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
Upcycle Old T-shirts
Fringes are definitely trendy this season, and you can jump on the trend bus without breaking the bank! You can turn an old T-shirt into a fashionable fringed scarf just by making a few cuts. Pick a shirt as colorful as you want!
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.
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
Old t-shirts really don't get the loving they deserve. Most of us would either toss or donate our old clothes, thinking there's really no use for them other than the obvious clothing purpose. But old t-shirts possess a great ability to transform into something new. In this ep ...more
Upcycle your old T-shirts into a classy and fashionable corset top! All you need are some basic sewing notions, in addition to eyelets and eyelet pliers. Embellish your corset top with ribbon, appliques, rhinestones or any other accessory you fancy.
Can't quite figure out to do with your old clothes? Upcycle your old tees into a cozy beanbag pillow chair with this crafter's guide from the folks at MAKE. For more information on turning your own t-shirts into pillow cases, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watc ...more
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
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
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
Doesn't this feminine and romantic halter top look like something you'd see at a high end retailor like Ann Taylor? Silky and soft, this halter top is actually made from an old oversized t-shirt. Don't believe us? Then check out this video to get the how-to. A few stitches he ...more
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
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
The Thread Heads hang out at the Renegade Craft Fair in New York. Then they teach us how to make a bikini from an old tee! It's a ways into the video, so jump ahead if you just want the how to. Hot!
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
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
A drawstring halter dress is so perfect for summer. They're cute and breezy, allowing your skin to breathe, and aren't too boxy, so they don't visually add extra pounds to your silhouette. Learn how to repurpose old T-shirts into this summertime staple by watching this video. ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Save the Earth and look hot doing it! This swimwear project is cheap and easy. The sexy GiannyL demonstrates this DIY closet hack that's simple and cheap. The eco-friendly bathing suit in this how-to video is a sexy mix of recycling and fashion. Learn how to recycle and old t ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
When it comes to "Harry Potter" movie premieres, it seems that you just can't get through one without wondering if the movie theater you're at has turned into Hogwarts. The true fans always dress up in their wizarding best, from long cloaks to striped ties to Harry's famous gl ...more
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.
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
Need a camera stabilizer, but don't have the cash? With an old pair of jeans, a bag of lentils, and an hour or two of your time, you can DIY one for cheap (or free)! This tutorial by Jeff Meyer on Digital Camera World uses a sewing machine, but if you don't have one, or don't ...more
Rescue a piece of roadside furniture, or give your own loveseat or couch a new look. This tutorial shows you how you can upcycle and add some new upholstery. Make sure you are careful to clean any furniture you find on the side of the road.
Get a plain cardigan at a thrift store or vintage store and then use these few tips to jazz it up a bit! Switch out the buttons and add a few floral embellishemtns you can make out of felted wool.
You know all those t-shirts that you accumulate randomly? Like that XXL t-shirt you got from Subway during their holiday promotion, or that Key Club t-shirt you wore once and never touched again? You can certainly throw these too big tees out, but have you ever thought about ...more
A plastic bag made out of plastic bags that's stronger than its constituent parts and reusuable for shopping trips? How did we not think of this before? While there's been a green movement recently to upcycle "junk" or "trash" into something usable, like old t-shirts into groc ...more
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
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
These days, everything is about efficiency. We're always looking for the fastest way to do things, from producing faster cars to faster internet. This need to get things done fast also extends to home organization, where we basically have a "keep" and "toss" pile. But if you ...more
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
Not sure what to do with all those oversized "night shirts"? Well, think twice before you throw them out. In this tutorial, learn how to reconstruct your oversized tees into a sexy rocker fitted halter top that ties in the back, quickly and with ease. This is a great way to ad ...more
Check out this video to learn how to make a picnic blanket backpack out of all your old tee-shirts.
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
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
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
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
There is hope for your old work out shirts after all. Here is how to save your sweat-stained white T- shirts from becoming a cleaning rag.
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
Upcycle all your old wine corks into a cute Christmas craft! Take six wine corks, some glitter (red, green and gold), some glue and a screw top wine cap for the base of the tree. Add tiny eyelets or buttons as ornaments!
One of the most fun pieces of clothing to turn into cool new styles is the plain old Hanes white tee. These shirts are super cheap to buy and can be found in any drug or department store. In this video, Elizabeth Gleeson will show you how to cut, dye and sew your t-shirt into ...more
An electrophorus is a type of capacitor that generates electrostatic energy. Most of you probably know this force as static electricity, the domain of door handles and polyester shirts. It can be used for all sorts of other fun science experiments though, and this video will s ...more
Michelangelo once said that, "every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it." While this profound observation was about artistic endeavor, the same idea can be applied to old, seemingly worthless T-shirts. Rather than throw your ...more
Repurpose your old T-shirts! Create a fun summer look by creating a halter top/corset style look out of an old T-shirt. All you need is a sharp pair of scissors and a few embellishements or accessories. You won't even need a sewing machine.
There are many ways to reform your old t-shirts, but this is an easy way to use yours. By taking your unused t-shirts and adding a few stiches here and there, you can create a reusable bag that can be carried along with you during shopping trips to the grocery store or booksto ...more
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
T-shirts are practical and unfailingly comfortable, but not particularly known for looking either sexy or fashionable (they're more, shall we say, frumpy, than anything else). But did you know that within the ugly duckling that is your blank gray T-shirt is a beautiful swan of ...more
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.
A group of tricks, including how to put studs in your own jeans and delogo your old polo shirts. No better way to fight the corporate power!