From the monthly archives:

September 2009

How to customise & recycle your old t-shirts

by Andy on September 29, 2009


T-shirts have a lifespan, they don’t last forever, they stretch, they fade, they get stained, and sometimes the tees stay the same but the owner changes size, or just changes their taste. This got me thinking, “what do you do with a tee when you don’t want to wear it anymore? (and you don’t want to give them to charity for whatever reason)” I’ve got more than 200 t-shirts in my wardrobe (and out of it, and draped on chairs, and stacked in cupboards, and hanging on racks), and they don’t all fit me now, so I thought I’d hunt around and find out what they devil I could do with all those superflous tees. As it turns out, other people have this problem too, and there are loads of tutorials out there with interesting ideas for how to recycle your t-shirts into something ‘new’.

My server has been crushed under the weight of traffic from my list posts in the past, and one way to try and alleviate the strain is to split an article into pages. This first page of 50 tutorials, projects, and videos doesn’t have any unifying theme to it, it’s just a random collection, some of which are pretty unusual ideas. The rest of the pages have been sorted into groups as they are often different takes on the same idea. Page two has 6 tutorials for turning your old tees into a rug or quilt, and 7 ideas for turning t-shirts into bags, often with the idea of using them as shoping bags, which I’m sure would get you a lot of approving looks at Trader Joe’s. The third page is for those of you that want to refresh and recondition your tees so that they’re still a t-shirt(ish), but with a bit of a customized twist to make you stand out from the crowd. Page four sees your tees becoming skirts and dresses, and I was pretty impressed with a lot of the finished articles on that page. The last page has links to books about reconditioning and recycling your t-shirts, so kind of like this list, except in book form. If I’ve missed something from the list, or you’ve had an idea but can’t find it anywhere online, feel free to share that in your comments. If you have enjoyed this list I would very much appreciate it if you could promote this article in some way, be it via tweet, stumble, delicious bookmark, digg, blog post, or envelopes stuffed with cash being posted to me.


1. How to turn your t-shirts into tees for you dog!


2. [W/M] T-Shirt with a built-in belt.


3. [W/M] Recycled T-Shirt Bracelet.


4. [W] Turning a t-shirt into yoga pants.


5. How to weave t-shirts.


6. [W/M] How to turn yourself into a ninja using a t-shirt.

7. [M] A Threadbanger quickie about making a button down shirt more interesting by sewing a t-shirt design onto the back of it.


8. How to turn a t-shirt into a diaper/nappy.


9. Scarf made of huge blue t-shirt.


10. [W] T-shirt refashioned into a summer top, which is a little bit late for the season, but there’s always next year.

11. How to make yarn out of t-shirts.


12. How to make arm warmers from a t-shirt.


13. [W] How to turn your t-shirt into a pair of underwear. [via Pop Culture Tees]


14. Use a t-shirt as a pillow case. Here’s how it goes: get a pillow, get a t-shirt, put t-shirt over pillow. Done.

15. Recycle a t-shirt into a sexy bikini… yes, she does model it at the end of the vid.


16. You might not need to throw out that old tee after all, this tutorial shows you how to remove cigarette odor from your tees.


17. How to frame a t-shirt (on the cheap).


18. How to turn a t-shirt in to a dress for a toddler.


19. If you’ve got loads of t-shirts going spare, then making a rug might be a good project for you.


20. [W] How to turn a baseball tee into a halter top.


21. [W] How to make a t-shirt cami.

How to make a throw pillow out of a t-shirt.


23. [W] How to make a t-shirt twist. This looks like a good way to freshen up a boring plain tee, cool skirt too!


24. [W] No sew tank top from a tee. This one is worth reading for the adorable hand drawn instructional pictures.


25. How to make a laptop t-shirt case.


26. How to silkscreen your own posters and t-shirts, perfect for spicing up a plain tee.


27. [W] How to reshape a t-shirt that doesn’t fit you anymore.


28. [W] Stylish ways to cut your t-shirt.

29. [W] The Threadbanger crew explains how to make a wedding dress out of t-shirts.


30. Here’s another tutorial about turning your old t-shirts into a scarf.


31. This instructable isn’t about cutting your tees, but storing them, and whilst I don’t think it would be a good solution for my 200+ tee collection, it might be good for keeping a few of your favourites good-as-new.


32. Another tutorial on how to turn you tees into undies with ease!


33. Mod a cute halter top from a t-shirt (I think there might be enough tee>halter top tutes out there for them to have their own page!)

34. DIY Quirky Corset Tee Shirt for Free People Blog


35. Just in case all those other t-shirt to scarf tutorials weren’t to your liking.


36. blog : T-shirt Tunic Swimsuit Cover-up

37. How To Turn an Old T-Shirt Into a Sexy Top. This video contains a surprisingly large amount of cleavage, I guess that’s one way to get guys sewing!


