Admit it. At one time or another, we’ve all turned a cherished t-shirt into a dust rag. Perhaps you sighed the first time you sprayed your favorite top with furniture polish to dust off your coffee table. Maybe you felt a pang of guilt when you knocked a spider out of its web with an old fabric friend. Just because it doesn’t fit anymore doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye or relegate your beloved tee to the task bin.
Here’s a couple of ten minute tips to repurpose any team jersey or souvenir t-shirt into a “new” useful item.
Throw pillow! Start by cutting off the sleeves (or leave them intact for a more interesting look), and then sew all the sides closed but one. Fill the form with cotton or polyester batting before hand-sewing the remaining section. Badda Bing! In no time you have a hip pillow for the playroom, kid’s room, or sport’s cave.
Re-useable tote bag! Cut the sleeves off the t-shirt as straight as possible (hold on to them… they can be used for another purpose that we’ll talk about in a minute). Next, cut around the neck removing the knit collar, and widening what will become the opening of the bag. (You can run a finishing hem over this or not… we won’t judge!) Sew the bottom hems together and voila! You have an earth-friendly shopping, book, or what-have-you bag. For a different spin, pull elastic or drawstring through the hem of the t-shirt leaving just enough of an opening to hold and dispense plastic grocery bags.
Headbands! Our last quick tip involves the sleeves you cut off for that tote bag. Depending on the size of the material, you can whip up a headband for a child or yourself! Sew a finishing hem on the cut side, embellish or bedazzle in your style and before you know it… you’re old t-shirt is an accessory for your new tee!
Here’s one more idea before you go – this one is for moving furniture. Don’t have a set of castors available? Slip old or unmatched socks over each leg of your dresser or bed and the piece will easily glide across the floor without leaving behind any scratches.
There you have it! Quick and easy! (You’re welcome, Eric Clapton World Tour Tee!)
Photo credits: Pillows: www.Thenshemade.com, T-shirt bags: http://flatbreadco.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/making-tee-shirt-bags/, Headband: http://www.gwennypenny.com/2011_03_01_archive.html