Nine Great Ways To Recycle Old Cotton Shirts

Depending on your talent when it comes to sewing or the necessities you have, you can do a lot to recycle old cotton shirts that you no longer use.
Nine fantastic ways to recycle old cotton shirts

We all have some old cotton shirts lying around. They go well with most jeans, and in fact they can also be worn with skirts if you go for a more challenging look.

Regardless, whether it is because the fabric has worn out or it has lost its color,  after a while we almost always stop using them, and we replace them with new ones.

The good news is that  we must not leave them unused. And we definitely do not need to throw them in the trash, because the material is still usable. With a little time and creativity,  old cotton shirts can also be transformed into interesting accessories and crafts that we can reuse at any time.

Are you ready to start?

1. Make shopping bags from old cotton shirts

Shopping bags of old t-shirts

It’s time to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Cloth bags are the eco-friendly choice  that will soon replace the polluting material that has already caused so much damage to the environment. Still, instead of buying a cloth bag, what do you think about  using the fabric from your old cotton shirts to make one?

It is easy!

  • Cut off the sleeves of the shirt, sew the bottom together with a sewing machine, and if you want,  widen the neck for easier storage.
  • Of course, you have the freedom to cut into the fabric as you wish. It just depends on your creativity.

2. Hairband

Hair bands

At the store you can find all sorts of hair bands that compliment your hairstyle or change your look. Still, by dedicating a few minutes to crafts, you can create a beautiful headband using the fabric from your old cotton shirts.

  • Cut off a part of the shirt, fold it, and make different stripes.
  • Then,  combine them in a braid or in knots.
  • Adjust the size to fit your head.
  • It is easy!

3. Puter

Pillow of old t-shirt

Although it may be a little discolored or worn, the fabric from our t-shirts is thin and manageable, which makes them great for making pillows from. You can cut them into the shape you like best and you only need to sew the sides together with your sewing machine, or tie them together if you make strips. Then you can put them together with your furniture, dog bed, or wherever you want.

  • Look for differently shaped pillows, make a shape, and cut it out.
  • You can fill them with cotton, fabric scraps or other soft material.

4. Scarf

Homemade scarf

You do not have to spend a lot of money on a nice scarf if you want to change your style. If you dedicate some time, you can turn your old t-shirt into a fantastic accessory.

5. Filleryer


Rags made with fabric remnants from a t-shirt are great for the entrance area or for the foot of your bed. It’s an old craft that you’ve probably seen made by your grandparents.

  • Cut the shirt into small pieces and tie them together  until you have a large enough blanket.

6. Belts

Homemade belt

Cutting different strips of old cotton shirts is the first step in  creating an interesting and beautiful belt. You can use it to keep your pants up, or as a  strap for your wallet or purse.

  • Make a braid with your t-shirt strips, then make a knot so you can adjust it.

7. Apron

Colorful aprons

Are you tired of getting stains on your clothes when you cook? Take the old cotton shirts that you no longer use out of your dresser and  use them to make some beautiful and useful aprons.

  • Use the front of the shirt to cut out the shape of the apron. With the extra fabric, you can make the threads and pockets.
  • If you wish, you can add buttons and decorative prints.

8. Sports stop

Sports stop

If you are good with the sewing machine, you can probably  turn all your old t-shirts into comfortable sports tops.

  • Make a pattern on a piece of paper, draw it on the fabric, and cut it out.
  • Be sure to  leave some extra fabric on the sides of the seam to sew it back on.

9. Washcloths of old cotton shirts

Homemade washcloth

This is definitely the easiest use! If you want to quickly recycle this item of clothing while also saving money,  make it into a washcloth. The material is thin, absorbent  and it is ideal for removing dust and other substances. You can use them in the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.

  • Cut the shirts into squares and rectangles and if you want,  sew the edges together so they do not wear out so easily.

Now that you know how to extend the life of the old shirts that you have no longer used,  test your creativity and make these interesting crafts.

You will love the results!

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