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61 Awesome Craft Ideas Using Old T-Shirts

Updated on January 25, 2017
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I love arts and crafts. I used to volunteer teach an elementary art class and love sharing tutorials for fun crafts to make with kids.

Are you looking to re-do a t-shirt and want ideas for doing so? Or maybe you want ideas to make crafts using old t-shirts. In this article I'll share with you sites that have outstanding makeovers. Some of the projects are refashions that give a new look, and some of the projects use the old t-shirts to make crafts.

For each of the projects shown in this article, you'll find a nice photo of the project, and the site name and address where you'll find the tutorial or instructions.

For the tutorial for making the back bowed tee shown, go to CREATING Laura

1. Disney Frozen Olaf Shirt

If you've seen the Disney movie, Frozen, you're probably a fan of Olaf. Now you can make a t-shirt to display your favorite Olaf. Find the directions and patterns at Mom ENDEAVORS, and enjoy this craft project.

2. Macrame Knotted Hangers

You'll find a link to a site that tells you how to make t-shirt yarn and then the instructions for making the macrame knotted hangers. The tutorial is found at The L-T Experience, and they also share the yarn link.


3. Multi Strand Scarf

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It's hard to believe that this beautiful, mod scarf was once a lowly t-shirt. RABBIT FOOD FOR MY BUNNY TEETH has the tutorial for making a multi strand scarf like the one shown.

4. Laptop Cover

This is a great way to reuse a loved, but worn, t-shirt. Imagine the college logo t-shirts that start to pile up after a year or two, and what you can make with them....and give as gifts. Go to the Makezine site for the instructions.

5. Cat Tent

Your favorite cat will love you for making this cute hiding place for it. A very easy to make tent for your pet. Find the instructions at Handimania.

6. Fringed T-Shirt Pillow

This is a really cute idea for making pillow gifts. For a boy, use images from sport or animal prints and for little girls use princess or flowery images. Whatever the person you are making the pillow for loves. Go to diy NETWORK to see how easy this project is.

7. Barefoot Sandals

These little barefoot sandals are so adorable. Go to U Create for the tutorial for making baby's barefoot sandals using t-shirts.

8. iPod Holder for Exercising

This would be a great gift for someone who likes to listen to music while exercising. Make this iPod holder by going to Creating my way to Success for the tutorial.

9. One Shoulder, No Sew Shirt

Easy, and no sew, what could make this makeover any easier? The pictures and instructions on the WOBISOBI site makes this a piece of cake. Beautiful too!

10. Make an Apron

Ruffles & Stuff will show you how easy it is to make an apron from a t-shirt. This is a very easy re-do and also a very useful way to reuse a tee. Think of all the different looks you can get with the different colors and logos on the t-shirts.

11. Plastic Bag Buddy

This plastic bag holder is a perfect place to save, and know where they are, plastic bags. The instructions can be found at the instructables website.

12. Folded Roses

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Imagine all the ways to use these flowers besides for jazzing up a scarf. I love this project by CATHIE FILIAN, and can think of lots of uses for these attractive roses.

13. Girl's Upcycled T-Shirt Dress

This is really a sweet little girls dress. I have granddaughters who would look mighty cute in dresses like this. The tutorial for making an upcycled t-shirt dress is found at I AM MOMMA HEAR ME ROAR.

14. Macrame Tank Top

A pretty dressed up t-shirt look for the young ladies. To make one of these macrame top t-shirts, go to CHICTOPIA for the instructions. Outstanding look and not difficult to do.

15. Design a t-shirt

I think this would be a great project to do in a classroom or for an activity for a scout group. HOUSE of JOYFUL NOISE explains how to use the permanent Sharpies and alcohol to set the designs made.

16. Covered Bangle Bracelets

This would be a fun activity for a girl's scout camp or a sleepover night with girl friends. Girls love to make things that they can wear and this is a nice project for them. The instructions for making covered bangle bracelets is at the FAMILY CHIC site.

17. Baby Hats

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Aren't these little baby hats the cutest? Because they are made from t-shirts, they are nice and soft for the baby too. The instructions for making these baby hats can be found at CAPTAIN CRAFTY. A cute baby gift idea.

18. Flip Flop Redo

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A flip flop revamp can be just the answer to needing some cute and casual summer slippers. Find the instructions for making this flip flop redo at Projects Around The House.

