8 Ways to Reuse Your T-shirt

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This story is part of Earth911’s “Green Eight” series, where we showcase eight ways to green your life in various areas.

We here at Earth911.com work week after week to make our 8 Ways series both useful and fun. Having said that let’s be honest; this week, we are hedging a little more on the fun side. Though you’re not going to change the world by simply giving that old Miami Vice shirt something new to do, you will be practicing the art form of reuse, having a good time and not doing any harm in the process.

Now that we’ve divulged the motivation behind the list, lets address issue number two.  You may not be a seamstress and wondering who, if anyone, still dives into the old needle and thread. Well, the Sewing and Stitchery Expo, in Tacoma, Wash., is a yearly reminder of how many people like to get hands-on, about 30,000 people from all over the world to be exact. With that many talented DIY’ers out there, imagine what creative uses can be found for that old T-shirt.

Getting Prepared

If you’re a newbie, check out the following Web sites for some sewing 101. Get more info on how to make patterns, create basic stitches and get that old sewing machine up and running.

Besides the national events, daily projects and advice can be found at a gamut of sites including, Threadbanger and Sewing.org, where there are endless resources for the newbie or the seasoned veteran. So, have fun, dive in and get ready for some reuse.

Keep In Mind…

Some of the below suggestions are going to need shirts that are up to the challenge, so rips and holes might not be the best. For others, you’re just using small sections of the shirt or strips of the material so the more worn in the better.

Need More?

Still not sure you can do it? Check out this quick tutorial from Threadbanger for a simple T-shirt redesign that takes about 15 minutes. It stars Megan Nicolay, author, self-proclaimed “obsessive DIYer” and creator of Generation-T.com. This is a perfect example of how quick and easy some of these projects can be.

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