Sign Up For Email Savings: March 29, A T-shirt is something to look forward to at the end of a long day. Slipping into the soft weave of a jersey knit can take us back in time to childhood, our first rock concert or the summer we fell in love with hot pink.
With so much going for it, no wonder that most of us hate to part with our favorite T-shirts. Aside from its magical time-traveling abilities, T-shirt fabric has properties that make it an excellent source of upcycling potential.
In about a half-hour you can try finger knitting and the Josephine knot to see which one you like best. Pretty T-Shirt Roses Love a reason to break out the hot glue gun? Plus, the finished bands are so cute that no one will ever guess you made them in two minutes.
Once you perfect the four-strand braiding technique, it can be used in many different projects. In her easy headband tutorial, she uses fabric dye to paint on an ombre effect for a splash of color. The style is on trend and the fabric is lightweight, so you can show it off for the next few months. Mix and match your favorite colors, and when you tire of the set re-wrap them for a whole new look.
The mesh cut is great for carrying fruits and veggies from the farmers market. The fabric drapes nicely and would be an excellent swimsuit cover during the summer. Cut a T-shirt down to size and add a few buttons for flair.
This no-sew version will be finished in minutes. Those who like to sew can click through to step two for a tutorial on adding pockets. Chez Larsson shows how to turn a dorky souvenir into a darling conversation piece.
If you can tie a knot, you can make these no-sew cushions. You will, however, need a large pile of gently worn shirts. Alpha Mom shows how to weave a colorful piece of cloth that can be used to make dishrags, rugs, placemats and more.
T-Shirt Art Some T-shirts rise to the level of art, so it makes sense to hang them on the wall. My Home My Style shows how to stretch your favorite designs over canvas for a unique way to decorate. Plant Hanger Macrame is back and this easy craft from Walk in Love will make you wonder why it ever went away. Start with T-shirt strips, then twist, knot and tie your way to a beautiful hanging planter. DIY Espadrilles Next time you pick up a brightly color T-shirt, grab an extra one to make a matching pair of shoes.
Using the same braiding technique as you used for the belt, you can make a comfortable cotton strap for an old pair of sandals. Block-Print T-Shirt Give any top a quick makeover with a set of block stamps. This crafty idea from Killed by Crafts can be used in combination with many of the T-shirt tutorials below. Trendy Tween Top With just 15 minutes before the big game, who has time to transform anything? Uncommon Designs Online shows 15 minutes is all it takes to make a shirt that will stand out from the crowd.
This cropped tank from La Vie en Rose is perfect for layering and it only takes a few snips of the scissors make something fabulous. The fringe sleeves are cool for summer days, which are just around the corner. Dolman T-Shirt Comfy and casual, dolman sleeves seem like the perfect fit for pure jersey cotton. Trash To Couture shows where to cut and what to sew to achieve this piece of effortless fashion.
Fringe Tank Long fringe and a row or two of loose knots give this reconstructed T-shirt from Pop Champagne a free-spirited look. Consider adding a few beads for a bit of bohemian sparkle. Big Bow Tee Turn a long-sleeved T-shirt into a summery blouse with flowing bows. Skip the neck detail if you prefer not to sew, either way this top from Ruby Murrays Musings can be finished in less than an hour.
One-Shoulder Shirt Pressed for time on a Friday night? No-Sew Bow Sleeves Express your girly side with a subtle, no-sew bow. This minute craft from Creating Laura looks nice with a plain T-shirt, but really pops on the sleeve of a striped or floral fabric.
This simple lattice design gets an infusion of elegance from the diamond-cut studs. Just grab a bleach pen from the laundry room and start doodling. Long Live the T-shirt! How do you repurpose your old T-shirts? Like us on Facebook and share a photo of your most creative customizations.