15 Ways To Repurpose Your Old T-Shirts

What do with old t shirts?

We all have them in our closet, old t-shirts that we never wear, yet we keep for no good reason whatsoever. So why not take them out and refashion them into some fun crafts and useful accessories. Here are 15 great ideas from around the blogosphere to restyle, reuse and rewear your old tshirts in new creative ways.

1. DIY tie dye t-shirt headband

4 ways to make a fun tie dye head band from an old tshirt!

Here are 4 creative ways to make a fun tie-dye headbands with your old tshirt via Pretty Life Girls.

2. Striped t-shirt market bag

Make a striped t-shirt into a cute market bag!

Make this chic little market bag from an old striped tshirt via PS I made this.

3. How to make fabric yarn with old tees

How to make fabric yarn from old t-shirts

Isn’t this a genius little idea? By strategically snipping your old t-shirts you can make you own fabric yarn that you can into all sorts of new things, a scarf, blanket, up to you to decide! Via Let the Birds Fly

4. DIY Recycled t-shirt necklace

DIY recycled tshirt necklace

Make this fun statement necklace by snipping up an old tshirt! Via Frugal-nomics

5. Pencil skirt from t-shirt

Make a t-shirt pencil skirt

Turn that old tee into a comfy cotton pencil skirt in a few easy steps via Just Another Day in Paradise.

6. Braided t-shirt belt


Want another great way to use old T-shirts? Well…how about a braided belt? Via Delia Creates

7. Upcycled tshirt DIY dog toy

DIY dog toy - make this easy no sew ball and tug toy from an old t-shirt and tennis ball!

Here’s one of my latest tutorials where I upcycle an old tshirt into a fun tug and toss toy for my dog. Check out how to make one of your own here on my blog!

8. T-shirt teddy bear

How to make a cute fabric teddy bear from your old tshirts

Breathe new life into your discarded tshirt by crafting it into a loveable new character! Via Handmade Romance

9. DIY no-sew tshirt beach tote

Make this DIY no-sew tshirt beach tote

What a perfect way to upcycle those graphic tees. Make this fun fringed no-sew beach bag via Gap

10. DIY workout headband

DIY work out headband from an old shirt

Keep your bangs or little wispy hairs out of your face during an intense sweat session, or hit the yoga studio in style with this super cute five strand braided headband! Via Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth

11. Balenciaga inspired crop top

DIY: How to make this Balenciaga inspired crop top

Make this Balenciaga inspired crop top via Biskvittka

12. How to make polka dot tshirt scarf

How to make a scarf from an old tshirt

Have a fun patterned old t that you don’t wear anymore? Here’s how to make your very own tshirt scarf, using an old jersey tee. No sewing required! Via Petite L’enfant

13. DIY braided t-shirt bracelets

Make these DIY braided tshirt bracelets

Make these fun colorful arm candy bracelet with this tutorial via Henry Happened.

14. Fringe tshirt necklace

DIY: Make this fun fringed tshirt necklace - perfect for festival season!

The fringe trend is going strong! Make this fun fringe necklace from and upcycled tshirt with this how-to via Blog Dizajneko.

15. Tshirt rag rug tutorial

Make a durable rag run from a few old tshirts!

Remember that fabric yarn? Here’s how you can make it into a durable rag rug via Hannah in the House.

For more fun, easy DIY ideas,
check out my DIY & Crafts Channel!

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  • caroline
    August 17, 2014

    Ahhh I love this!

  • Lisa Coleman
    August 19, 2014

    I love these DIY projects. I never thought of doing much other than painting on or tied-dying T-shirts. These are all so creative and wonderful!!

    • Eileen
      September 2, 2014

      Thanks Lisa! Glad you enjoy them!

  • Lux @ Bared My Soul
    September 6, 2014

    You’re a DIY goddess! I didn’t know we can make these amazing things with our old tshirt. And I thought we can only either give them away or use them as rags. 😛

    • Eileen
      September 9, 2014

      Thanks dear! Well I’m sure you’ll be putting your old tshirts to good use now 🙂

  • Zelma G. Sauceda
    September 29, 2014

    What a creative person you are..I will make sure I visit you site often.:-)

  • Angelic @ SimplySinova.com
    December 2, 2014

    I love, love LOVE DIY crafts! I can’t even tell you how many old t-shirts I have lying around the house. I LOVE the DIY braided t-shirt bracelets, tie dye t-shirt headband and teddy bear! That headband would actually be a great craft to make for my christmas gift exchange <3

  • Ana Elizabeth Malate Guazon
    December 2, 2014

    I used to design clothes before but those are just plain and simple. Your DIY crafts are really cool and beautiful. Thanks for your creativity. 🙂

  • Mia Myrabev
    December 2, 2014

    oh wow, I love 4, 5 and 11 they are so creative and awesome

  • Echo (The Mad Mommy)
    December 2, 2014

    I would have never known that you can do so much with old t-shirts! I love the bear, the dog toy and all of the bags! Fantastic!

  • Michelle Hwee
    December 2, 2014

    Great DIYs! I love them 🙂 I will definitely try out the headband one, looks so pretty!!

  • Nolie
    December 2, 2014

    All great ideas. I really like the teddy bear idea. Totally cute and a great way to repurpose your childs favourite tshirt that they refuse to let you throw out.

  • Marie Moody
    December 2, 2014

    Whoa, now that’s ingenious! I never heard of such a thing, but waste not want not! So many cool ideas.

  • maria @ close to home
    December 2, 2014

    where was this post last week when my daughter threw away 3 bags of clothing, ok donated but we could have done something fun with the shirts with stains etc.

  • owensmom
    December 2, 2014

    Cute ideas! So many ways to up-cycle those old T-shirts.

  • Victoria H
    December 2, 2014

    I have some old shirts available. I will have to make sure that i give this idea a try.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms
    December 2, 2014

    Omg these are all such fabulous ideas!!! Really loving the headband!!!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    December 2, 2014

    I wear headbands a heck of a lot, so I totally love these creative ideas. I had no idea this was all possible.

  • Franc Ramon
    December 2, 2014

    These are really creative ways to recycle old clothes. It would also be great gift ideas for the holidays.

  • Alysia Casteels
    December 3, 2014

    OMg!! This is AWESOME! Thank you so much for this- love it! I’m going to be saving some old tees now, which I”m sure the hubby will be pleased about. He’s always asking me not to get rid of his 😛

  • Shari Von Holten
    December 3, 2014

    love these ideas!! tye die is the way to go.

  • Margarita Ibbott
    December 4, 2014

    That was such a cool post. Love that you are recycling.

  • Michelle F.
    December 4, 2014

    THose are some great ideas! I love to upcycle my old clothes.

  • Chrysa Duran
    December 5, 2014

    Wow what great ideas for the use of old tshirts! I would have never thought of 99% of these ideas. Truly amazing.

  • Parana Artesanal
    June 7, 2015

    Wonderful! The crop top is a perfect bra!

  • LA Picker
    January 6, 2016

    Really creative ideas here!

  • Chloe
    April 24, 2016

    My Gosh, today I did the crop-top shirt thing in 3 hours. My tank top was too short so it didn’t go all the way around (looks more like a bralette) But it looks AMAZING!! Thank you so much

  • Heather White
    October 24, 2016

    These are great diys and inspirations for my future posts. Thanks!

  • Asumpta Gathoni
    April 18, 2017

    This was such a good list. I especially loved the pencil skirt from a T shirt.

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