We all have a stack of old T-shirts, what are some creative ways you can craft with old T-shirts? Here are TONS of crafty ideas for upcycling!
Whether they’re old and sentimental, memorialize some kind of achievement like a marathon, don’t fit anymore, or have holes or stains, we all have a stack of old T-shirts somewhere that we don’t want to part with.
I think pretty much everyone under the sun has seen those cute T-shirt quilts. It’s a fantastic idea, don’t get me wrong, but for one thing, they’re a lot of work. And for another, it’s a cute idea, but do people actually used them on their beds? Does it go with your decor? Maybe for a kid’s room but I’d wager when these are gifted to older people they mostly just become a larger keepsake. I could be totally wrong. Who knows.
Anyway, today we’re going to talk about some more creative ways to craft with old T-shirts because I think we can think further outside of the box, don’t you? If you have other ideas for upcycling old T-shirts, share them with us all in the comments!
Why should you save and craft with old T-shirts?
- They can be incredibly sentimental of a time in your life or an event.
- They don’t really take up that much space.
- T-shirts never really go out of style.
- Recycling/upcycling is awesome!
Tips and Tricks for Crafting with old T-shirts
- Make sure you wash your old T-shirts before they start.
- Make sure you are REALLY ok with cutting them apart. We don’t want any regrets.
- If you want, make sure they aren’t worth anything. A quick google or e-bay search could save you from cutting up that super rare concert tee.
- Consider if you really need to craft with it. If your old T-shirt is in good enough condition that someone else who needs clothing could wear it, consider donating instead.
What are some creative ways I can craft with old T-shirts?
- T-shirt quilt (I have to include it)
- Make a tote bag, there are no-sew and low sew t-shirt tutorials that are fantastic.
- Use the t-shirt to make a teddy bear or stuffy, this is a great memorial gift
- Make t-shirt yarn
- Zipper pouch
- Braided Rug
- Throw pillow
- Make a DIY Squishmallow
- Tie Dye – you don’t have to only tie die with plain white t-shirts!
- Bleach dye – this is a fun technique on colored t-shirts
- No sew produce bag
- Hanging planter
- Cat Hideout
- Bracelets – either wrap a bangle or braid strips
- Fabric Baskets
- Knotted baby hat
- Knotted headband
- Rice heating pad
- Burp cloths
- Baby quilt
- Baby bibs
- Boot socks or legwarmers
- Capes for kids
- Make a kids’ skirt
- Braided belt
- Hot Pads
- Oven Mitts
- Gift Bags
- Braided dog toy
- Make an apron
- Use them as rags for your crafting area
- Use them to stuff amigurumi
- If you can sew, tailor them to fit your kids
- Paint smocks for you or your kids
- Use it to patch leggings or other pants made from stretchy materials
- Make it into a child’s dress
- Make a vest
- Make newborn baby mittens
- Infinity scarf
- Nursing cover
- Make Christmas stockings
- Make curtain tiebacks
- Resize it to make it fit better
- Baby drool bandanas
- Recover a lampshade
- Bathing suit coverup
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