3 Repurposed T-shirt Crafts

3 Repurposed T-shirt Crafts

Turn old T-shirts into fun, functional crafts with our ideas and simple instructions.



1. T-shirt Scarves
Cut and tie old T-shirts together — no sewing or knitting required.

Instructions

  1. Remove sleeves, collar and bottom hem; set aside
  2. Cut 1-inch strips horizontally across the shirt to make a dozen or more rings
  3. Stretch out each loop slightly. Bundle strips together*
  4. Tie loops together with thin pieces of T-shirt material gathered from sleeves, collar and hem
  5. Connect loops until desired length is formed

*Tip: The more loops you make, the thicker and shorter the finished scarf will become.

Tip
: Create an infinity scarf: Continue to tie the loops until the first and last loops connect.

2. Flower Headbands
Grab a T-shirt and create soft, unique headbands for friends, kids or yourself.

Instructions

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  1. Cut a 2-inch wide strip long enough to go around your head.
  2. Wrap the strip around your head and mark where ends meet
  3. Cut 1 inch off markings to ensure finished band will be snug
  4. Stitch the ends together by machine or hand; set aside
  5. Create a flower petal pattern (4 petals work well) on paper; cut out
  6. Trace pattern onto fabric and cut out 3-4 layers of petals
  7. Layer the petals so they’re fanned out in the flower shape; stitch straight down the middle
  8. Stitch the flower design to original headband piece

3. T-Shirt Tote
Create a chic handmade tote by sewing the bottom hem shut, cutting the sleeves out and leaving the armholes as handles. Cut 3-inch slits in the top shirt for a stylish look.

Make a more durable bag: Prepare two totes, then insert one into the other with the outer materials facing each other. Sew aligned handles together at 1/2-inch seam allowance, and flip inside out.

Tip: Cut 3-inch slits in the top shirt for a stylish look.

Do you have any clever uses for old T-shirts? Share them in the comments section below!

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The T-Shirt Tote would make a great back pack for toys. Possibly using 2 tees they have outgrown and can't bear to give away. Use the durable bag idea (without the slits). The arms can be stitched across the seam and used as handles or put on like a backpack. Instant fit and not too big for small thing to get lost in. Very personalized for each child.

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