What to Do With Old T-Shirts

We all have t-shirts and they’re awesome for a time and then they’re not. But what to do with old t-shirts?

If you have t-shirts that you’re thinking of throwing out, can we offer some ethical fashion tips for you? 

Firstly, if they’re in great condition – consider selling or giving them to an online thrift store for further use. 

If not, then check out some great ideas to stop you from adding them to landfill.

what to do with old t-shirts

What To Do With Old T-Shirts: 8 Awesome Ideas


Let Your Dog Have Them

Now, your dog probably won’t look great in a t-shirt but if you tear them a little, knot them up a bit, then boom!

Let Your Dog Have Them

You have a dog toy that any dog would be proud to play with!


Put Them To Bed

Literally! You can always make pillow cases out of an old t-shirt, in fact, some of our favorite t-shirts have found new life that way.

Put Them To Bed

But you can also make a pillow out of them – as this woman did.


Let Them Do They Heavy Lifting

You can also turn some t-shirts into a backpack and it’s super easy to do. 

Let Them Do They Heavy Lifting

Shred them, braid the strands together and then knot them together and you have a stylish backpack that will look great anywhere. 


Make Them Into New T-Shirts

Of course, if they’re still in reasonable shape – you just don’t like the look of the shirt anymore, you could always grant your t-shirts a form of rebirth.

make them into new t-shirts

Yes, you could tie dye them and present your best hippie vibe and it’s a lot of fun to do the dyeing. 


Let Them Be The Ground You Stand On

No, not in a landfill – we’re not throwing them out here. 

Let Them Be The Ground You Stand On

What we are talking about is rendering them down into fibers and then turning them into a cute and hard-wearing rug for use anywhere in your home. 


Hang Them From The Wall

Well, hang them anyway. 

You can take those t-shirts and separate out the threads, braid them a bit, and then make your own stylish wall hanging from the fabric – like this one


Wrap Your Wrists In Them

This is super easy. 

Slice the t-shirts into thin strips and then make yourself some cool friendship bracelets out of them. 


Go All Easter Bunny On Them

We’re not sure why we associate baskets with the Easter Bunny but we do. 

Anyway, you can always learn to turn t-shirt yarn into baskets and it’s surprisingly easy – find some lessons here


Final Thoughts On Old T-Shirts

Recycling is a vital part of ethical fashion and we hope that we’ve given you some great ideas of what to do with old t-shirts.

We’d also urge you to buy recycled fashion in the future if you can too – like these recycled shoes

Then you know you’re doing the best for the planet, all the time.  

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