Upcycle Old T-shirts

How To : Upcycle an old t-shirt into a mini messenger bag

Got a few old t-shirts lying around your closet? Unclutter your space while reusing and reducing waste by watching this tutorial, where you'll find out how to breathe new life into an old t-shirt by transforming it into a mini messenger bag. This quick tutorial leverages an u ...more

How To : Upcycle an old t-shirt into a puff-sleeved shirt

Got a bunch of old, too large t-shirts lying around that you don't want to throw away, but that you also can't seem to wear? Then take the high road by upcycling it into this on-trend puff sleeved shirt. Take a look at this fashion DIY video for the how-to.

How To : Upcycle an old t-shirt into a sexy halter top

We can bet you have at least a few old t-shirts lying around that you know you're never going to wear but can't seem to throw away for sentimental reasons. Well, rather than simply letting your clothing collect dust, we've got a genius idea for you: Why not turn that old t-shi ...more

How To : Upcycle old clothes into chic wine gift bags

We all have a bag of old clothes somewhere, or old clothes lying randomly around the closet. You know, the t-shirt that's too ratty or that dress you got from Ann Taylor that looked perfectly in season a few years ago but now you can't bring yourself to wear anywhere. While y ...more

How To : Make tarn (t-shirt yarn) from old t-shirts

Got a bag of old t-shirts that have been with you too long that you don't want to throw them away, but are piling up too fast that you're tempted to toss them on the counter at the Salvation Army? Keep your old t-shirts by your side without compromising storage space by making ...more

How To : Turn an old t-shirt into a sexy one-shoulder top

You know that pile of old t-shirts that you've accumulated over the years that you've never gotten around to wearing? Sure you could toss them over to the Salvation Army and call it a day, but why throw something away that you can turn into a wearable work of art? Take a gand ...more

How To : Recycle old t-shirts into decorative bunting

Ah, bunting. In the crafting/Etsy world, bunting is one of the simplest pieces of decor to make as well as one of the cheapest, yet because of its minimalistic simplicity it's also one of the prettiest crafts ever. Bunting is basically garlands decorated with triangle-shaped ...more

How To : Make a halter dress out of old t-shirts

Of two old t shirts, one is taken and marked from the collar to under the armpit on all four sides of the t shirt. The marked lines are cut along. The shirt is tried on and pinched and pinned under armpit until the right fit and marked with chalk. Both sides of the shirt is cu ...more

How To : Upcycle old wine corks into a cork board

Do you find that there's no better way to unwind from a long, hectic day than to put on Joni Mitchell, kick off your heels, and pour yourself a glass of Chardonnay? If so, then you more likely than not have an assortment of wine corks from wine bottles you've inhaled. You pro ...more

How To : Create cute underwear from old t-shirts

You've probably seen old t-shirts being turned into dresses, miniskirts, and if you're a fan of Gianny L, even two-piece bikinis, but you've probably never even thought about it transforming them into underwear. It may seem a bit odd at first, but making these intimate pieces ...more

How To : Make old t-shirts into tote bags

If you have kids, chances are you also have a pile of t-shirts that said rapidly-growing little ones have outgrown. Rather than throw them out or donate them, make them into something new! This video from Threadbanger will teach you how to sew two old t-shirts into a fun new t ...more

How To : Turn your old t-shirts into throw pillows

Turn your old t-shirts into pillow covers. You will need: Old T-shirts Cushion – 14” x 14” Ruler Rotary cutter or scissors Colored chalk to mark fabric • First, cut around the T-shirt. Then, cut the front of the T-shirt avoiding the neck and the sleeves. • Cut the top part o ...more

How To : Knit old T-shirts into a T-shirt rug

T-shirt rugs and placements exactly like the one presented in this tutorial sell for upwards of $150 at home decorating stores, so why not save money and reduce your consumption by simply repurposing old T-shirts yourself? Watch this video to see how to knit together a T-shir ...more

How To : Sew easy pillow shams from old t-shirts and fabric

Anyone who's tried to redecorate their home or even one room in their home knows that between new furniture, paint, and new upholstery, the budget for the job - or lack thereof - begins to skyrocket quickly. You can cut back at least a little bit, though, on matching pillowca ...more

How To : Make a "no sew" bag out of an old t-shirts

This video shows the viewer how to turn an old t-shirt into a tough bag that can then be reused many times. This is done by first cutting the sleeves off. This creates a top that resembles a tank top. The t-shirt should then be turned inside out and then covered completely in ...more

How To : Upcycle old jewelry into a fashionable bracelet

Got a bunch of old mismatched (or just plain fugly) necklaces and bracelets lying around? If you're like us, your first thought is "ew" and your second thought is to toss them, fast. But there's more fashionable potential in these jewelry pieces than you think. Check out this ...more

How To : Make scarves from old T-shirts

Making three different scarves out of an old T-shirt is fast and simple. For the first one, lay the t-shirt out flat and cut horizontally from one underarm to the other. Next, cut one layer of the tube. Now cut straight lines every 1/2" inch all the way up to the last inch of ...more

