What to do with Old T Shirts (17 Cool Ideas)

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Don’t throw out your old T Shirts! Dye, Paint or Upcycle them into something new with these fun DIY T Shirt Crafts Ideas

Who doesn’t love a great T shirt? Do you have that one awesome shirt hanging in your closet that you reach for all the time? I know I do. Actually, some of my favorite tees are my hubby’s shirts … nice and soft and comfy!

But, there is such a thing as too many t shirts in your closet. These days there are new t shirts made for every single event, club and charity which is great but let’s face it, nobody wants your old Shift Manager of May 2010 t shirt, right?

So, what can you do with that closet full of old, still useful shirts? Here are 17 cool ideas so grab your Fabric Scissors, Markers and Tie Dye Kits!

What to do with an old t shirt - diy tee shirt crafts

Can’t I just Donate my Old T Shirts?

Yes, absolutely! Honestly, I used to haul them all off to some thrift shop like Goodwill. But, then I learned that about half of the old clothing taken to thrift shops ends up in a landfill.

Thrift shops and charity organizations are given so many clothes and other household goods that they just can’t sell it all fast enough. Decluttering and minimalism are the new trend, apparently.

Hey, I just finished How to Make Tshirt Yarn and here is a tutorial which shows you How to Join TShirt Yarn and Denim Yarn.

But maybe somebody needs my old T Shirt

Yeah, I used to feel guilty cutting up a perfectly good shirt or pair of jeans. Someone can still use that item, right? But, if you’ve been to a Goodwill store lately, you’ve seen just how many great t shirts they already have.

Nobody really needs mine… or yours. They get enough. Especially, if we can upcycle or repurpose it into something that will be useful and probably last for a very long time.

Update: I first created this article about what to do with old t shirts years ago. Regrettably, some of the crafts you see in the images are no longer available. Fortunately, though, I was able to find some other fun t shirt crafts to take their place.

As always, if you have a great idea for how to upcycle an old t shirt, please share in the comments below.

16 T-Shirt Craft Projects, Fiberartsy.com
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Useful Supplies for T Shirt Crafts

Finally, here is my fun collection of tee shirt craft projects you can do with old or even new t shirts. The jersey knit fabric that tees are made of makes them perfect for upcycling and repurposing into diy skirts, tights or tank tops.

Furthermore, you can braid them, dye them, tie dye them or paint them! Plus, if you’re interested in more than just t shirt crafts, here are some fun Scrap Fabric Projects and Crafts with Burlap Fabric you may like.

A great big THANK YOU to the lovely ladies that came up with these clever crafts and for allowing me share them with you. So go create something fun with an old t shirt!

DIY Bracelets from Recycled T Shirts

by Crafts By Amanda

Bracelet made from recycled tee shirt

DIY Onesie Dress Tutorial

by The Thrifty Couple

Upcycled Onesie into a Dress

T Shirts Dyed with Sharpies

by Artsy Momma

Tie Dye T Shirts with Sharpie Markers

Upcycled T Shirt Necklace

by 3 Little Greenwoods

Necklace made from an upcycled T Shirt

Braided T Shirt Keychain

by Crafts by Amanda

Upcycled T Shirt Braided Keychain

T Shirt Painted with Tiger Stripes

by FiberArtsy

Tiger Stripes Painted T Shirt

Iron On Love Birds Tee Shirt

by Crafts By Amanda

T Shirt with Iron On Love Birds Design

Dye a T Shirt with a Bleach Pen

by FiberArtsy

Decorate with Bleach Pen, Fiberartsy.com

Upcycled: T Shirt Yarn Coasters

by Carolyn’s Homework

Upcycled T Shirt Yarn Braided Coasters

Patriotic Ombre Tie Dye T Shirts

by Mom Endeavors

Patriotic Ombre Dyed T Shirts

Fabric Painted Tie Dye T Shirts

by Crafts By Amanda

Fabric Paint Dyed T Shirts

DIY Frozen T Shirts

by A Temporary Tourist

DIY Frozen T Shirt Craft

Faux Tie Dye T Shirt Scarf

by Apron Strings And Other Things

Faux Tie Dye Scarf made from an old t shirt

Freezer Paper Stencil for T Shirts

by Bless This Mess

Freezer Paper Stencil for T Shirts

Best Dad Ever T Shirt Idea

by Simply Kelly Designs

Best Dad T Shirt Idea

T Shirt Yarn Braided Basket

by Carolyn’s Homework

Braided cotton t shirt Basket

Reverse Tie Dyeing with Bleach

by FiberArtsy

Reverse Tie Dye with Bleach

Can You Use Paint on a Shirt?

Yes, you can use paint on a shirt but make sure it’s fabric paint. Regular paint such as acrylic craft paint is too stiff when it dries. For fabric, you want to use paint that stays pliable.

Want More T Shirt Crafts Ideas?

Finally, if you’re looking for more inspiration on what to do with old t shirts, here is an article with 20 more t shirt craft ideas from HuffPost.

Easy DIY T Shirts Crafts Ideas

16 T-Shirt Craft Projects, Fiberartsy.com

What to do with Old T Shirts

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  1. Thanks so much for including my projects, just pinned!


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