9 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Old T-Shirts
If your T-shirt drawer is overflowing, put the extras to good use with these fun DIYs.
No matter how many times I thin out my T-shirt drawer, I always have too many. It seems like every time you get rid of one, you somehow get another one for free, right? If you, too, are inundated with tees, try upcycling the ones you never wear into something you'll actually use. You may be surprised by how many cool things a humble T-shirt can be transformed into.
Get out your hot glue gun and dress up a plain doormat with colorful T-shirt fabric knots.
Make This: T-Shirt Rug
These lightweight produce bags are just what you need for gathering a harvest from the garden or the farmer's market. If you're not handy with a sewing machine, we've got two no-sew methods to make them.
Make This: T-Shirt Produce Bags
Turn old T-shirts into yarn, then craft up this cute hanging planter for terra cotta pots.
Make This: T-Shirt Planter
Have a surplus of long-sleeve tees? Cut off the sleeves and transform them into cute boot socks. We embellished ours with buttons, lace, sequins and bows.
Make This: T-Shirt Boot Socks
Some T-shirts have sentimental value, so you may be hesistant to completely cut them up even if you no longer wear them. Instead, turn them into decorative throw pillows that you can display at all times. Better than hiding them in a drawer!
Make This: T-Shirt Throw Pillows
DIY T-Shirt Headbands 00:30
Watch the video above for two easy ways to make headbands out of old clothes — just cut and tie or cut and twist.
Perfect for a child's bedroom, this colorful collage headboard can showcase old sports jerseys, camp shirts and other items the kiddos have outgrown.
Make This: T-Shirt Headboard
Make a 'Corset' T-Shirt Dress 03:54
All you need is a basic unisex T-shirt, ribbon, scissors and safety pins to make this corset-inspired dress — no sewing required!
Make This: Corset T-Shirt Dress
Natural Tie Dye
Make the blueberry dye by adding 1 cup of blueberries for every 3 cups of water. For a medium or large men's t-shirt you will need about 12 cups of water and 4 cups of berries. To enhance color you can add blackberries. Bring the berries and water to a boil in a large pot. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Place t-shirt in a large bowl and strain out solids to cover with the water/dye.
Photo by Sam Henderson
Maybe you have a tee that's in pretty good shape but has a stubborn stain that can't be removed. Using berries, beets, onion skins and other fruits and veggies, you can make natural dyes to conceal your shirt's imperfections.
Make This: Natural Dye Using Fruits and Vegetables