News : Old T-Shirts Reincarnated as Underwear

Logan of Supernaturale has posted instructions how to make a pair of homemade undies out of your favorite old tees. Logan says, "I know you've got them, lurking in drawers, the back of the closet, in the "giveaway" pile: those T-shirts that are, for various reasons, both unwe ...more

How To : 12 Creative Ways to Reuse Old T-Shirts

Got a bunch of T-shirts you need to get rid of? Depending on how nostalgic you are for your high school choir club shirt or rock concert tee from your college days, you can cut up your former threads into a dishrag or gym headband. Or, just memorialize those tees forever as f ...more

How To : Upcycle an old book into a planter

A planter from a book? Recycling - or, rather, upcycling - these days seems to get weirder and weirder, but hear us out on this one. After all, there's no need to purchase new planters for small house plants at Home Depot when you can make a super cool vintage book planter you ...more

How To : Cut and reconstruct your old oversized t-shirts

Revamp your old tees with help this four-part tutorial! Take your older tees and reconstruct them to fit your style! In this video, learn different styles and tricks & tips to mold your old oversized tshirts into a new fashion piece! Part 1 of 4 - How to Cut and reconstruct yo ...more

How To : Upcycle an old tank into an overall tank top

Got an old tank top that has a beautiful print but whose shape is a little out of fashion? Don't just let it collect dust in your closet or toss it over to Goodwill! Check out this DIY video to learn how to sew together an overall tank top. This overal tank top will add a fre ...more

How To : Upcycle an old and worn out pair of jeans

Sometimes jeans are just beyond repair, but it doesn't seem quite right to throw them away. This video gives you a few good ideas on how you can upcycle a worn out pair of jeans into a lampshade or notebook cover.

How To : Upcycle an old bed sheet into yarn for knitting

We enjoy the fuzzy wool yarns at craft stores as much as any other knitter, but did you know that yarn doesn't have to be made from wool or any of the typical yarn fibers? In fact, you can make your own yarn at home. Don't worry, we're not going to put you in front of a weavin ...more

How To : 10 Paper Towel Hacks for Your Kitchen & Beyond

The paper towel is a wondrous invention. It allows cooks to wipe up really gross stuff without having to constantly do laundry and drain fried foods so they're crunchy and crispy instead of oily and heavy. But did you know that your humble paper towel has several other uses be ...more

How To : Sell at Your Local Farmers Market

Are you interested in selling your products at the local Farmers Markets? Many small mom and pop food crafters get started selling their artisan breads, homemade cakes, cookies, pies, biscotti, candy, seasoning mixes or regional barbecue sauces direct to customers who visit lo ...more

How To : Make DIY upcycled wine glasses with Evette Rios

You don't need to get your wine glasses from Bloomingdale's for them to look elegant, chic, and stylish. In fact, if you're trying to squeeze entertaining into your budget right now, you can just pick up a wine glass set from Goodwill and make them your own by personalizing th ...more

How To : Sew a drape neck halter top with Whitney Sews

To us, old T-shirts are just space clutterers, with too much history for my of us to throw away but taking up too much space in our closets to want to keep. But for crafters they're the Holy Grail of crafting supplies. Just ask Whitney from "Whitney Sews," who uses a plain bl ...more

How To : Make yarn for a scarf from recycled strips of silk

If you're a habitual knitter, then you probably go through spools of yarn faster than you can buy them. And while rolls of yarn aren't all too expensive, purchasing many of them frequently does take its toll on your wallet. So why not opt for a cheaper and more eco-friendly ap ...more

How To : Make a hip bubble skirt with Gianny L

DIY fashion guru Gianny L is well known for her ability to turn very blah-looking t-shirts and old pants into stylish, body contouring bikinis, bags, and even Halloween costumes. Watch this Gianny L tutorial to see how to create a brilliant white bubble skirt from about two y ...more

How To : Turn T-shirts into cotton tube yarn

Yarn is certainly not the most expensive fabric-making material world, but why would you spend $5 for a roll when you can spin together yarn yourself? Learn how to craft expensive-looking cotton tube yarn by simply cutting it out of old, unused T-shirts. Watch this video to g ...more

How To : Make a t-shirt memory quilt for beginners

It's always a dilemma when you're organizing your closet and deciding whether you want to keep or throw out a meaningful old t-shirt that you don't wear anymore. Many of our t-shirts have been with us through thick and thin, so preserve their memory (and stop creating more was ...more

How To : Make a scarf out of an old t-shirt

If you have a stack of old t-shirts that sit in your dresser, unworn, why not get some use out of one of them by transforming it into a scarf? Save some money... You'll have scarves for days with this technique! You Will Need: • An old T-shirt • A yard stick • Chalk • Sew ...more

How To : Make Adam Saaks inspired ripped up tshirts

Recycle your old tshirts and make them into something new! ... Or, something that looks old? In this video, learn how to cut up your own t-shirts to create a ripped-up, vintage-looking, rocker look. This project was inspired by Adam Saaks of Ed Hardy Clothing.

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