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Uses for Old T-Shirts

Updated on December 30, 2010

Uses for Old T-Shirts

It's amazing how many uses you can get out of one old t-shirt. Here is my pick for the top 15 uses, including instructions on how to turn shirts into pillows.

Uses for Old T-Shirts

1. Turn into pillows. (Directions below)

2. Cut into squares or strips and use for dusting and polishing.

3. Turn into a shopping or gym bag. Cut off the sleeves. Cut the neckline to make a bigger opening. Sew across the bottom of the shirt. Presto! You now have a shopping or gym bag. The arms/sleeves are the handles.

4. Use to line the bottom of a plant pot so the soil doesn't drip out of the holes on the bottom side.

5. Wear for painting and craft projects so that you don't ruin your good shirts.

6. Use to wash the car, the floor, patio furniture....

7. Cut into small squares and use a baby wipes.

8. Use to wash the grill.

9. Use for seat covers on bucket type car seats.

10. Make rope toys for dogs. Cut into strips, lightly braid them and then knot off at the end.

11. Donate them to a local charity.

12. Donate to a local preschool or day care center. They can use as smocks for messy projects.

13. Tear into little shreds and use the bits to tie tomato and bean stakes. Fabric works much better than gardening twine, as it doesn't damage the plants.

14. Make bean bags for the kids to toss. Cut into squares. Sew all edges, leaving a small opening to stuff. Stuff with beans or rice.

15. Cut into strips and use for eyeglass wipes.

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Make Pillows Out of Your Old T-Shirts

* Use old t-shirts that you have outgrown.

* Use your favorite t-shirt into a pillow.

* Make a memory pillow using a t-shirt of a loved one that is away or departed.


For stuffing, use soft fiber fill stuffing, beans or old rags.

Directions for Pillows with Sleeves:

Turn the shirt inside out.

Stitch the along the bottom of the shirt.

Stitch each sleeve.

Stitch along the neckline, leaving a small hole for the stuffing.

Turn the shirt right side out.

Stuff and then stitch up the hole.

Pillows without Sleeves:

For smaller pillows cut across the t-shirt right below the sleeves.

Turn the shirt inside out and sew across the bottom and top, leaving a small hole for the stuffing.

Turn the shirt right side out and stuff.

Stitch the hole up after stuffing.

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You can decorate the outside of your pillow with things like patches, jewels, glitters, and pins.

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas - very well done!

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      fugeecat lm 

      7 years ago

      I love the dog toy idea. I never thought of that before.

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      8 years ago

      I cut mine up and sew them into quilts. Most of my t-shirts are from events, camps, shows, and whatnot that are fun memories. I save my shirts until I have enough to quilt, them sew them together!

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      8 years ago

      good ideas. thanks

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      8 years ago

      thanks very much for the tips

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      9 years ago

      Great recycling lens! We use them for rags...we'll DH for in the garage when he changes the oil on the cars or something messy like that. Thanks by the way for blessing my scrabble tile pendant lens...I sincerely appreciate your blessing!

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      9 years ago

      When they get very raggedy, you can still polish the floor with them.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      All excellent suggestions! I usually just donate the old t-shirts, but I love the idea of making pillows.

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      9 years ago

      Such a great lens! I love the pillow idea! I once had a Salem MA shirt I couldn't bear to get rid of, so I cut it and framed it.. it looked awesome!


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