Have a bunch of old t-shirts at home? Before you dump them, try upcycling them! At green 3 we love to make products out of fabric that otherwise would have been discarded. And tees are no exception! Here are 10 ideas of items made from upcycled tees.
New to our Spring-Summer collection is our Tee Blanket (shown above). This soft blanket is made from reclaimed and excess t-shirts (double-layer). It is also part of our Aspiro program that provides job and life skill training for adults with cognitive disabilities. Each throw features at least three assorted/random graphics.
Pieced Jersey Pants
Pieced Jersey Pants made from upcycled tees – by KoJoDesigns
The ladies at KoJoDesigns created this pair of cozy and comfy pants for a little boy. They used thriftstore bound t-shirts; but you could use any tees that you have at home. You can find their tutorial for this project here.
Braided Belt made from Upcycled Tees – by Delia Creates
Cut 4 strips from a t-shirt, braid them, and finish off the ends with D rings. The full tutorial can be found on the Delia Creates website, along with a modified version of a headband.
Manatee Pillow Pet
Manatee Pillow Pet made from an upcycled tee – by We Lived Happily Ever After
This adorable little manatee was made from one extra large t-shirt. Instructions and a free pattern can be downloaded from We Lived Happily Ever After.
Skirt made from upcycled Tees – by green 3
Our Reclaimed Americana Tee Skirt is made from reclaimed cotton tees and has a fold-over jersey waistband.
Throw Pillows made from upcycled tees – by Jess Abbott
Don’t worry if you outgrow your favorite tee. You can make a throw pillow out of it, like Jess Abbott did! Her instructions can be found here.
Upcycled Tee Wreath
Wreath made from upcycled tees – by The Eco Chic
The Eco Chic turned two large shirts (plus a foam wreath form and scissors) into a wreath! Use different colors for the different seasons.
Tee Panel Scarf
Scarves made from upcycled tees – by green 3
Our Tee Panel Scarves are made from reclaimed tees, cut into panels and sewn together.
T-Shirt Gym Bag
T-Shirt Gym Bag made from upcycled tees – by Erin Currie, eHow
This fun and functional duffel bag is made from upcycled t-shirts and is the perfect size for taking to the gym. Instructions can be found on the eHow website.
Dog Toy made from upcycled tees – by Lana Red Studio
Lana from Lana Red Studio created this adorable dog toy from old, stretchy tees. Her sister’s puppy is one lucky dog to have such a cute toy!
We found TONS of additional ideas for upcycling t-shirts; but these 10 ideas are a good start. Have you made something creative from your old tees? Let us know! We’d love to see what you came up with!