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ocean outcasts funny t-shirt

Not my favourite Glennz tee ever, but it did raise a smile, and if every shirt I wrote about did that I’d be a happy man.

Costiness=$21.95 Buy it at Glennz


enjoy destroy t-shirt

If you’re wondering who Mighty Screen Printing are, they used to be called Klaus Industries… now if only I knew who Klaus Industries were. I wish I had been checking them out in the past though, I like the style of their designs.

Costiness=$25 Buy it at Might Screen Printing


dinosaur t-shirt funny

Nothing to complain about with this week’s releases from funny t-shirt powerhouse BustedTees. Oh, and remember you can get 20% off with the coupon code OCTEES, providing you spend $50 or more.


threadless planting trees

Okay, that title doesn’t quite tell the whole story, but it is quite accurate. Apparently it’s Earth Day sometime this week, so Threadless are going to be giving $1 from every order to . Just $1 will allow them to plant a tree, which will help us slow down the rate at which we destroy the planet. I’m fairly sure that buying stuff in aid of Earth Day is a bit of an oxymoron, but since we’re all going to buy stuff anyway it’s pretty cool that at least a little bit of good comes from it.

They’ve also got the usual crop of new t-shirts, including the hideous one you can see above (all the others are pretty cool though, click through to see them!).


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.


Get 50% off at Brand of the Free

by Andy on November 5, 2008

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Yeah, I’ve been watching the election coverage, so I thought I’d post something vaguely patriotic for the American side of the audience, so get spending and start saving the economy, and be environmentally conscious whilst doing it.

Brand of the Free

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The funny thing about this tee is that its not just worn by Local Celebrities, its worn by actual celebrities, like Hayden Panettiere, American Idol winner (right?) carrie Underwood, Spencer Pratt, Stacey Keibler, Andrew Bowness, and many more. Fair enough, after Hayden Panettiere that list is hardly filled with global megastars (though Pratt may have a good year in 2010 – the year of the douchebag), but its fair to say that when you’re wearing this tee then it does come with some genuine bonafide celebrity credibility.

This tee isn’t a case of green-washing either, I had wrongly presumed that since the rest of the Local Celebrity catalogue was made up of tees that you’re more likely to find in a frat house than a drum circle that this design would have its heart in the right place, but basically just be a regular t-shirt. Happily, I’m very wrong, the tee itself is organic, and proceeds from the tee (I’m not sure how much per sale) go to a charity called Global Green USA, who are apparently Hollywood’s favourite green organisation, and celebrities are always harping on about how much they do for the environment, so Global Green must be good!

As I mentioned in the last paragraph this tee isn’t like the many, many other Local Celebrity tees that I’ve reviewed over the past few weeks (and last year), its organic, which is nice, but it feels exactly the same as a regular tee from LC. I think that’s a good thing, it helps the planet in a small way (or harms it less, at least), and has pretty much no impact upon the feel and longevity of the shirt, everybody wins!

Costiness=$28 Men buy it here/Women buy it here


The 11th Hour by Obey at Karmaloop

by Andy on August 15, 2008

Gee, I haven’t posted anything from Karmaloop, have I?

Just from the name of the design it may be the case that a lot of you know what this tee is all about… the environment. Obey seem to be fairly involved with the 11th Hour Action group, the same group that brought us the Leonardo DiCaprio fronted The 11th Hour documentary last year, and this tee seems to be their way of promoting the group and the values that it represents.

Of course, the design is classic Shepard Fairey, although I would point out that the hands on the clock don’t actually seem to be pointing at 11 o’clock.

Costiness=$28 Buy the tee at Karmaloop


I wouldn’t usually post a coupon from Spreadshirt since they seem to have a new one coming out every couple of days for various promotions, but I was a bit keen to keep up this run of posting coupons that give you 15% off, so here it is!

Here’s the Spreadshirt blog post about the coupon code [note: I think it might be US/Canada only, but probably worth a go for Europeans too]


GasWorks by Carmacazzi @ Etsy

by Andy on April 2, 2008


Whilst its pretty safe to assume that a Gas Works isn’t the first place that someone would look for artistic inspiration, Carmacazzi has actually produced something pretty cool from a somewhat surprising source.

GasWorks, Seattle’s lake union park. During the turn of the century this beautiful factory refined oil and now is refined art. I added the hidden “Seattle” ..represent. Featuring five hand screened prints the works wrap front to back and an abstracted “gasworks” text up the sleeve onto the shoulder.

Hold up, the gas works refined oil? That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, or are we talking about American ‘gas’ as in petrol? Still, it looks cool, and the hoodie itself is environmentally conscious, so its all good.

Costiness=$45 Link


Quicktees: Save the planet with Bob Eco

by Andy on March 11, 2008

Save the Planet With Bob Eco

I’m pretty much snowed under with e-mails coming in from companies at the moment, because of being away on holiday and spending time not looking at my computer screen, so I’m going to start doing really, really short posts about companies, basically telling you to take a look at them and decide for yourself what’s cool. It’s not a perfect situation, but since I’ve got literally hundreds of links that I want you to see then I think this is a decent stop-gap solution for now.

First up, some tees with an environmental message from a brand Bob Eco. This Greece-based project is run by graphic designer Andreas Kioroglou, who decided to put his skills to use after being scared by ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, as we all were!

Bob Eco


Industrial Re-Pollution by designgive

by Andy on March 10, 2008

Industrial Re-Pollution by designgive

And know this sounds like the lazy man’s way of thinking, and it isn’t really what I personally believe, but how much point is there really in people turning down their down a couple of degrees in winter and their A/C up a couple of degrees in summer if ‘big business’ continues to crap all over our planet at any given opportunity?

This tee seems like perfect subject matter for Design Give, the company that lets you (you? that’s me!) choose where a charitable donation goes from each sale, and I’m glad that they’ve finally released a politically slanted tee, because they know how to pick good artists, and we all know how amongst my many quests is the hunt for well design political t-shirts.

The tee should be available for sale now (at the time of writing it was on pre-order), but there’s only 200 of these bad boys available so be quick if you want one.

Costiness=$15/25 (tee/hoodie) Link [thanks, Uncrate]


A New Idea by sirbeauris @ Design By Humans

by Andy on February 20, 2008

A New Idea by sirbeauris @ Design By Humans

One of my pet peeves about the green movement is that its all a bit in your face or ecotistical, so to find a tee that both supports the little changes that everyone can make, and is pretty funny is really refreshing.

Do you think that when you have an idea using a CFL bulb it takes slightly longer to dawn on you and is slightly less cool?

Costiness=$19 Link


Egologique by Ted Boundy @ LaFraise

by Andy on January 31, 2008


Y’know, I’m pretty sick of how being ecologically sound and environmentally conscientious is now just another buzzword for cranking up prices. Sure, put your shopping in an organic cotton tote bag rather than using plastic bags, but doesn’t it seem a bit silly to pay $60 for that bag?I guess that’s what this tee is all about, challenging people to stop being so damned smug about how eco-friendly they are… and, trying to stop people from eating pandas? My French isn’t great, but I’m pretty sure that’s what it means. For the record, I will never stop eating panda until they stop tasting so finger ling ling good!

Costiness=€22 Link

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