How to customise & recycle your old t-shirts

by Andy on September 29, 2009

How to turn t-shirt into a rug/quilt/throw


1. [W/M] How to make a T-shirt Throw


2. How to Make a Recycled T-Shirt Quilt. This eHow guide lacks images but does appear to have good instructions.


3. Round Crochet Rag Rug. Just looking at the picture I can tell that this one might take a bit more effort than most of the other projects in this list, but the result does look good.


4. T-Shirt Blanket. You don’t need this tutorial, but that kid in the picture makes it worth posting. The tutorial says to cut out squares from 25 shirts, lay them out in a 7 shirt by 7 shirt square (which doesn’t add up) and sew them.


5. Fabulous T-Shirt Quilt. This link isn’t to a tutorial unfortunately, but it does give you something to aim for!


6. How to make a quilted t-shirt throw. This one looks like a well written tutorial.

How To Turn A T-Shirt Into A Bag/Tote Bag/Handbag


1. How To Make a T-Shirt Tote Bag by therealbenni at Instructables


2. How to make a grocery tote bag out of a t-shirt. The illustrations that go with this tutorial look really good.

3. How to Recycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag Using Duct Tape


4. Tee bags: a tutorial to recycle a tee shirt into a shopping bag by Wild Onion Studio


5. [W] T-Shirt recycled into a handbag. I’m no expert, but that looks quite hard to do.


6. How to make a t-shirt tote bag. This one’s really pretty, and the instructions look well done too.


7. Reinforced pencil bag. An unusual tutorial, there’s a lot of steps to the process though, so this may not be a project for beginners.

On page three you will find 22 ways to refresh and recondition a t-shirt so that it still looks like a t-shirt, but with a few alterations.

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  • Kenabnena

    No offense to her, but with Gianny L.’s tutes, it always ended up wrong. Like, epic fail wrong. All the others, I like.

  • SpoiledTom

    You have more than 200 T-shirts and don’t want to give them to charity? Instead of helping poor people you prefer use them for women’s bodies exploitation? Sigh…

  • Andy (Hide Your Arms)

    Excuse me, firstly, it says ““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)” that doesn’t mean I don’t want to give my t-shirts away to charity. Surprising as it may seem, I wear all of the shirts that I am sent (I receive them as gifts or samples), I have samples sent to all the other t-shirt bloggers that write for this site, and I give them to friends and family. When I’m finished with a tee, it likely won’t be in a state that a charity would want to receive it in.

    Secondly, I don’t care for the suggestion that I use t-shirts to exploit women’s bodies, whatever that means. I don’t know any of the people whose tutorials I’ve linked to, and I didn’t get them to take any of the photos featuring themselves (which is the only way I can possibly see any kind of ‘exploitation’ if I got people to work for me for free, which I haven’t done), these tutorials were all freely available to be found, I merely collected them together in this blog post.

  • C Reed Cate99

    I love what you are doing, the designs are so cute and you are recycling so keep up the good work :)

  • Mona

    I completely agree! She makes it look so easy yet when I try any of her tutorials exactly the way she does them, it turns out horrible! Maybe it’s because she’s so tiny and even failed garments look good on her.

  • Just us 4

    LOVE THIS! Thanks for putting all these together. Being a single mother of three, two of the three being 9 and 11, this is a god sent. Of course no kid wants to look like their clothes are from a thrift store so being able to refashion what we can find is a must.

  • carrie

    I have 5 girl’s so needless to say ton’s of old T’s! Thanks for inspiring us. They just hit their older brother’s dis-guarded T’s he was getting rid of and asked me to look for some new ideas to recycle them. We will be using these sites. Thanks again, you saved me so much time hunting for ideas.

    Mom of 8

  • Davesutton143

    That ‘s cool and green , here a site for more green ideas

  • Vroywarren

    t-shirts are personal keep sakes. i have tons of t-shirts that i have collected. i even have some from when i was a toddler. they are like a scrap book of memories for me. i don’t want to give up my memories. i hang them, cut them, pass down to my children, use as hankies. i keep them just to remember. the older they get the better they get. i really think your statement is out of line. i am not trying to start anything, but especially when you have “helping poor people” and “charity” in a comment we should use kind words. why did you come to this website? were you looking for a charity or looking for creative t-shirt designs?

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  • Lee2cats

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much! Fantastic and very cool ideas, that I would’t have thought of. I have a bunch of Hard Rock Cafe tshirts from my travels that i would like to restyle. So i will have fun now with all these ideas!! thank you thank you :-) from Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • NotaPrettyGirl

    Well, let’s see. She could give them to charity. OR she could use them to make herself new cloths that she will wear instead of giving them away and buy new cloths which were made through the exploitation of children and underpaid workers in other countries and then shipped to her local store using less-than-earth-friendly transportation…pick your poison, my friend.
    Also, unless all the women in your family wear nothing but plain t-shirts, over-sized sweatshirts, and baggy sweatpants I think you need to back off on your “body exploitation” comments and steer your outrage toward people who are ACTUALLY exploiting women’s bodies instead of providing tutorials for DIY crafts.

  • luna

    There’s also a super cool ebook about T-shirt revamping: Creativi-Tee ( It has only 30 projects but they’re really amazing and sophisticated. And the ebook is super cheap!

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  • Anu Patil

    Superb post. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed reading this post.

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