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Creative Ways to Recycle Your Old T-shirts


Every end is a new beginning. We’ve rounded up a collection of the very best ways you can re-use your most beloved tee after it has been deemed no longer decent to be worn in public.

braceletBraided Bracelets

A great bracelet can be the perfect finishing touch to your outfit. But did you know that your wasted T-shirts can help you make one at home? It’s quite simple; you just have to slice the garment into strips and braid them together. You can also get a plain bangle and wrap the T-shirt strips around it. Who would’ve thought that your printed T-shirts can be used to craft a funky-looking bracelets?

Personalised Tote Bags

Yes people, you’re reading this right — you really can fashion a tote bag from a T-shirt. But if you can’t find just the right one for your bag, then why not get in touch with a printing company to get a custom one done up?

An apron

For those of you who enjoy being in the kitchen (so, not me), this apron is perfect for keeping your clothing clean while you whip up something tasty.

cushionPlump Pillow

You might have bought many crazy tees on a vacation or at the market from aimless shopping. Well, no worries; just convert your tees into a pillow and make the best use of it! The truth is that a T-shirt is the most comfortable thing, and so is a pillow, so why can’t they be one and the same?

Cute Kid Skirt

You can shape your tee however you want, but second-hand items aren’t the only option for a used T-shirt. How about a hand-me-down? Your used T-shirt is a kid’s treasure, perhaps. So don’t throw it away, you already spent the cash at that printing company in London, or maybe we’re talking about an old promotional T-shirt; in any case, your kid will wear it proud!

A skirt isn’t the only thing you can make for your little ones — check out this list of stuff you can create from an old tee for them.

Wall Décor

We all have different tastes as per the decor around us. For people that believe in revamping their otherwise throwaway products, wall decor is a perfect option to save the day. Bind your tee in a drawing canvas and hang it on the wall. Especially if your old T-shirt is full of memories, this is the way to cherish them.


About Erik Mickelson

Erik Mickelson is the author of Northwest Custom Apparel's blogs. Erik has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 1996 after graduating from Washington State University and is the founder of the Apparel Graphic Academy. Trained by the custom graphic apparel industry's best, Mark Venit, Erik brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Embroidery Adventure blog. As they say, 'Experience is the best teacher.' We are proud to have Erik as part of our team!

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