I don’t know about you but I have always had bags of clothing waiting for some miracle to happen. Specially t-shirts! Let’s look at what to do with them with these 12 Upcycled old t-shirt ideas.
Did you know upcycle clothing is a thing? I am a sucker for upcycling everything. There is something so thrilling about taking something destined for Goodwill or a landfill and recreating it again.
What is an upcycled shirt?
Upcycling is a type of recycling that involves taking something that is no longer useful or desired and giving it a new life by transforming it into something that is both useful and stylish.
This can be done in many different ways. And some of them don’t even require sewing!
An upcycled shirt is a shirt that has been repurposed from an existing garment, rather than being made from new raw materials.
You can cut the shirt into a different shape, adding embellishments or patches, or using dye to give it a new color. Upcycled shirts are a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to buying new clothing, and they often have a unique and creative aesthetic.
So…as I was purging my t-shirt collection and my husband’s, I thought…
What can I turn an old shirt into?
Turns out, a whole lot of things you wouldn’t even think of! So keep reading.
This week I have gathered some fun upcycled t-shirt ideas for you that I can’t wait to show you.
12 Upcycled T Shirt DIY Ideas
It is always a good idea to support and appreciate the talents and creations of others. If you have a little girl, like Ashley and are interested in crafts, you may enjoy checking out this gorgeous skirt made out of old t-shirts.
Ashley will help to encourage and inspire you to fill your little girl wardrobe with great upcycled fashion on a dime!
At Sew Like my Mum, they support sustainable fashion as well. Check out how they tossed this shirt in the upcycling pile and finally decided to make a new sundress/bathing suit cover-up. They went for this lovely ruffled dressed.
Is it cheaper to upcycling clothes?
Although I want to shout out that Yes! Of course, it depends on the situation. In some cases, upcycling clothes can be cheaper than buying new clothes because you are using materials that you already have and don’t have to spend any money.
However, if you want to add embellishments or embroidery, lace, buttons, etc. it may end up being more expensive.
What I can surely tell you from experience is that the satisfaction of the job created with old clothes, like old jeans you will never wear again, makes up for the rest.
Your creativity will be thrilled with the DIY experience.
Among all the creative ways in which you can transform old fabrics, I thought this one was genius. Get rid of all those unnecessary plastic shopping bags and instead recycle your old t-shirts.
Tracy shows you a few different ways to upcycle old t-shirts. With so many ideas, maybe you can start an Etsy shop for these, lol.
She uses these ones either for produce or for beach or summertime toys. I agree with her that it has to be for big produce for this to work fine. Tote bags work better to go to the market for me.
More inspiration with a total different craft and a new item. This one is great for beginners. No need to go top the thrift store anymore to buy a toy for your pet. Even they can can benefit from your recycling!
Besides using old t-shirts, if you have fabric scraps lying around, this is a perfect craft to put them to good use.
A little girl can never have to many leggings! These are so cute! Ashley will teach you how to do it with just 2 fabric pieces.
This is so adorable and perfect for the Fourth of July! See the full tutorial in here by Jembellish.
Here’s a video of how to make one.
Merrick’s Art is back for another fun refashion today. Inspired by all the contrasting sleeved tops out there right now, they gave it a go.
It takes 2 t-shirts, a plain and a patterned one. Date night material, totally agree on that.
The Thread Riding Hood brings this wonderful idea to the sustainable fashion industry of the upcycling! A simple Kid’s dress out of extra-small women’s tees.
I already had made some woolly boot sock with old sweaters when I was a teen. You just need the long sleeve and I remember I didn’t even sew them at all.
Upstyledaily shows you step by step how to make boor socks with old t-shirts. Check it out.
This is so adorable and perfect for the Fourth of July!
Aren’t those fun ideas? Which one are you going to try first??
I have some dresses for the 4th of July made with upcycled t-shirts here as well. And also How to Make Hair Bows from Old T-Shirts.
In fact, I have done lots of them haha.
To see more fun ideas, I have gathered a ton ideas that I have done in the past.
Check them out below: