If you are like most people, you have a stack of T-shirts in your closet that never gets worn. They may be old, stained, the wrong size or just no longer your style. While it is possible to donate or even throw away these old T-shirts, there are plenty of more creative ways to reuse them. Here are five creative uses for all of your old shirts.
1. Create a Funky Scarf
If you have a shirt you love but you don’t wear it often enough to keep around, consider making it into a funky infinity scarf instead. Tutorials available online will show you how to cut off the sleeves and tie together the center of two shirts to create a twisted circle. Toss this scarf on with any outfit for a unique look. Don’t be surprised when you get an abundance of compliments on your craftiness and great style.
2. Make a Quilt
One of the most popular ways to turn a pile of T-shirts into something incredible is to make a quilt. If you know how to sew, start by cutting out 16 or 24 squares from the front of all your T-shirts. Then sew each square together to create a larger square. This will be the front of your quilt. The back can be a large piece of soft material, and the stuffing inside can be a thin uncovered blanket or even down feathers. Even if you don’t know how to sew, you can still use the shirt to make a quilt. Simply find a company who will do the work for you. You can enjoy a wonderful quilt for a reasonable price and have tons of memories thanks to all the shirts used to make it.
3. Use Them to Make a Pillow
T-shirts make the perfect material for a pillow. The worn fabric is soft to the touch and perfect for a comfortable pillow for your couch or bed. For a funky pillow, simply stitch together the bottom hem of the shirt, the arm holes and the neck after stuffing it with cotton. The pillow will resemble a T-shirt in 3D for a cool look in any home. A more traditional pillow can be made by cutting two large squares of materials from the shirt, or from two different shirts. Stitch them together inside out and then flip out and fill with stuffing for throw pillows to place anywhere.
4. Turn it Into a Headband
Cut a one inch section of the sleeve off your favorite old T-shirt to create a headband in just a matter of seconds. The circular section will slip right over your head and keep your hair in place while working out or just hanging out. For best results, use a T-shirt that has spandex in it as well as just cotton. This will mean your headband is more elastic and stretches to fit perfectly.
5. Turn a Shirt Into a Beanbag
For a fun project that children will definitely enjoy, consider turning your old T-shirts into a beanbag collection. Cut several squares of fabric from each shirt and stitch two at a time together with a sewing machine, leaving just an inch of each final square undone. Fill each bag with dried beans and then sew together by hand.
Each of these five creative ideas is a fun way to use old t-shirts to make something new and truly one of a kind.
Sam Negrete is a full-time freelance writer and blogger in New York City. She writes for www.tshirtprinting.org where you can find more information on incorporating t-shirts into art projects.