We all know hard it can be to throw out those outgrown T-Shirts, especially when they hold special memories and meaning. Here at DIY Projects, we believe in saving and UpCycling. Let us show you some of our favorite ways to take those T-Shirts out of hibernation and UpCycle them into everyday use. You don’t have to throw them out, and you’ll have some new goods for your home. Win-Win!
1. T-Shirt Dog Tug Toy
- T-Shirts (3)
- Cut 10 strips of each colored fabric about 20 inches long (stretched out).
- Alternating colors, lay the strips altogether in one bundle.
- On one end of the trips, tie a double knot, leaving several inches extra on the end.
- Below the knot, separate into 3 sections and braid about 6-8 inches.
- Tie another double knot at the end.
(See full article at OneGoodThingByJillee)
2. T-Shirt Rag Flowers
- Hot Glue
- Optional: Buttons/Gems
- Cut a long strip from the T-shirt about 2 inches wide x ten inches long.
- Fold this strip a little less than half way down.
- In an additional piece of fabric, cut a circle. This will be the backing of the flower.
- Fold the long strip in half and roll the long strip into a flower shape, twisting as you fold.
- Using hot glue, adhere the flower to the circle.
- Press down firmly and let dry for a minute.
- Gently pull the petals of the flower till it looks pretty.
- Snip at two to three places to make smaller petals at the top.
- Add a button or gem in the center to complete the flower.
(See full article at Fiskars)
3. DIY T-Shirt Canvas
- Center fabric on canvas.
- Trim fabric, leaving enough to wrap around the edges.
- Flip Canvas over.
- Pull fabric tight and secure with thumbtacks.
(See full article by Nicole Olea)
4. DIY T-Shirt Bag
- Place the shirt on your flat surface and cut off the sleeves right along the inside curve of the shoulder seams.
- Turn the t-shirt inside out with the bottom seam closest to you.
- Arrange the bottom edges together and begin cutting vertical slits from the bottom, about 2 inches deep and 1.5 inches apart. You can use a ruler to keep your cuts even.
- Make a vertical cut along the two side seams, also about 2 inches deep.
- Starting from one side, start knotting the top to the bottom layer by tying a set of cuts together. Double knot each tie to ensure a nice and secure base for your bag.
- Turn your new t-shirt bag right side out.
(See full article at SavvySugar)