Guest Post: Re-Purposing T Shirts

by Merissa on September 14, 2012

in Featured, Frugal Clothing

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Enjoy today's guest post from my new friend Lisa! Lots of great ideas here on what to do with an old shirt. ~ M

Do you have a t-shirt that is too big, too small, too ugly, too short, too long, or too stained...? Don’t toss it out or donate it… make
something great with it!

I am not a seamstress. In fact, I will let you in on a little known fact… I flunked sewing in Junior High. But these ideas are easy enough that you can do them with limited skills, few supplies and they are great to do with kids too! Now, I am not really all that good at remembering to take pictures of when I make stuff. So, these RePurposed crafts can all be found in different variations on the internet or Pinterest, so if you are visual, you can find them.

RePurpose #1 – No-Sew T-shirt Scarf - - Why pay a lot of money on Etsy when you can make a cool scarf in ten minutes with no out of pocket cash! There are a couple ways you can do this. First, take a couple t-shirts, lay them out flat on the table/floor. Take sharp scissors and cut strips, starting at the bottom hem, straight across. You can make them as narrow or as wide as you like. You can make them all the same width or all different. And, it’s okay if you are not straight or if the strips have uneven edges. Cut all the way until you get to the armpits. From there, take each loop of t-shirt fabric, put your foot in one end and pull with your hands on the other end to stretch it out. This will make the cut edges curl and give a finished look. From there you can gather up as many loops as you like and put them on – you can wear them as a single loop scarf or you can double them up to make a pretty cowl-like infinity scarf. So cute, and so easy!

RePurpose #2 – No-Sew T-shirt Pillow - - This is a great idea if you have a t-shirt that you like the logo but it doesn’t fit anymore. Lay the t-shirt on the table smooth it out flat. Take a ruler and draw the space that you would want to be the pillow face. Then take a ruler and measure a box around that box that is about 2-3 inches wider. Take sharp scissors and cut through the double layer of t-shirt. Now you can cut 1” wide cuts into the fabric. When you are done, go around and tie the matching ends one for one (top fabric to bottom fabric). When there is about 4” of space left to be tied, use that spot to fill with pillow stuffing, then finish tying off. Easy-peasy, and a great gift!!

RePurpose #3 – T-shirt Headband – These are pretty popular right now, and how fun! You can make a darling headband and be a hero to your daughter/neice/granddaughter. Cut a 4” or so wide strip from an t-shirt. Cut the seams off on side of it. From there you can sew the seam together where it will be just tight enough (but not too
tight) around your head. You can stop there, or you can add little embellishments to the headband (t-shirt flowers, button flowers and more).

RePurpose #4 T-shirt Ice/heat pack – Got a headache? Sore muscles? Here is a an easy remedy. Cut a square out of your t-shirt (include the back of the shirt too), flip it right side in. Then you can hand or
machine sew around three of the four sides. Turn the pack right-side-out. Fill the space about half way with regular long grain rice from the store, and then finish it off by sewing it shut. Put it in the microwave for 30 seconds for a heating pack, or you can store it in the freezer to always have an ice pack handy for injuries.

RePurpose #5 – Tank Top Tote – Okay, this one takes the cake in easiness and cuteness! You can use a little girl’s tank top that they have outgrown (they have such cute fabrics) with spaghetti straps, or even one of your own for a larger bag. It works best if it is a spaghetti or a thin strapped top. Turn it inside out and sew the bottom together (hand or machine) and when you are done, turn it right side out again, and there you have it, a super cute and easy tote. Great for the beach, books or farmers market shopping!

So, as you can see, a t-shirt is not just a t-shirt! What can you make from yours? Don’t donate that old t-shirt…. Repurpose it and make it new to you!

Get even more repurposing ideas!

Lisa is a born again Christian, who lives life to serve the Lord. She is blessed to be a a wife, mom of three, grandma of one and homeschool as well. She would have been a great little momma on the prairie! She blogs at A Ransomed Life.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 *** simply me*** Living a simple life September 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

Love the ideas… thanks


2 Susan McClellan Plotts September 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

and one more: cut the bottom off (leave the top part as long as you want); sew a ruffle skirt around the bottom. easy-peasy


3 Mel Free September 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

I would like pics of these..I especially would like to see the scarf!..thanks, ahead of time!


4 Linda Carver Rosenau September 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Good ideas – however, I only see FIVE ideas – am I missing something??? – also, please add photos – I don’t quite understand the descriptions. Thank you. 🙂


5 Merissa September 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Added some pics and yes, changed it to 5, whoops!


6 Sarah September 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Hi, me again, I wanted to check out Lisa’s blog, but couldn’t find a link that lead to the right place. Could you give more info on her blog? ***Correction from last comment “thinking” not “think”


7 Merissa September 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Just fixed the link:)


8 silver price September 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

You can wear your scarf anyway you want it. I prefer it looped twice, but you can wear it long as well. I imagine that if you used a larger shirt that you could probably loop it three or four times.


9 'Becca September 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

Another great use for old T-shirts is to cut them into squares to use as handkerchiefs. They don’t have to be hemmed because the fabric hardly ravels, and they are very soft!


10 Connie November 25, 2012 at 6:49 am

You can also cut the shirts into squares and us in place of tiolet paper. Just set up a bucket wit a little detergent to soak them in til you are ready to wash them.I have also thought about cutting the sayings if of them and making a quilt out of them.


11 cool tshirts December 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

I seriously liked the idea of No-Sew T-shirt Scarf. It is a real happiness for thrifty and no-sew guy like me 😉 Thanks for this wonderful idea. Rest of the post is too full of some great ideas that I can’t wait to share with my fellow partners.


12 Yonex Sterno July 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

It’s amazing what you can do with being creative these days. And you’re right – Tank Top Tote is just cute. Thanks for the tips!


13 Joseph November 3, 2015 at 10:37 pm

Its awesome, We love this article its an inspiration we hope to share this with our readers


14 saad naeem January 20, 2017 at 11:11 am

perfect article!

We have a tshirts printing company and we will definately be using the guide you have provided above and we might need to increase our product line.


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