Not sure what you can make with a t-shirt? Why not up-cycle, rework, or restyle it into a new garment or accessory?
Here’s our Top Ten to inspire you.
Necklace– Jewellery doesn’t have to cost the earth, and by reusing your old t-shirt it’s practically free.Try using different t-shirts to create this great colourful effect.
Bracelet– in keeping with the jewellery theme and not to leave your wrists out. You can buy bracelet and necklace fastenings and beads in bulk very cheaply from markets and haberdasheries, or you could reuse some beads from old jewellery too?
Turban Head Band– With two strips of t-shirt material and no sewing you can make your own turban headband, it’s too easy not to give this one a go!
For a children’s party a fabric flower garland will add colour and make the day even more special.
Skirt– Recently, there has been a surge in popularity for re-using garments in different ways such as sweatshirts and cardigans for skirts, thankfully this also works for a summer wardrobe by reusing an old t-shirt. Using contrasting colours or a wide variety of coloured and patterned t-shirts can create a great patch work effect.
Scarf– If you can make a necklace out of a t-shirt you should try the scarf too. These scarves make a great accompaniment to any summer wardrobe. The more adventurous seamstress might even want to go for a ruffled effect.
Pom Poms– Whether it’s for cheering at sports games, attaching to clothes or a Christmas decoration pom poms are simple to make and cheer up any outfit, door or house decor
Dress– Got an oversized t-shirt on your hands? This can be transformed into an ultra stylish t-shirt dress with just a bit of cutting and sewing. You’ll need some elastic for the fitted style and ruching shown here.
Teddy Bear– Children’s toys can be expensive, why not create your own. If you have a favourite t-shirt or your child has grown out of a t-shirt that could be a great garment to create a teddy with sentimental value.
Bunting– Street party, house party, garden party, or wedding; bunting is a must for any celebration. This looks particularly good with floral or fun print t-shirts, but works just as well with plain colours. Simply cut into triangles and sew to ribbon, lace or curtain header and you’ll have cheap yet chic party decorations in no time at all.
Tote Bags- Carry your new t-shirts back from the shops in your old t-shirt by making it into a tote bag! Alternatively cut holes into your t-shirt bag for a retro style grocery bag.