19. Newsboy Cap

I've always thought that the newsboy caps were really cute, but I notice that they are even cuter when made using colorful t-shirts. The tutorial for making this newsboy cap is found at my JUNK inspired life.

20. Woven Place Mats

Go to creative JEWISH MOM for the instructions on how to make this woven place mat using t-shirt strips. Consider this as a classroom or scout project.


21. Shirt to Skirt

This perfect-for-summer skirt can be made in many sizes when you consider all the sizes that t-shirts come in. You'll find out how to make this skirt by going to the Sugar Bee crafts site.

22. Twisted Headband

This is a project that is shown with the cute t-shirt skirt on the Sugar Bee Crafts site. A very cute combination.

23. No-Sew Ringlet Scarf

Make and wear a ringlet scarf like this to the high school and college football games. This is an interesting and attractive way to make a no sew scarf. You'll find the tutorial at Kevin {&} Amanda.

24. Knit Dish Cloths

You'll love this project if you can knit, and your friends will appreciate these dish cloths as gifts. For the instructions go to instructables. I really like this idea, but since I don't knit I'll have to find a free crochet pattern to make them with.

25. Ruffled Collar

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I wish I was young enough to wear this t-shirt redo, it's so very pretty. You'll find a very easy to follow tutorial for making this ruffled collar t-shirt at Little Inspirations.

26. Peplum Shirt

This is a project that shows how to really style up a plain white t-shirt. You can find out how to make a peplum shirt like the one shown above by going to loveMeagen.com Beautiful!

27. T-shirt Pillow

This little pillow still looks like a t-shirt. A little boy would like this, as would a little puppy that doesn't want to be alone. Find the directions for making this craft at craftbits.com.

28. Flip Flops Into Grecian Sandals

29. Tote and Clutch In One

This is the perfect tote to take along shopping. You can leave it as a clutch until you need a larger tote to carry your packages in. For this smart project for re-doing a t-shirt, go to BRIT+CO.

30. Watermark Tee

I was really impressed by how this tee is created. A very interesting, and beautiful way to customize a plain t-shirt. The tutorial is found at U CREATE.

31. Festive Wreath

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CATHIE FILIAN shows us how to make this festive Christmas wreath using t-shirts. Remember you can always dye t-shirts to make them the color that you want.

32. Knotted T-Shirt

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This is a cute idea for changing a boring t-shirt into something that will receive compliments. See how this t-shirt is remade to look beautiful by going to grrfeisty for the tutorial.

33. Fringed Bag

Who doesn't like a nice big tote bag for going shopping? This project shows us how to change a t-shirt into a great fringed bottom bag. Find the directions at M&J BLOG.

34. No-Sew Headbands

Very simple to make headbands to make for yourself or as gifts for your friends. You'll find the instructions for making these no-sew headbands at I AM MOMMA HEAR ME ROAR.

35. Fringe Necklace

When you go to BRIT+CO for the directions to make this fringed necklace, you'll also find that there are fourteen other projects for making jewelry from t-shirts. Don't forget to check this site out.

36. T-Shirt Skirt

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By following the tutorial that you'll find at Infarrantly CREATIVE, you'll know how to make a plain t-shirt into a painted skirt. Easy to follow directions.

37. College Tee

No one wants to wear a boring white tee shirt to a college party. Learn how to update that white tee by finding the directions for this re-do at dormify.

38. Workout Shirt

RABBIT FOOD FOR MY BUNNY TEETH has a tutorial for how to remake your t-shirt into a workout shirt. You might as well look cool while you're sweating those calories away.

39. Pom Pom Garland

Make a colorful, or not so colorful, pom pom garland to decorate your room or for a party decoration. Find the instructions for making these pom poms at BLOG A LA CART.

40. Rolled Rosette Pillow

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This is a great way to keep an old t-shirt that you just can't part with. This outstanding project's tutorial can be found at CRAFT goodies. I love the looks of this pillow and am sure I'll be making one of them in the near future.

41. Bowed Sleeve Tee

This update of a t-shirt makes it look fashionable enough to wear for an occasion that is a bit more than casual. Find the instructions for this bowed sleeve tee at Sew What’s New.

