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.


Old T-Shirt Rug

Old T-Shirt Rug

You know that overflowing drawer of T-shirts? Turn them into something functional, like this recycled shirt rug.

Get out your hot glue gun and dress up a plain doormat with colorful T-shirt fabric knots. 

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Produce Bags

T-Shirt Bags

T-Shirt Bags

These eco friendly produce bags are just what you need for gathering a harvest from the garden or the farmer's market! Make them out of recycled T-shirts for the perfect Mother's Day gift, or share them any day of the year!

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.

Hanging Planter

Turn old T-shirts into yarn, then craft up this cute hanging planter for terra cotta pots.

Make This: T-Shirt Planter

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Boot Socks



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

Throw Pillows



©Jess Abbott

Jess Abbott

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!


DIY T-Shirt Headbands 00:30

Learn how to create super-cute headbands out of things you already own.

Watch the video above for two easy ways to make headbands out of old clothes — just cut and tie or cut and twist.


15 Easy DIY Headboards: T-shirt Collection

15 Easy DIY Headboards: T-shirt Collection

Kids often have a hard time parting with their favorite T-shirts even after they've outgrown them. Use old T-shirts, sport jerseys or old blankets to create a collage of color over your child's bed.

Photo by: Susan Teare ©Joanne Palmisano

Susan Teare, Joanne Palmisano

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

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Corset Dress

Make a 'Corset' T-Shirt Dress 03:54

Ariel shows how to make a no-sew corset-effect T-shirt dress.

All you need is a basic unisex T-shirt, ribbon, scissors and safety pins to make this corset-inspired dress — no sewing required!

Natural Tie Dye

Blueberry dye

Blueberry 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: Photo by Sam Henderson

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.

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