38. Old T-Shirt Headband/Rags. This one probably has my favourite accompanying picture.

39. Hot Topic – Deconstruct a Tee with Elle


40. Big t-shirt to little angel

41. From Plain Tee To Stylish, One Shoulder Tank another vid from Gianny L.

42. How to Customize your t-shirts to look vintage by soaking them in a saline solution. (no pics for that one, sorry)


43. T-shirt to sexy top I could almost include this in the dress category, but it might be a little short for th modest ladies of HYA.


44. How to make an empire cut blouse from a t-shirt.

45. How to cut a t-shirt to be a halter top (yes, another halter top).


46. The T-Shirt Hack (Or: How to revamp an old t-shirt with nothing but scissors)

47. Hot Topic – Deconstruct a Tee with Elle


48. Guess what, it’s another t-shirt to halter top tutorial.

49. Here’s a a summery t-shirt recon from the Threadbanger team.


50. How To » Low Cut, Empire Waist, Halter Top from an old t-shirt.

On the second page of this article you will find 6 ways to turn your excess tees into a rug or quilt, and 7 tutorials explaining how to turn your tees into bags.


Space Invaders Cushions!

by Andy on September 29, 2009


You obviously can’t wear these, but my head pops up like a meerkat when I hear the words ‘space’ and ‘invaders’ said in very close proximity to one-another, and I know a lot of you are the same so there was no way I wasn’t going to give these cushions a quick mention. What you can’t tell from the picture above (but can see in the gallery), is that the actual aliens are made up of an alien pattern, further increasing the level of Space Invaders awesomeness in these cushions. It is $45 for a single patchwork cushion cover, so they aren’t particularly cheap, but I guess quite a lot of work goes into making a patchwork anything.

Costiness=$45 Available from VoodooRabbit’s Etsy store

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There’s also free UK delivery for all orders at Urban Retro.


The Fineprint Chicago Blajokevich Tee_1254143343830

Every time I see Rod Blagojevich on TV I know he’s going to do something that makes me cringe, so I kinda hope that he gets sent to jail for trying to sell a senate seat just so I don’t have to see his face for a few years, oh, and because a Governor trying to sell a Senate seat is utterly despicable and insulting to the entire electorate. Basically, despite not being American and having never visited Chicago, I hate Rod Blagojevich.

Costiness=$24 Available from The Fineprint Chicago

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What happened to PleaseDress.Me?

by Andy on September 29, 2009

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Anyone remember PleaseDress.Me? If not, it is/was a t-shirt search engine launched in September last year by some notable internet personalities, and received quite a lot of fanfare in its first few month of operation. Things seem to have gone pretty quiet recently though, with their Twitter account no being updated since the middle of April, coinciding with the last date that they seem to have updated the website, in fact, their shirt of the day is quickly on the way to becoming shirt of the year. It’s a bit of a mystery to me that they would just stop updating it one day without any kind of explanation, so I’ve sent them an e-mail asking if the site is dead or if there are any plans to relaunch in the future, and if they get back to me I’ll update this post. Anyone here know anything I don’t about PleaseDressMe?


Popsicles by Backseat Kiss Clothing

by Andy on September 29, 2009


I don’t know why I find this design cute, it’s just some hand drawn popsicles (also known as ice lollies to those of us that drink tea with milk in it), but I do.

Costiness=$19 Available from Backseat Kiss Clothing



There’s not much more for me to add after such an informative headline, except that I should probably point out that the razorblade on th necklace has rounded edges so it’s safer than it looks (safety first!), and that Dance Party Massacre sell the necklace for $17.95, so it’s a pretty high value freebie to be getting with your order.


20% off at Krudmart

by Andy on September 28, 2009

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I read Twitter so you don’t have to:

Exclusive discount code for our followers. Use “twittertwenty” at checkout to save an additional 20% off you order!

Can krudmart really have thought that this would be exclusive to their followers when their Twitter stream is public? Well, I’m sure they don’t mind who uses the code as long as it gets them sales.


Halo 3 Master Chief Hoodie by Ecko

by Andy on September 28, 2009


It’s fair to say that Ecko made an error or two by releasing some hideous Halo tees a few months ago, so when I heard that there was a Master Chief hoodie my hopeswere not particularly high, but actually, I like it. Yes, you aren’t actually going to look like Master Chief when you wear it, but that would be a pretty big ask, and you should probably feel relieved that this hoodie can be worn on the street as well as at Comic Con.

Costiness=$88 Available from Ecko


Plains Waterproof Jacket by Durkl

by Andy on September 28, 2009


Yay, a waterproof jacket in my favourite colourway (as if you couldn’t tell just by looking at the design of this site). I think I might prefer it if the jacket were a bit cleaner without the two big pockets on the front, but it still looks good.

Costiness=$150 Available from Durkl


Sharks with Lasers by Snorg Tees

by Andy on September 28, 2009


I know it’s a bit of an old joke now (can you believe that Austin Powers was released 12 years ago?), but the very notion of sharks with lasers attached to their heads has that scene running through my head and it still makes me chuckle. You’ve got to wonder why Snorg Tees released this tee now though?

