2013 July 8

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.

tshirt neckalce

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?

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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!

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 For a children’s party a fabric flower garland will add colour and make the day even more special.

garland head band

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.

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 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.

 

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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

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pompom

 

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.

dress

 

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.

teddy  bear

 

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.

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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.

t-shirt bag tote bag

You can share your t-shirt craft ideas with us @Poloshirts or be inspired further by our Pinterest Board.


2008 December 15

The latest research by Mintel into clothing sizes reveals that sales of plus-sized men’s clothing have increased by 40% over the past five years.  This growth in XL and above sizes is partly due to spiralling levels of obesity: it’s predicted that nearly a third of men will be obese by 2013 and 90% of all UK adults are expected to be overweight or obese by 2050. The market for men’s clothes sized XL or larger is now worth £1.7 billion, up from £1.2 billion in 2003. The other driver for XL clothing sales is the modern desire to wear loose clothing such as T-shirts that are not tucked in and hoodies that have drooped shoulders and can fit at least two tees underneath.

DEFRA also reveals textiles have become the fastest-growing waste product in the UK. Nearly 74% of the two million tonnes of clothes bought in the UK each year end up in landfills. Meanwhile, the poor quality of the cheap fashion that is sold in cut price stores has destroyed the recycled textile industry. Cheap imported fashion, like t-shirts for a pound, has removed any possibility of selling second-hand tees at charity shops.  And very little of the material that can’t be sold, can’t be recycled either less than 4% of the two million tonnes, around 13% is incinerated and the remainder is either sent abroad or buried in British landfill.

To stop this wasteful behaviour, DEFRA wants us to buy less often, buy better quality and take more care of our clothing. Their suggestions for better clothing behaviour will be revealed in February and are likely to include a focus on buying pure cotton t-shirts, rather than cotton/synthetic blends, for everyday wear and keeping mixed fibres for performance clothing like sportswear; investing in clothing that can be layered: T-shirts under hoodies, sweatshirts under jackets, rather than buying individual garments to be worn alone; and not buying complete holiday wardrobes cheaply that will not be worn again when you return.