48 Uses for Old T Shirts and T Shirt Reconstruction Ideas
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If you're anything like me, you collect t-shirts to mark events you've attended and to remind you of places you've visited. The problem is, all those souvenir t-shirts you've accumulated from concerts, vacations, marathons, and the like can really start to take up space in your dresser drawer. To remedy the solution, we've put together this handy guide of 48 Uses for Old T Shirts and Other T Shirt Reconstruction Ideas.
If you'd like to preserve those memories without completely destroying your tees, learn how to upcycle t shirts into a reusable grocery bag or a souvenir pillow, like this one. Or you can easily transform a perfectly good tee into a t-shirt dress. You could also cover up rips or stains by embellishing with ruffles, lace, or crochet details.
If you just have a bunch of shirts that don't really hold special meaning for you anymore, feel free to totally transform your tees using one of these craft ideas for old t-shirts. We have plenty of DIY accessories and home decor projects for you to make with upcycled t-shirts.
Best of all, this collection features a whole section of tutorials for repurposing t-shirts into kids's clothing! Little ones grow up so fast, so it's nice knowing you can turn to any of these t-shirt crafts when they outgrow the clothes you just bought them a few months ago. If you're wondering what to do with old t-shirts, check out any of these 48 ideas!
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How to Upcycle T Shirts Into New Clothes
What's old is new again with these t shirt reconstruction tutorials! If you're wondering what to do with old t shirts besides tossing them in the trash or donating them, check out these 14 patterns for how to upcycle t shirts into new clothes. You'll never have to let your old, slightly worn tees go to waste again! Just salvage them with some of these old t shirt ideas. There's no sense in getting rid of your old tees when you could fancy them up with some ruffles, lace, or chiffon or even completely transform them into a dress. The options are endless with these recycled t shirt projects! You'll basically get a whole new wardrobe out of your existing wardrobe.
- Easy 3 Step DIY Lace T-Shirt Refashion
With just a few minutes and a few basic tools, you can customize and personalize all the uninspiring t-shirts you have lying around.
- Make a One-Shoulder Ruffle Top from an Old T-Shirt
This tutorial creates a prettier, more feminine take on your basic t-shirt refashion. With this DIY, you can create a polished, finished look you’ll be excited to wear all summer long.
- Sew Stylish T-Shirt Dress
Learn how to make a dress that's casual enough for an afternoon running errands, but can also be accessorized for a more formal occasion. You can choose matching fabric for the skirt and top, or mix and match patterns to get the look of separate pieces.
- Flattering T-Shirt Refashion
This long-sleeve t-shirt refashion is flattering on any body type. The extra-long body of the DIY shirt and the lovely collar are slimming and attractive.
- Double T-Shirt Dress Tutorial
Made using plain white men's tees, this trendy dress tutorial shows you how to stitch and sew a lightweight and figure flattering dress that's perfect for spring or summer weather. The best part about this beginner sewing tutorial is that you can customize your dress with trim, pockets, or dye, so that it's one-of-a-kind and uniquely you.
- Ultimate T-Shirt Dress Tutorial
Take a $5 dollar t-shirt and upgrade it into a cute and easy dress with this beginner sewing project that we know you'll absolutely love. This tutorial shows you how to take a plain budget-friendly tee and add a fun printed skirt, so that you have a dress that's stylish and comfortable.
- Short T-Shirt Refashion
Too-short shirts are not comfortable and no fun to wear, so combine two shirts into one with this simple refashion. A gathered faux second layer will lengthen the shirt, and it's easy to sew.
- Chiffon T-Shirt Refashion
This project magically turns an old t-shirt into an on-trend piece of DIY clothing. The silk chiffon panels and trim add a comfortable yet chic vibe, and the easy shirt pattern makes them easy to add.
- Plain Jane T-Shirt Refashion
Utilizing the funky and fun colorblocking trend with cheap t-shirt reconstruction techniques, this tutorial will show you how to create your new favorite tee. This is a great way to use your old wardrobe to create a brand new one.
- Woman's Knit Shirt Into Dress
Take an ill-fitting knit top and turn it into a fabulous maxi dress. There's no need to buy new fabric when you want to learn how to make a long dress for summer or find yourself in the market for a DIY maxi dress pattern.
- Upcycled Lace Shoulder Top Tutorial
Want to give your old t-shirts a Bohemian update this summer? Look lovely in lace at little cost with this ingenious tutorial!
- Upcycled Tee Skirt
Add a simple skirt to your wardrobe without spending any money. Instead of throwing out your worn clothes, upcycle them into something fabulous.
- Ruffle Tee Refashion Tutorial
Did you get an unflattering tee shirt that you need to wear for work or an event? Use this refashion tutorial to make it cuter and more flattering.