Costiness=$18.95 Available from snorg tees

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Night of the Living Bread by Seventh Ink

by Andy on September 28, 2009

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I’m constantly surprised that people are able to find new words to replace the classic zombie cry of “braaaainssss” and make a clever tee out of it. This tee is on pre-order at the moment (until October 1st, which isn’t far off now), and orders placed now will receive a free Seventh Ink drawstring bag.

Costiness=$14.99 ($17.99 when the pre-order ends, and use coupon code save10 for 10% off) Available from Seventh Ink


Space Time by Mike Perry for Poketo!

by Andy on September 28, 2009

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Ummmm, deep?

Costiness=$28 Available from Poketo!


Monster hoodies by Wrongwroks

by Andy on September 28, 2009

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I know that these hoodies have been featured way back, but these are new colourways, and the model is really cute, so quit your complaining (which none of you have ever done)!




It has been a little while since the last review on HYA, and this tee from Rakes & Strays is certainly worthy of bringing back this once-regular feature, especially as I think this might be the first ever tee I’ve received that has been panel printed. If you’re unfamiliar with Rakes & Strays, they’re a new brand from EIO Clothing, so the quality that you expected from EIO, you should expect from Rakes & Strays. You can essentially view them as the same company, they share a website, but I can understand why the two lines have been split as they two collections hold very different styles of tee, even if this particular shirt has the EIO logo on it, and some design elements on it from other EIO tees I’ve been sent in the past. So, in summary, they’re different, but the same, but they’re both good so there’s no point worrying about it.


Usually when people think of tattoo designs they’ll think of Ed Hardy, which isn’t necessarily a good thing (if you want tattoo style, I’d point you in the direction of Sailor Jerry, and not just because they make good rum), but tattoos are a ripe area for creating great t-shirt designs, and whilst I’m no expert on tattoos, I think that this tee works well. As I mentioned earlier this tee has some elements on it from tees I have been sent from EIO Clothing in the past. As a concept I presumed that wouldn’t like it, but I think that it makes a lot of sense for this design because tattoos are meant to be something meaningful, and this tee represents how EIO (and now R&S) are progressing as a company, but they’re still sticking true to the qualities about them that I liked so much in the past. Perhaps I’m over-analysing the design, maybe I should have just said “hey, that look cool, and there’s guns on it” and moved on.


In terms of quality, whether you call it EIO or Rakes & Strays this is a damn good shirt, as the closeups in the gallery will attest. The material is quite thin, but it is very soft. I’m not entirely sure what kind of printing method has been used, but I would be tempted to say that it was discharge because you cannot feel the print at all, which is obviously a good thing. If my previous experience with EIO tees is anything t ogo by, you can expect this tee to wear well, by which I mean it will survive being washed an worn pretty frequently, though I imagine that if it were to fade eventually then that would be less of a big deal than with a normal print because tattoo designs usually gain something with a bit of vintage-style fade on them. The hems of the tee d have what they call a ‘raw edge’ to them, which basically means that they have been cut to split the him and distress it a little bit; I’m not a huge fan of this process because I don’t really see what it adds to the t-shirt as it is a subtle change, but as it is a subtle change it doesn’t detract from what is an excellent t-shirt.

Costiness=£29.95 Available from Rakes & Strays (also in black, and with a fitted cut for the ladies)

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25% off at Aaitski! tomorrow

by Andy on September 25, 2009

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I just got DM’d this by @aaitski, so if you’re in the mood for a character-based t-shirt, this coupon code might push you over the edge into cracking open your wallet and making a purchase from Aaitski!



PopJunkie are always good value for an attractive shirt & hoodie or two, and their latest offerings are no exception, the new site looks great too so swing on by and check it out. They’ve also expanded their non-body covering range, with more tote bags and pillows, and an all new product, beer bags. If you want 25% off their prices (and why wouldn’t you?), use the coupon code hookmeup at the checkout and you will receive the discount.


Edo Label: A new Design Competition from Japan

by Andy on September 25, 2009

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I kept meaning to write about Edo Label, but forgot for one reason or another, I think part of it might have been because the site is bilingual, as it can be viewed in both Japanese and English, and I haven’t got the Japanese language pack installed on my new computer yet. Of course, that means nothing to me, because I can’t read Japanese, and I generally don’t take screenshots of sites anyway. I especially wouldn’t take screenshot of Edo Label, because their current site is merely a placeholder to invite entries for their first competition, the prize for which is 50,000yen (approximately US$500) and there will be two winners receiving that prize. One of the problems with me forgetting to tell you about this site earlier is that we’re getting fairly close to the submission deadline (September 30th), but hey, what else were you going to do with your weekend?

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Nice to Cuddle by Regal Clothing

by Andy on September 25, 2009


This feels like a nice tee to post on a Friday, it’s fun, has a nice message, and despite me not being a pink print kind of guy (as I mentioned earlier this week), I think that the light blue and pink go really well together.

Costiness=£17.50 Available from Regal Clothing


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