I am a sucker for upcycling. There is something so thrilling about taking something destined for Goodwill or a landfill and recreating it again. As I was purging my t-shirt collection and my husband’s, I thought…


what to do with old tshirts

Turns out, a whole lot! This week I have gathered some fun upcycled t-shirt ideas for you that I can’t wait to show you. 


Ombre Fringe Skirt


Ruffled T-Shirt for Mom


Ruffled Dress 


Side Gathered Shirt


Recycled T-Shirt Product Bags

I thought this one was genius. Get rid of all those unnecessary plastic shopping bags and instead recycle an old t-shirt. 


T-Shirt Dog Toy

Even the family pet can benefit from your recycling!


Super Simple Leggings

You can never have to many leggings!


Colorful Recycled T-Shirt Rug


Contrasting Sleeve Top


Simple Kid’s Dress


Boot Socks


Betsy Ross Baby

This is so adorable and perfect for the Fourth of July!


Aren’t those fun ideas? Which one are you going to try first?? 

This is a repost that has been updated from 2014 and continues to be a very popular blog post. That goes to show, that as long as there are t-shirts, there are fun, new ideas to repurpose them! 

To see more fun ideas, I have gathered a ton ideas that I have done in the past. Check them out below:

Girls 4th of July Upcycled T-Shirt Dress

How to Make Hair Bows from Old T-Shirts

Girls Upcycled Fringe T-Shirt Cover Up

T-Shirt Skirt 

Upcycled T-Shirt Patch Shorts

T-Shirt Shoelaces

T-Shirt Sleeve Pouches

T-Shirt Yarn


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  1. My daughter was just cutting up tees this weekend! She tried to make a heart design in the back of the tee. Not sure if she got what she wanted but she was creating and having fun with clearance tees. 🙂 I love this pick of you–it’s just a FUN pic! Can’t wait to see what you made.

  2. I love #3 and funny thing I have these cool retro tees from Gap kids I was just trying to figure out what I should make with them!

  3. I guess I’m just not into this that much. I do l ike the tug toy for the dog, but I use my old scrappy t-shirts for dust rags and even swiffer pads. Most are 100% cotton and they do a good job on both chores, plus I can bleach them to remove dust and other floor debris.

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