9 Clever Uses for Tee Shirts

I don’t know about you, but I’m anxious to get on with my spring cleaning!  I have tons of stuff to go through, including lots of clothes that I hardly ever wear.  I have a whole pile of tee shirts just waiting to be donated, upcycled, or used in a craft project!

Tee shirts, no matter how grungy they are, can be used for lots of things, including the actual “cleaning” part of spring cleaning!  Here are some useful ideas on how to reuse and upcycle tee shirts that are either too nasty to wear or no longer fit.

Necklace:  I love making these fabric necklaces.  They are so easy to make and it’s a great way to reuse a shirt that you don’t like or that no longer fits you.

Rag:  For those shirts that are too dingy to use for much else, you can cut them up and use them to dust the house!  They’re also great for around the garage when you’re gardening or working on the car.

Pillow:  Have a tee with sentimental value?  Sew up all the holes and stuff it with the filling from an old pillow to create something worth cuddling with!  This is great for an old shirt that you have that once belonged to a loved one.

Scarf:  If you have screen tees that you love, simply cut the screen off the shirt and sew all the shirt pieces together to create one awesome tee shirt scarf!  This scarf is lightweight and perfect to wear year round!

Rug:  I love this idea!  If you can crochet in the round, you can create an awesome circular rug made from tee shirt scraps.  I particularly love this hula hoop rug idea.  Using those weaving skills you mastered back when you were younger, you can create a fun and colorful rug for indoors and out!

Curtains/Shower Curtains:  Using a technique similar to the scarf, you can sew your favorite tees together to create awesome curtains!  This is a great idea for a game room or kids room.  You can make them in blocks like a quilt or cut the shirts into strips and sew them back together for a rainbow effect.

Quilt:  Speaking of quilts, this is a fun idea.  Cut up shirts you love, but will probably never wear again…like those old shirts from sports or marching band, and assemble them into a quilt.  If you don’t have enough tees, print out some pics on printable fabric and interweave those through the quilt.  This is a great gift for parents or grandparents.

Framed Wall Art:  You can also stretch your favorite tees over round and square canvases and hang them on the wall.  This creates a unique 3-D effect that’s perfect for a kids room.

Flowers/Accessories:  I posted these Coffee Stained Roses a few weeks ago…and this is a great way to use a tee that has a stain on it.  Simply soak your tee in coffee, beet juice, etc. and give it a quick rinse.  Use these colorful roses on a wreath or wear them as hair accessories.  My roses still smell like coffee!

Knowledge is power!  Learn fun facts, hints and tips, and creative ways to use every day items with “The Buzz” posts on Thursday.

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