- 20 Minute Tee Fix
Take twenty minutes out of your day to learn how to refashion a t-shirt in a fun and exciting way. Whether you have a ripped up tee or just a piece that is too boring for your current wardrobe, this is the perfect t-shirt reconstruction project to add some feminine style to any piece.
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Repurposing T Shirts for Kids' Clothing
Kids grow out of their clothes so quickly. It can be expensive and time-consuming to purchase new clothing every year or even every month, depending on how fast they're growing. With these uses for old t shirts, you can keep reusing clothing that they've outgrown to create entirely new wardrobes for your kids or grandchildren. It's so easy to take a worn or slightly too-small tee and turn it into a cute t-shirt dress for your little girl. Maybe you need to some ways to use old t shirts to create onesies or rompers for your baby so that you don't have to keep buying them every month. Or what about these genius shorts made from a t-shirt? (Fun fact: You can use the same pattern to make a skort, too!) As the kids continue to grow, you'll definitely want to keep this list of t shirt reconstruction ideas handy.
- DIY T-Shirt Dress Tutorial
Turn an old t-shirt or dress that no longer fits into an easy t-shirt dress by adding a skirt to a t-shirt. This project is simple and can be made quickly with this diy t-shirt dress tutorial.
- DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Dress for Girls
Take old discarded t-shirts and turn them into something fabulous with this tutorial. With this easy step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to take old t-shirts and turn them into an adorable ruffle dress that is as comfy as it is cute!
- DIY Kid's T-Shirt Dress
Upcycle your old t-shirts into a cute and fun dress for your daughter. Through this tutorial, learn how to make a dress that is cheap, fast, and stylish for the girl who brings so much joy to your life.
- Bow T-Shirt Dress Tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to convert half a yard of fabric and an old tee to make t-shirt dress patterns that look like they are store-bought. Complete with printable sewing patterns for making the bow in two different sizes, this kids' clothes pattern will have you making your own clothes in no time.
- T-Shirt Tutu Tutorial
Forget about making an uncomfortable tutu out of itchy tulle and instead make a charming and super soft tutu that your granddaughter will love. This tutorial lets you recycle old t-shirts into an adorable tutu made out of soft cotton, so it's perfect for little ones.
- T-Shirt to Shorts
This is a tutorial on how to upcycle a men's t-shirt or polo shirt into a pair of size 3 shorts or a skort. The post includes a free pattern that you can download and print.
- T-Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern
Learn how to create a sweet and simple t-shirt dress with this easy walk-through that includes a printable PDF pattern. You can make a skirt with woven or knit fabric, and even create a circled skirt or a gathered skirt.
- Baby T-Shirt Romper
It's so easy to create the perfect onesie for your active baby with this handy tutorial instead of having to wait for him or her to grow into new clothes. This project is easily completed with the help of a sewing machine and some snaps at the very bottom.
- Vintage Mod Tee Dress
The vintage mod fashion is easy to produce following this sewing tutorial. Learning how to make clothes is a great way to stay up on fashion without having to spend a lot of money.
- Striped Tee to Skirt Refashion
This little skirt is as easy and thrifty as can be. Your daughter will absolutely love her brand new skirt, and you'll love how budget-friendly it is to expand your child's wardrobe.
Repurposing T Shirts Into Bags and Totes
One of the best ways to use old t-shirts is to turn them into reusable bags or totes. Making grocery bag patterns from upcycled t-shirts knocks out two birds with one stone: You're able to get rid of an old shirt and become more environmentally friendly with your new reusable market tote. All of the t-shirt reconstruction ideas below are sure to be useful in your household, whether you use them for grocery shopping, for trick-or-treating, or as your go-to tote bag to carry around town.
- Reusable T-Shirt Bag
Easy bags to make can be both affordable and space-saving, especially with this tutorial. These instructions on how to make a shoulder bag out of a thrifted t-shirt can lead to zero wasted space on paper and plastic bags all over your home.
- T-Shirt to Macrame Market Bag
This pattern is a charming and eco-friendly craft project that combines sewing 101 and macrame into one video tutorial. A fantastic project for visual learners, this DIY farmer's market bag shows you step-by-step how to cut your old tees into strips, as well as how to knot your bag together.
- No Sew T-Shirt Bag
Turn an old t-shirt into a reusable shopping, grocery, or toy bag in no time with this easy and quick no-sew tote bag tutorial.
- 20 Minute Upcycle: T-Shirt Grocery Bag
Here's another use for all those extra t-shirts! Save the environment and your dresser space at the same time.
- T-Shirt DIY Grocery Bag
If you want to be environmentally conscious with you easy sewing projects, this fabulous how to make a bag sewing tutorial is for you! Learn how to use reusuable grocery bag patterns with old tees to make sustainable bags you can use over and over again.
