Sometimes you will find yourself with more t-shirts than you can possibly wear, and some in worse shape than others. When that ratty old t-shirt is in such bad shape that you feel bad donating them for someone else to own, or there is some sentimental attachment to the shirt, perhaps upcycling is better. Here are some projects to upcycle your old t-shirts into new items and give them a new life.
The T-Shirt Quilt
JMB Handmade has a great tutorial for anyone with a bulk of t-shirts that they would like to make into a cozy blanket. All you need is a basic understanding of how to use a sewing machine and a ton of patience. If you would like to follow the JMB Handmade tutorial, you can find it here.
Jane and Sonja from Sustain My Craft Habit have a wonderful tutorial on how to make t-shirt yarn out of the whole t-shirt. You can then use the yarn for a multitude of different projects, whether it is making a bathmat, basket, washcloths, and basically anything you can knit or crochet! You can find their tutorial here.
T-Shirt Tote Bags and Drawstring Bags
There are a few no-sew grocery tote bag tutorials that you can find on Pinterest, but none that look quite as good as this one by Between the Lines. They created a slotted grocery bag and uses the unused sleeves to create a smaller drawstring bag. You can see Between the Lines’s tutorial here.
T-Shirt Dog Toy
Mary from Life With Onesies has created a wonderful tutorial for your furry friends. Dog toys can be a little expensive sometimes, so to be able to make your own and not feel bad when your dog rips them apart is great. You can find Mary’s tutorial here.
A Forager’s Home found a genious way to reuse old t-shirts and save money on underwear. You can see their in-depth tutorial here.
T-Shirt Twine Planter
My Poppet makes has a cute little tutorial on how to make this cute little planter and t-shirt twine here.
T-Shirt Cleaning Rags
This one is super simple. All you need to do is cut your t-shirts into rectangles and use them as cleaning rags! No sewing needed.
Hopefully this inspires you to make something more out of your old t-shirts!