How to Repurpose Closeout Tees

If cats have nine lives, t-shirts have at least double that. A tee’s life does not have to be over when wearing it for its original purpose is no longer desired. After all, many t-shirts have memories attached to them, and getting rid of them totally is sometimes hard to do.

Personalcreations.com puts it eloquently: “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. There’s just something undeniably special about that fabric. With so much going for it, no wonder that most of us hate to part with our favorite t-shirts. Thankfully, you don’t have to. Aside from its magical time-traveling abilities, t-shirt fabric has properties that make it an excellent source of upcycling potential. It’s easy to cut, doesn’t need to be hemmed and stretching it only makes better.” 

So, aside from donating it to an organization such as Goodwill or Red Cross, or selling it online, a little creativity can extend the life of almost any t-shirt— and give you a reason to keep it around and provide even more memories. Here are but a few of the many ways to repurpose closeout tees or any other tees you may have lying around.

Change Is Good

One way to repurpose old t-shirts is to craft it into something else. Kate Puhala, writing for Brit, believes that almost any tee can be transformed into a scarf, a bracelet, or a necklace— almost anything you can think of. Anyone with a little bit of sewing talent can magically transform a shirt into a fashionable accessory for any season.

More ways to get more use out of an old shirt is to change it into a useful accessory for the home. Mauela Williams notes that one or more shirts can be combined to make a soft rug, placemats, toilet lid covers, and many more items. Need new pillowcases? Shirts can be transformed into decorative and snuggly pillowcases. Combine multiple shirts to form a long-lasting blanket or quilt that will bring back memories whenever it is used.

But useful accessories don’t have to be limited to use in the home. You can craft shopping bags, knapsacks, textbook covers, purses, airline pillows, computer bags— the possibilities go on and on, and so can your shirt!

For those desiring new clothing options, shirts can be altered to form a new shirt style. Long sleeves can be cut to make short-sleeved shirts. Add long sleeves from one shirt to make a short-sleeved shirt a long-sleeved shirt. Take parts of several shirts to form an entirely new shirt.

A fun way to reuse old shirts and to add decoration to your home is to make them into wall art. Take the main part of the shirt and make a nice wall decoration. Also, you can decorate walls with shirts instead of paint to make any room one that people will enjoy being in.

Don’t Forget Fido!

Suddenly Frugal writes that shirts can be transformed into items for the family pet or pets. The durable construction of a shirt makes it ideal to make a new toy for a playful dog or cat. Or, if you prefer, an old tee can become a nice costume for the family pet. You can also use shirts to make a new liner for your pet’s bed. There are many ways to repurpose shirts for pets.

When it comes to getting further use from close-out shirts, the only limit is your imagination. There are an almost infinite number of creative ways to repurpose tees, so why not turn an old shirt into something that will last and provide more memories and use? Keep that old, reliable friend around to share more memories and to provide a needed function in your life.

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