- Repurposed T Shirt Into Halloween Treat Bag
Transform old t-shirts into Halloween craft projects for an environmentally friendly way to trick or treat. This pattern will be perfect for collecting candy on Halloween night.
- Tee to Tote Bag
See how to make a tote bag that's never going to be in stores. Fusible fabric and a cute free purse pattern to sew become a new tote bag that looks like it was made professionally.
When it comes to being thrifty and stylish, what better way than to refashion something? Take something you already have on hand and use it to create something new with these 30 Wardrobe Refashion Projects + 14 Ideas for the Whole Family
Reusing T Shirts to Make Your Own Accessories
If you've never made a cool accessory out of an old shirt you no longer wear, now's your chance to do so with these t-shirt reconstruction tutorials! Who knew old tees could be put to use in so many different ways? With the t-shirt crafts in this section, you can create a scarf, a headband, a cute apron pattern... even flip-flops! Spending a few hours repurposing t-shirts has never been a better use of your time.
- DIY T-Shirt Headband
If you have fifteen minutes and have no idea what to do with your hair for the day, this headband will save the day! This funky and fun tutorial shows you exactly how to reconstruct a t-shirt to create a headband that you can wear over and over again.
- T-shirt Infinity Scarf Refashion Tutorial
Use your old ripped and stained t-shirts to make this cool jersey infinity scarf. Cut up the shirts, keeping only the salvageable parts, and piece them together again for a fun look.
- Braided, Wrapped, and Knotted Tie Dye T-shirt Headbands
Tie dying shirts is fun, but making them into headbands is even more of a blast! Learn how with this easy-to-follow tutorial.
- T-Shirt Slippers
This is a clever way to upcycle t-shirts. All you need is string and strips of t-shirt fabric to weave the bottoms of these slippers. No sewing is required for this upcycling project!
- T-Shirt Reconstruction Pouch
If you're in need of a new makeup bag or some DIY travel organizers, look no further than this tutorial! This quick little craft helps you create a petite zippered pouch that's the perfect size to carry all your makeup essentials for a long day out on the town or a weekend trip.
- DIY T-Shirt Swaddler
When it comes to free sewing patterns for babies, nothing is more usable than a swaddler. It's so functional and costs practically nothing to make.
- Refashioned T-Shirt Baby Mittens
These DIY mittens are so easy to make, and homemade mittens are the perfect solution to newborn fingernails that can cut and scratch. The T-shirt material is lightweight enough to be comfortable and airy but will still keep your baby's hands nice and warm.
- T-Shirt Infinity Scarf
Turn your old t-shirts into scarves with this free infinity scarf sewing pattern. You'll love having an infinity scarf in every color with this affordable tutorial.
- Easy T Shirt Aprons
Everyone has an excess of old T-shirts hanging around. Here's a good beginner sewing project that refashions your old rags into easy t-shirt aprons.
How to Repurpose Old T Shirts Into DIY Home Decor
Finally, get ready to give your home a makeover with these amazing uses for old t-shirts. Who knew you could make so many types of home decor pieces with a few easy recycled t-shirt projects? Pillows, coasters, quilts... The possibilities are endless if you just take the time to peruse our craft ideas for old t-shirts. All these tutorials are such easy ways to transform old shirts that might've otherwise gone in the trash into something useful for your house.
- Easy T-Shirt Quilt Tutorial
This tutorial is just the thing you need to transform your shirts that may have a special meaning to you, but that you may not wear all that often. Don't toss the tees that remind you of a certain time in your life. Instead, turn them into this t-shirt quilt design.
- Souvenir T-Shirt DIY Pillow
Do you have a bunch of old concert or vacation tees that you can't bring yourself to get rid of? This pattern is a great way to transform an unwearable shirt into a cute pillow.
- Recycled T-Shirt Stocking
Make a DIY Christmas decoration that's eco-friendly with this pattern. Make stockings for your whole family this Christmas that are cute and unique.
- Upcycled T-Shirt Into Stadium Cushion
Use this stadium seat pattern to turn an old t-shirt into a useful cushion you can bring to all the games. Stop sitting on the cold bleachers and start cheering for your team in comfort.
- Braided T-Shirt Coaster
This tutorial will show you how to refashion your old clothes into coasters that'll serve all your kitchen needs. This green craft can be made using any old tees, so you can sew them in any number of color combinations to match the seasons and your sets of dishes.
- DIY T-Shirt Reconstruction Pillowcases
Preserve your favorite sports team, event, school spirit, or vacation tee by creating these pillowcases. This is a quick and a simple craft that will last a lifetime.
- Fool Proof Tee Cushion
Make a pillow and eliminate all of those extra tee shirts at the same time with this pattern. You'll be surprised at how simple it is to learn how to make a pillow.
What's the best thing you've ever made out of an old t-shirt? Tell us in the comments below!
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