Tuesday, August 2, 2016

T-shirt upcycling

We all seem to have a lot of t-shirts. They are cheap, comfortable, versatile and always seem to be the item of clothing used for 'souvenirs' of events and places.  I remember as a kid I always wanting to buy t-shirts with funny pictures and quotes on them.  

Over the past couple of weeks I've been upcycling a box of t-shirts belonging to my girls that I have been collecting for a few years as they grew out of them. I've had fun upcycling them into several things from a quilt to a balloon dog!  

There are endless ideas out there for what you can make with old t-shirts. I thought I'd collect a lot of them together in one place. Some are my projects, many are linked up to the very large and growing Clothes Upcycling Linky that now has over 600 ideas linked up!

So if you have some old t-shirts that don't get worn, and you need inspiration as to what to do with them - read on! There are pictures and links - many of which have full tutorials to show you how it's done!

Pillows and Cushions
Cute Decorative Pillows from Felt Magnet, T-shirt Rag Quilt Pillow from Welcome's Autumn, Favourite T-shirt into Cushion from Threading my Way, Paris T-shirt Pillow by Creating my way to Success, and Memory Pillow From Maiden Jane

Bags and pouches
Reusable Bag from The Sweetest Pear, Church Tote from T-shirt from Blissful and Domestic, T-shirt Bag from Reasons to Skip the Housework, T-shirt Sleeves to Pouches from Creating my way to Success, Tote from a T-shirt from Maiden Jane and Handbag from T-shirt by Brassy Apple.

A T-shirt Quilt
There are heaps of ideas and tutorials out there, and so many beautiful and fun quilts made from t-shirts. 
This is my own version and tutorial.

Clothes Refashioned from T-shirts

Skirts and Dresses

Other Clothes 

So many possibilities!
T-shirts can be made into just about any clothing item you want! Even slippers!

Finally a couple of extra ideas I've tried that have proved popular.

To see lots more ideas for t-shirt upcycling, you can visit my 

So are you inspired to upcycle some of your old t-shirts?

If you do upcycle any old clothes, I would love if you added your projects to the ongoing Clothes Upcycling Linky. It's grown into a hugely popular resource over the years and continues to be my most popular page.

Happy Upcycling!

I shall be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons and direct links can be found on my linky party page


  1. Some great ideas here, Jill. I have a huge box of t-shirts, all deconstructed ready to make ??? Thanks for including my t-shirt cushion.

    1. Thanks Pam! I shall be watching out for you sharing photos of t-shirt upcycles then!! :)

  2. Thank you for sharing my t-shirt slipper tutorial!!


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