5 Ideas for Recycling Your T-Shirts

Seems like if you have enough t-shirts you should be able to keep everyone in undies for a while, strange no one has thought to make undies into t-shirts though, I’m sure my spiderman briefs would make an excellent t-shirt graphic (JK).

So here are the sources of t-shirt recycling ideas:

Send your t-shirts to SoloJones to get made into cute undies

Go and buy the book Generation T 108 ways to transform a T-shirt for a lot of t-shirt re-fashioning ideas, and check out the web site for a new free tutorial every month
(they have a blog too although it doesn’t seem to be getting updated any more)

Check out OhMyStars.com for about 30 different tutorials on refashioning shirts, like this triangle camisole
Tut Tricami

Supernaturale.com has a bunch of patterns for making your own underwear out of t-shirts and is one of the only sites with any ideas for guys with a pattern for making boxer shorts (pdf)
super natural underwear

And of course threadbanger shows you how to reuse t-shirt graphics to dress up other pieces of clothing like dress shirts.

Courtesy of Threadbanger, bang on guys

Hat Tip to Treehugger

Anyone have any other ideas? Add them to the comments and I’ll add them to the post. I’ll send out a threadless gift certificate for any really awesome and original ideas.

Love this T-shirt shopping bag idea, you can make your own or even buy them from Greenteebag.com


18 Responses to “5 Ideas for Recycling Your T-Shirts”

  1. daniel says:

    coOl this is a great idea

  2. Joe says:

    I had this idea the other idea where you could cut turn the torso of a t-shirt into a skirt (if you have a pattern or something and some sewing skills, which I don’t! plus I don’t wear skirts), and then you could sew on the sleeves as outside pockets. I wouldn’t be surprised if something like that were in Generation T.

  3. verna says:

    Old t-shirts can make a great braided rug – just tear into strips & braid together, adding more strips as necessary – then coil into a circle or oval shape and sew together!
    T-shirts are very good for this because they don’t fray when you cut into strips, they are nice and soft to step on, and you can launder them easily! Makes great bath mats.

  4. Tremaine E says:

    You could recycle your many t-shirts into a very nice quilt that could bring back memories of old shirts.


    Here’s some pictures of finished quilts; they look really nice.


    I’ll have to try this sometime!

  5. Tremaine E says:

    Heh, sorry for double-replying here. One last recycling thing I noticed – turning a t-shirt into a shopping bag which is great for the environment and really cool!

    http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=37b1b744dd165110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=tshirt shopping bag&rsc=ns2006_m1

    There’s a video as well as an article for the instructions, the end result looks pretty good. It’s a nice way of recycling your t-shirts and getting them noticed.

  6. karl says:

    @Tremaine nice finds, particularly like the shopping bag, that’s great and green :-)

    @verna bath mats are a good idea, although my new fav bath mat is a nice rough woven doormat, feels good on the feet in the morning :-)

  7. Tremaine: I’ve done the quilt thing, it’s pretty easy even for an indifferent quilter such as myself.

    Turned my husband’s old HS and college T-shirts into a quilt so he could stop wearing them but keep the nostalgia factor alive. He loves it.

  8. Andrew says:

    Something I have done to recycle old tees of mine that i liked was stretched them over a matting and painted on them just like you would any other canvas. People love the works localy and im sure with the recent t-shirt craze it would be popular on a national level.

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  10. Beth says:

    I vote for the t-shirt quilt!

  11. Rhianon says:

    At best this looks makes me look like I begrudge spending any money on my kids, but heigh ho: I put my old tees on a hot wash so they shrink nice and small then put my six year old in them when he’s playing – he thinks they’re cool, they filter off the unrelenting grime (just) and they’re nice and thin so they wash & dry quickly. I realise I’ve come a long way that I can admit to that openly.

  12. J says:

    could you make spiderman briefs in a size 36-38? and a price?

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  14. These are great ideas! Check out our website for shirts we sell using RECYCLED MATERIAL. In addition, we will plant a tree in your name for every shirt bought. Enjoy!

  15. CT says:

    Recycling shirts is the best way to save money, I buy shirt and stencil them myself. Customized designs you find no where.

  16. Perhaps waterproof jackets and leotards could be made into swimsuits ?

  17. Operationoverhaul says:

    Love the t-shirt underwear! Check out the tshirt yarn we made from upcycling an old shirt! 


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