11 Ways To Upcycle a T-Shirt

How many T-shirts are in your drawers? It’s estimated that over 2 billion T-shirts are sold each year. T-shirts are a wardrobe staple for many people, but what happens to them when they don’t get worn any longer? You could always donate them to a thrift store, but their T-shirt shelves are overflowing and there isn’t much demand for used T-shirts. If you are a craft person, there are hundreds of fun upcycling projects that use T-shirts.

The following are just a few of my favorite ways to upcycle T-shirts.

11 Ways to Upcycle T-Shirts

1. This cozy T-shirt shag rug from Instructables. 

T-shirt shag rug

Source: Instructables

2. These very hip T-shirt baby bibs by A Little Tipsy.

tshirt bibs

Source: A Little Tipsy

3. A cuddly manaTEE from We Lived Happily Ever After.


Source: We Lived Happily Ever After

4. Super affordable T-shirt cloth diapers by Dirty Diaper Laundry. 

tshirt cloth diaper

Source: Dirty Diaper Laundry

5. Reusable T-shirt menstrual pads by Put A Cup In It. 

tshirt cloth menstrual pads

Source: Put A Cup In It

6. This useful T-shirt braided keychain from Crafts by Amanda.

tshirt braided keychain

Source: Crafts by Amanda

7. These decorative T-shirt pom poms by Craftaholics Anonymous. 

tshirt pom poms

Source: Crafaholics Anonymous

8. This stylish braided infinity scarf from Max & Me Designs.

braided T-shirt infinity scarf

Source: Max & Me Designs

9. This precious five-strand braided T-shirt headband by Make It & Love It. 

braided T-shirt headband

Source: Make It & Love It

10. This very colorful crocheted T-shirt rug by Cauda Design.  

Braided Tshirt Rug

Source: Cauda Design

11. This handy no-sew T-shirt tote bag by Mommypotamus. 

tshirt tote bag

Source: Mommypotamus

The hardest part will be deciding exactly which T-shirts to upcycle first!

Do you have some good projects for upcycling T-shirts you’d like to share? Post them in the Earthling Forum.

Editor’s note: Originally published on September 3, 2015, this article was updated in February 2020.

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