10 Upcycled T-Shirt Crafts

Star Wars log cabin T-shirt quilt top

Got some old t-shirts that you don’t wear anymore? Don’t toss them! Check out some of our ideas for fun t-shirt crafts instead.

Now that the weather’s cooling off, you’re probably sorting through your dresser and closet, pulling out your cold-weather clothes, and stashing your lighter stuff away until spring. As you sort through, you’re bound to find a couple of old t-shirts that are past their prime. Maybe the pits are stained beyond saving or you’re just tired of wearing that particular tee. Those well-loved t-shirts are perfect for all kinds of fun craft projects!

I also encourage you to share your own upcycled t-shirt crafts here in the comments or by entering them in our monthly Green Crafts Showcase! Showcase entries get a chance to be featured here on the site at the end of every month.

Ready to get crafty? Let’s go!

1.T-shirt bracelet. Dust off your finger-weaving skills from summer camp and whip up some cute, upcycled t-shirt bracelets!

2. Make a t-shirt scarf. Cut up that old tee and make yourself a cozy t-shirt scarf for fall. This isn’t your usual t-shirt scarf, so check out the tutorial for deets!

3. Sew a pillow. Craft Goodies show you how to make a super cute rosette pillow out of a few old t-shirts.

4. T-shirt quilt. Feeling ambitious? Turn a bunch of old t-shirts into a cute quilt! Bonus points for a Star Wars theme, like Julie put together.

5. Grocery tote. Jillee at One Good Thing has a simple tute for turning an old tee into a reusable grocery tote. Cute!

t-shirt with bow

6. Add a bow. Make a boring old t-shirt cute and fun again by adding a sassy bow collar.

7. Upcycled dog toy. This no-sew project is the perfect way to reuse some t-shirts and treat your pup!

8. Create wall art. If you like the shirt’s design but the rest of it has some problems, preserve it as wall art!

9. Make a hat. Ecokaren shows you how to turn an old tee into a comfy hat.

10. Turn a t-shirt into shorts. Julie shows you how to transform an oversized tee into two pairs of kids’ shorts.

Have you guys done any fun, upcycled t-shirt crafts? I’d love to see your project ideas, too! Feel free to drop your links in the comments or enter your latest upcycled t-shirt project in this month’s Green Crafts Showcase!

Image Credits: Star Wars Quilt by Julie Finn, Bow T-Shirt by Becky Striepe

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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