A round up of 15 creative ideas for what to do with old t-shirts. From creating accessories and jewelry to bags, clothing and more!
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 to restyle, rewear, and repurpose old t-shirts in new creative ways.
1. DIY tie dye t-shirt headband
Here are 4 creative ways to make a fun tie-dye headbands with your old tshirts via Pretty Life Girls.
2. Striped t-shirt market bag
Make this chic little market bag from an old striped tshirt via PS I made this.
3.Make fabric yarn with old tees
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
Make this fun statement necklace by snipping up an old tshirt! Via Frugal-nomics
5. Pencil skirt from t-shirt
Upcycle 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? Wel how about a braided belt? Via Delia Creates
7. Upcycled tshirt DIY dog toy
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
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
What a perfect way to upcycle those graphic tees. Make this fun fringed no-sew beach bag via Gap
10. DIY workout headband
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
Make this Balenciaga inspired crop top via Biskvittka
12. Polka dot upcycled t-shirt scarf
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. Repurposed braided t-shirt bracelets
Make these fun colorful arm candy bracelet with this tutorial via Henry Happened.
14. Fringe t-shirt necklace
The fringe trend is going strong! Make this fun fringe necklace from and upcycled tshirt with this how-to via Blog Dizajneko.
15. T-shirt rag rug tutorial
Remember that fabric yarn? Here’s how you can make it into a durable rag rug via Hannah in the House.
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Neeraj SinghviMay 9, 2021
Wow! these ideas are so awesome. Love the way you have put in so many things to be done with old tees.
JenniferApril 5, 2021
These are all great ideas! I will need to try some of these!
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EileenApril 8, 2021
Asumpta GathoniApril 18, 2017
This was such a good list. I especially loved the pencil skirt from a T shirt.
Heather WhiteOctober 24, 2016
These are great diys and inspirations for my future posts. Thanks!
ChloeApril 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
LA PickerJanuary 6, 2016
Really creative ideas here!
Parana ArtesanalJune 7, 2015
Wonderful! The crop top is a perfect bra!
Chrysa DuranDecember 5, 2014
Wow what great ideas for the use of old tshirts! I would have never thought of 99% of these ideas. Truly amazing.
Michelle F.December 4, 2014
THose are some great ideas! I love to upcycle my old clothes.
Margarita IbbottDecember 4, 2014
That was such a cool post. Love that you are recycling.
Shari Von HoltenDecember 3, 2014
love these ideas!! tye die is the way to go.
Alysia CasteelsDecember 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 😛
Franc RamonDecember 2, 2014
These are really creative ways to recycle old clothes. It would also be great gift ideas for the holidays.
Liz @ A Nut in a NutshellDecember 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.
CourtneyLynne StormsDecember 2, 2014
Omg these are all such fabulous ideas!!! Really loving the headband!!!
Victoria HDecember 2, 2014
I have some old shirts available. I will have to make sure that i give this idea a try.
owensmomDecember 2, 2014
Cute ideas! So many ways to up-cycle those old T-shirts.
maria @ close to homeDecember 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.
Marie MoodyDecember 2, 2014
Whoa, now that’s ingenious! I never heard of such a thing, but waste not want not! So many cool ideas.
NolieDecember 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.
Michelle HweeDecember 2, 2014
Great DIYs! I love them 🙂 I will definitely try out the headband one, looks so pretty!!
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!
Mia MyrabevDecember 2, 2014
oh wow, I love 4, 5 and 11 they are so creative and awesome
Ana Elizabeth Malate GuazonDecember 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. 🙂
Angelic @ SimplySinova.comDecember 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
Zelma G. SaucedaSeptember 29, 2014
What a creative person you are..I will make sure I visit you site often.:-)
EileenOctober 5, 2014
Lux @ Bared My SoulSeptember 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. 😛
EileenSeptember 9, 2014
Thanks dear! Well I’m sure you’ll be putting your old tshirts to good use now 🙂
Lisa ColemanAugust 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!!
EileenSeptember 2, 2014
Thanks Lisa! Glad you enjoy them!
carolineAugust 17, 2014
Ahhh I love this!
EileenSeptember 2, 2014
Thanks dear! Xo