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18 T-Shirt Crafts

The uses for old T-shirts in this collection are positively awesome.

By: Melissa Conner, Editor,
18 T-Shirt Crafts

Have a pile of old cheap t-shirts that are just begging to be used and recycled? Well, with these t-shirt crafts, you'll learn how to make a t-shirt scarf, how to turn tees into totes, and even how to create a one-of-a-kind t-shirt quilt!

T-shirts are great to use as accessory inspiration. You can cut them up and make necklaces, scarves, belts, flowers, and so much more. Learn how to make a t-shirt scarf with ease using the Knotted T-Shirt Scarf tutorial. There's no sewing involved and, in a matter of minutes, you can have a wardrobe accessory that's fun to wear and show off!

After you've learned how to make a t-shirt scarf with the tees you love, you can decorate your home with screened tees that have a unique t-shirt logo. This T-Shirt Quilt is a great way to remember all the fun you had playing sports, participating in marching band, or putting on the fall musical. This quilt makes a great gift for a teacher or coach.

And we all have tees that are just too special to cut up. But maybe they have a stain on them...or are starting to show signs of wear and tear.  For those, we have some t-shirt crafts that are geared towards making your favorite unique t-shirts wearable again. This Upcycled Ruffled Shirt is a great way to breathe new life into those stubborn white tees. With some cheap t-shirts, you can create this beautiful top that looks like a designer made it!

Bonus! Are you a visual learner? Use strips of fabric (or strips of old t-shirts!) to make this No-Sew Fabric Flower.

T-Shirt Scarves

Here you'll learn how to make a t-shirt scarf! These beautiful tutorials include traditional scarves and infinity scarves. Don't throw that shirt away if you love the color! Instead, turn it into your new favorite accessory.

  • Scrunchy Tee Shirt Scarf Tutorial

    This fun and ruffly t-shirt craft is perfect for any time of year. This t-shirt scarf tutorial is easy to follow and guides you every step of the way to creating this fun and frilly t-shirt scarf.

  • T-shirt Infinity Scarf Refashion

    This is one of the loveliest t-shirt refashions I've seen. Turn any of your old t-shirts into this lovely infinity scarf. The more patterns your shirts have, the better!

  • Thrifty T-Shirt Infinity Scarf

    This is an easy and fun scarf to make using an old shirt with a bold print! Let the pattern do the talking with this simple project.

  • Colorblocked T Shirt Scarf

    If you love the look of color blocked projects, don't pass up this one! This beautiful scarf features two neutral hues for a project you can wear any day!

  • How to Make a Tee Shirt Fringe Scarf

    If fringe is your jam then make this easy scarf! Have a pair of scissors handy and follow along with the video tutorial to make this project.

  • T Shirt Scarf

    Grab a few of your favorite old T-Shirts in coordinating colors and bust out the sewing machine to make this project.

  • Darling Dyed Infinity Scarf

    Transform an old or new t-shirt into a summer scarf with this simple tie dye project. This budget-friendly summer scarf idea is made out of an old tee once it has been tie dyed.

T-Shirt Craft Accessories

T-shirt crafts are perfect for accessorizing your wardrobe.  You can cut them up and resew them to create anything from flowers to necklaces. Plus, learn how to turn old and cheap t-shirts into bags and totes.

  • Braided T-Shirt Necklace

    Recycle tee shirts by turning them into a fun braided t-shirt necklace. This t-shirt craft creates one thrifty necklace that adds color and texture to any outfit!

  • Groovy T Shirt Tote

    Have an old t-shirt you love? Show off your unique t-shirts by turning them into fun one-of-a-kind totes. This t-shirt craft is earth friendly and fun to make!

  • Royal Purple T-Shirt Yarn Necklace

    Make your own t-shirt yarn or purchase this type of yarn at the store of your liking. Then, use it to make this lovely royal purple necklace! It's the perfect summer accessory to dress up that ordinary t-shirt you're wearing!

  • Bonebraid Keychain

    If you're looking for a gorgeous way to find those darn keys in your purse, this project is perfect! Upcycle old t-shirts and learn how to do a bonebraid while you're at it. The more colorful t-shirts you can find, the better!

  • Tee Shirt Beaded Necklace

    This project is almost too pretty to be a t-shirt craft, but it's true! This gorgeous necklace is made from an old t-shirt, and it's shockingly easy to make.

  • Thrifty Tee Shirt Headband

    This is such a cute and easy project. The headband comes together in just a few parts, and this would be such a fun craft for a teen girl's birthday party!

Decorate with Unique T-Shirts

Wondering what to do with a collection of unique t-shirts?  Turn them into great thrifty home decor projects! You can easily recycle t-shirts to create rugs, wall art, and much more...and with these great ideas, you'll have great art (and more closet space) in no time!

  • Terrific T-Shirt Quilt

    A collection of unique tee shirts, like shirts from a sports team or club, can be turned into a beautiful memory quilt. This makes a great gift for a coach, teacher, or teammate.

  • Checkerboard Game Carpet

    T-shirt crafts, like this checkerboard game carpet, are great for using old oversized tee shirts you no longer want. This rug is great for the beach, a picnic, or just playing in the backyard!

  • T Shirt Hanging Wall Art

    Here's great gift for the man in your life! If your guy has a great collection of rock band tee's, turn them into awesome wall art! Arranged and stretched over canvas boards, this is one artistic piece that's sure to rock!

  • Coffee Stained Roses

    If you spilled coffee on your white t-shirt, don't fret! It might actually be a good thing because then you can make these stunning roses. Give your next project a vintage feel when you dye fabric with coffee.

  • T Shirt Pillow

    Wondering how to make a t-shirt scarf from a sentimental tee you have on hand?  If it's just too precious to trim to scarf size, cut out the tee shirt logo and sew it onto a pillow. Then you can display it all the time in the living room or bedroom!

Recycle Tee Shirts to Wear Again

Sometimes a tee is just too precious to part with. If that's the case, use one of our ideas on how to recycle t-shirts to wear again.  Whether it's converting it into a two-layer tee or adding some embellishments to cover a hole or a stain, there are several ways to ensure that your special and unique t-shirts last a lifetime!

  • Asymmetrical Cardigan Tutorial

    If you have an oversize t-shirt and aren't sure of what to do with it, check out this Asymmetrical Cardigan Tutorial for a great craft idea. This project is so simple and easy, and it's a great craft shirt project, perfect for cool summer nights.

  • Great DIY T

    Old t-shirt crafts are given a face lift with this fun and funky project! This is a great way to show off your painting skills and create a one of a kind wardrobe stable for evenings and weekends out on the town!

  • Pretty Petal Tee Shirt

    So you are wondering how to make a t-shirt scarf, but can't bear to chop up your favorite tees. No problem! Add a cute embellishment around the collar to turn drab into fab!

  • Upcycled Ruffle Shirt

    Ruffles and rhinestones are always in, and this Upcycled Ruffle Shirt is a great way to craft with an old tee shirt. Crafts like this make awesome wardrobe staples and help clear closet space for even more fun tops!

  • Layered T shirt Rehab

    If you have a hole or a stain in your favorite tee, don't toss it! Use this unique stencil idea to create a double layered shirt, perfect for fall and spring.

Do you have a favorite old T-shirt that you can't bear to part with?
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