42. Braided Rug

In this tutorial from CAPTAIN CRAFTY, you find out how to cut the t-shirt to use as the yarn for this rug, and also it tells how to neatly add lengths of shirt strips. A great tutorial to help make a braided rug.

43. Fringe Tee

The instructions for making this attractive,off the shoulder fringed bottom t-shirt can be found at Cheap Chic Obsession. This is a great opportunity to make a fashionable shirt out of an old t-shirt.

44. No-Sew Bolero Shrug

AUNT PEACHES shares with us the information on making a no-sew bolero out of a t-shirt. What's not to like about this look?

45. Lampshade

I had to read through the directions at my JUNK inspired life a couple of times before I noticed that this project is really easy to do. One of the photos in the directions appears, to me, to be upside down which made me read the information more than once. You'll probably understand it immediately, so take a look.

46. Ruffled Pillow

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This ruffled pillow tutorial is brought to you by Floralshowers. This is another very attractive pillow and a great way to reuse t-shirts.

47. Galaxy Top

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This tutorial, by Mrs Ferguson, shows us how to change a plain t-shirt into a beautiful galaxy top. Easier than you would think.

48. Jersey Necklace

Make an attractive jersey necklace by following the instructions given at Michele Ng. Who would believe that something so simple could look so fashionable.

49. White Bolero

There are always some projects that I see that really impress me, and this is one of them. Simple to make and so very fashion wise. Go to Cut Out + Keep for the instructions to make this beauty.

50. T-Shirt Skirt Refashion

The instructions for refashioning a t-shirt into a skirt is found at Projects Around The House. It's amazing what can be done with an oversized t-shirt.

51. I Love Worms T-shirt

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We can't forget the boys when we're working on t-shirts. Imagine how happy you could make some little guy with a shirt that will gross out his little sister. Find out how to make this I love worms t-shirt at CAPTAIN CRAFTY.

52. Alphabet Bean Bags

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I'm sure you and the kids will be able to think of all sorts of games to invent using these alphabet bean bags. The tutorial for making these bean bags can be found at the red kitchen.

53. Black Ruffle Top

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T-shirts are so comfortable, and usually affordable, that most everyone has lots of them. The trouble is, the style is mostly boring, so when a project like this, from Life is Beautiful, comes along it's a very pleasant surprise. And what's so great about it is that this is a very easy to do redo.

54. Easy T-Shirt Refashion

This is an easy refashion, with directions at The Renegade Seamstress. to change a plain t-shirt into something very fashionable. I love this look.

55. Emma Pillsbury T-Shirt

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iCandy handmade has the tutorial for making this t-shirt redo. So attractive and so simple to accomplish.

56. T-shirt Bibs

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You know how soft t-shirt fabric is, so you know how nice these little t-shirt bibs will feel next to baby's face. Find the instructions for making bibs from old t-shirts at small fry & co. There are templates for the appliques for boys and girls.

57. Transform a Lampshade

58. Ruffle Scarf

Sometimes an outfit needs a special scarf to make it complete, and this ruffle scarf is a great remedy. Use a colorful t-shirt, that you no longer wear but you love the color so you haven't discarded it yet, and the tutorial at VERMILLION:RULES to make a ruffled scarf like the one shown above.

59. T-shirt Pumpkins

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I think these are such cute pumpkins and would be so much fun to make for this Halloween's decorations. The instructions for making pumpkins out of t-shirts can be found at Crafts ‘n Coffee.

60. Ruffle Shirt

This is a very attractive re-do. Learn how to make this ruffled shirt by going to favecrafts for the instructions for this project.

61. Circle Scarf

Isn't this a beautiful way to re-do a t-shirt? This shabby chic style scarf can be made by following the instructions given at Shwin & Shwin. Love it!

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Yes, several of these appeal to me, especially the pillow with the flowers in white.

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      IreneL11 3 years ago

      Wooow. Love them all. Great lens!

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      Barbara 3 years ago from USA

      You have the best ideas here, so unique!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I can't remember the last time I found a lens like this where I absolutely loved every single craft idea that was presented. You win the prize for having found such exceptional ideas for upcycling old t-shirts. Fantastic! Congrats on your feature.

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      This is a great list of ideas for ways to re-purpose all those "been there, done that" t-shirts that clutter my closet. I love all the creative ways to re-style a t-shirt. Thank you, lbrummer!

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