7 Ways To Restyle An Old T-Shirt

February 6th, 2009 by Amy

I’m starting to look at all the random under-used T-shirts in my drawers as free fabric. Wonder what I could make?



I love this bikini idea. It’s inexpensive, functional, and adorable. That said, I have absolutely no plans to make or wear it and am in awe of those who might! This cute video will walk you through the steps.



Well, you can’t actually make a book, but this book will give you plenty of ideas of what to make. Poking around in a bookstore the other day, Generation T caught my eye. Well, what really caught my eye was the sassy red halter and that was enough to make me take it off the shelf and start drooling. The Pied Piper of T-Shirt crafts, Megan Nicolay will have you cutting, shredding, ripping, and restyling your T-Shirts with utter abandon. She used to hold “Tee Parties” in her Brooklyn apartment so that folks gather and repurpose their Ts together. Brilliant. Her new book – with tons of new ideas – will be out in the Spring of 2009; pre-order here.


Somehow in my Internet wanderings, I ended up on a website of a Swedish design group. Fuldesign provides “design for everyone who is not perfect and does not fit into the artificial total make-over world.” Of course, I felt right at home. Check out their handy How To: Make a Monster out of a TShirt … The results are imperfection anyone could love.



A mom over at RookieMoms.com whipped up a pair of adorable play pants … in less than an hour! Right in the middle of a busy afternoon, this mom whittled a castaway adult T into toddler wear. She sounds like a pro. These super simple shorts from a different blog are a variation on the theme and just as cute!



Do what they did years ago with rags … crochet a rug! Wonderfully colorful and amazingly durable, these rugs are a great way to recycle. If you get started now you can give them away as gifts next holiday season!


Tote Bag

Check out this video for instructions on how to give your neglected T new life as a busy tote bag. 



While most folks don’t make their own undies these days, I found a brave blogger who boldly crafts new skivvies out of old Ts. Again, I am in awe.

Love the idea, but not that crafty? The sewers at www.solojones.com will make ‘em for ya.



The folks at Threadbanger.com promise to show you how to make a vest. A little leery? They also promise that it ”doesn’t suck.” Check it out!

2 Responses to “7 Ways To Restyle An Old T-Shirt”

  1. Seven Of » Blog Archive » 7 Ways To Restyle An Old T-shirt – Redux Says:

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  2. Melissa Says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I just reserved a copy of that book from my local library and can’t wait to get it!!! Now off to hunt down more tee shirts!

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