10 Fun and Practical Ways to Reuse an Old T-shirt

April, time for spring cleaning and celebrating Earth Day … these handy and fun ways to reuse your old t-shirts will help with both and even better, they’ll help save you some money too. A few of these require you to know your way around a sewing machine but we’ve found great instructions and there’s plenty that require nothing more than a pair of scissors!

  1. Shopping Bag – a fun project that looks fairly simple. Martha Stewart’s site has instructions as well as a step-by-step video. This really is a “good thing”!
  2. Car seat cover (big people car seats) – if you’ve got some messy munchkins in your car use an old t-shirt as a quick cover up to save your seats. Just slip it right over the seat (not the child’s car seat). You can tuck one under your child’s car seat to help with the wear and tear on the upholstery. Also helps keep a leather seat cool in the summer if you have a child in a backless booster seat.
  3. Cleaning rags – this one’s obvious and no crafty skills involved and really, there’s nothing like ripping up an old t-shirt to relieve a little end of the day stress!
  4. Wall art – if you’ve got a favourite tee from your past you just can’t part with try framing it and hanging it on the wall.
  5. Pet toys – stuff a square with a bit of catnip, bring the corners up and tie / sew together and your cats will be entertained for hours. Or put a bunch of big knots in your old tee and let Fido chew and fetch.
  6. Art Smocks – cheap, easy and they wash well!
  7. Pillow cases – some skill with a needle and thread required. We found a few good patterns online, but here’s one with really easy to follow instructions.
  8. Baby Wipes – super soft, pre-worn cotton shirts make for lovely baby wipes. Cut into squares, whip up a homemade solution, soak and your baby will be thanking you (with big gummy, wet kisses!).
  9. Baby Diapers – if you’re super crafty and handy with a sewing machine here’s a pattern and step-by-step instructions for making the most adorable reusable diapers from old t-shirts, via Natural Violet.
  10. Donate – if you’re really not the crafty type or just don’t have the time you can always purge and donate your gently used tees and other clothes to any number of deserving thrift stores!

So go, clean out those overflowing closets, and have some fun saving money and the environment.

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