are ideal if you have lots of old t-shirts that you want to put to better use or if you want to make a unique gift for someone that has more than one passion in their life.

2.   A baby blanket

Although you could just go to the store and buy a generic, run-of-the-mill baby blanket in standard pink or blue, how much better would it be to create your own custom blanket out of old family t-shirts?

If you have older children, you can use old shirts that they have grown out of. Not only does this result in more sustainable apparel for your baby, but it also allows them to feel involved in the production process of creating something for their new baby brother or sister. Superhero t-shirts are one great option for boys, but other children may love to turn their princess shirts into a cute blanket. Alternatively, you could use t-shirts that your baby has grown out of. Be warned, though, as this will require quite a lot of shirts to make a good size blanket.

Do you have a friend who is expecting? A custom baby blanket makes a heartfelt newborn baby gift that can be cherished by many generations to come.

3.   T-shirt curtains

If you are looking for something a little bit more unusual to do with your old t-shirts, then this is the perfect option for you. You can use a combination of old t-shirts and sweatshirts to create your t-shirt curtains, both of which will help to keep out the light and ensure your curtains last for a long time.

Whether you want to personalize a particular room in your home, such as your bedroom or study, or you want to create a truly bespoke gift, t-shirt curtains are simple to make and will help reduce your environmental impact by utilizing fabric that would otherwise get thrown away.

Do you have a child leaving for college? Why not create a one-of-a-kind going away gift using a selection of old shirts from their high school days? This could be their sports team shirts or any other clubs that they regularly took part in.

T-Shirt curtains are an incredibly versatile DIY project and can be used not only to cover your windows but also as room dividers or to simply hang on the wall.

4.   A t-shirt pillow

If you are already sold on the idea of creating a t-shirt blanket, you will absolutely love this concept too. A t-shirt pillow makes the ideal accompaniment to a custom blanket, acting as a stylish and bespoke addition to your bed or sofa.

A great way to recycle a much-loved t-shirt that no longer fits or has started to become faded and frayed, the best thing about choosing to make a t-shirt pillow is that you can make an amazing keepsake with only one shirt.

Whether your child has a favorite cartoon character, your husband is a major fan of one particular sports team, or you can’t get enough of a specific fashion designer, any old, but much-loved t-shirt that you have lying around can be transformed into a sustainable and stylish home accessory.

5.   A custom collage blanket

For those that have lots of different types of old t-shirts lying around and don’t have one particular theme in mind for a custom item or gift, a collage blanket is an ideal choice. Enabling you to use a variety of t-shirt designs, styles, and colors, the beauty of a collage blanket is that you can also use sweatshirts, hats, Babygro’s, bibs, and any other old items you no longer wear to create a truly bespoke blanket.

Were you a cheerleader back in the day? If yes, we bet you still have your old outfit and pom poms stashed somewhere in the attic. Why not turn these much-loved items into your very own motivational blanket?

Or perhaps you have just had your last baby, and you aren’t quite ready to throw out the hordes of baby clothes that you still have in boxes under the bed. A custom collage blanket will enable you to immortalize these cherished memories forever in a tangible and unique way.

Whatever you choose to make with your recycled t-shirts, the most important thing to remember is that you are taking an item that you or someone else once cherished and transforming it into a one-of-a-kind creation that will be loved for many years to come.

What could be better than that?

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