11 Ways to Upcycle TShirts

How many T-shirts are in your drawers? It’s estimated that over 2 billion T-shirts are sold each year. T-shirts are a wardrobe staple for many people, but what happens to them when they don’t get worn any longer? You could always donate them to a thrift store, but their T-shirt shelves are overflowing and there isn’t much demand for used T-shirts. If you are a craft person, there are hundreds of fun upcycling projects that use T-shirts.

The following are just a few of my favorite ways to upcycle T-shirts.

11 Ways to Upcycle T-Shirts

1. This cozy T-shirt shag rug from Instructables. 

T-shirt shag rug
Source: Instructables

2. These very hip T-shirt baby bibs by A Little Tipsy.

tshirt bibs
Source: A Little Tipsy

3. A cuddly manaTEE from We Lived Happily Ever After.

Source: We Lived Happily Ever After

4. Super affordable T-shirt cloth diapers by Dirty Diaper Laundry. 

tshirt cloth diaper
Source: Dirty Diaper Laundry

5. Reusable T-shirt menstrual pads by Put A Cup In It. 

tshirt cloth menstrual pads
Source: Put A Cup In It

6. This useful T-shirt braided keychain from Crafts by Amanda.

tshirt braided keychain
Source: Crafts by Amanda

7. These decorative T-shirt pom poms by Craftaholics Anonymous. 

tshirt pom poms
Source: Crafaholics Anonymous

8. This stylish braided infinity scarf from Max & Me Designs.

braided T-shirt infinity scarf
Source: Max & Me Designs

9. This precious five-strand braided T-shirt headband by Make It & Love It. 

braided T-shirt headband
Source: Make It & Love It

10. This very colorful crocheted T-shirt rug by Cauda Design.  

Braided Tshirt Rug
Source: Cauda Design

11. This handy no-sew T-shirt tote bag by Mommypotamus. 

tshirt tote bag
Source: Mommypotamus

The hardest part will be deciding exactly which T-shirts to upcycle first!

Editor’s note: Originally published on September 3, 2015, this article was updated in February 2020.

By Calley Pate

A self-described eco-junkie, Calley Pate is the owner and editor of The Eco Chic blog covering eco-friendly living, cloth diapers, parenting, photography, and life in general. Her passion growing up was the arts and the ocean. After working as an environmental contractor, Calley took the leap into blogging full time in 2011. Calley is also Marketing & Social Media Manager for Kelly’s Closet cloth diaper retailer.