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« on: August 14, 2008 12:49:30 PM »

I have tons of t-shirts and i already lookd in the clothing reconn.. area and found awesome ideas! i made one all on my own but i just ran out of things to do with them! i cants throw them out bcuz... well just bcuz so any tips on what to do with them?
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2008 03:03:46 PM »

if you have dogs that like chewing/shredding, t-shirts may great poppet-style toys for them to shred.  They last a long time and the "stuffing" won't leave little piles of fluff all over your carpet.  Basically just cut off a sleeve, sew one end, stuff the rest of the shirt in and sew up the other side.  Voila!  Simple, but that'll entertain a puppy for a while!
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2008 11:23:28 AM »

T-shirt string! I can't remember exactly where I found the idea though Undecided good for knitters and crocheters

or if you sew use them as fabric. It just doesn't have to be clothes recons. Think cozies and stuffed animals..quilts.

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2008 01:19:54 PM »

There was a post in the crochet board involving old t-shirts...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227335.0
It's basically a t-shirt rug.  I think it's darn cute.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2008 04:53:22 PM »

Like Chelsea K said, use them as fabric.

If some of the shirts are cute, recon them. When you get sick of reconned clothes, use the cute shirts for a t-shirt quilt, backpack, purses, pillows, anything where you want to see the design.

For all those junk shirts or solid shirts, use the scraps. Rag rugs like radiationbaby said, or a shag rug like I'm doing. If you're daring, use the scraps in a crazy quilt (definitely on my to-do list). I've seen checkbook covers made out of scraps, I've seen knitted items, just about anything.

I like the book Generation T. It has lots of ideas, and instructions for a some of the things I mentioned above. I did a quick Amazon search and there were a bunch of t-shirt recon books. Have fun and good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2008 04:15:17 PM »

My older sister had the same perdicament: she had gazillions of t-shirts and hoodies left over from her high school basketball days, and couldn't bring herself to throw them out, even though they were ratty and holey.

So, instead, she cut out the graphics on each front/back of the shirt in standard sized squares. Then, she sewed them together to make a big, orange-black-and white quilt (those were the school's colors.)

Its quite cute! and, she gets to hold onto all those fun memories that she associated with her T-shirts.

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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2008 08:28:39 PM »

T skirts :]!

http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/THR_20071005

they are so cute. threadbangers has a bunch of ideas to use t-shirts
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2008 07:24:20 AM »

t-shirts make excellent pillow cases - soft and comfy (i've done this with a few of them...)

on the recon page here i've seen t-shirt dresses, t-shirt skirts, t-shirt bikinis, t-shirt yoga pants... I figure if there's something missing in your wardrobe, you can probably make it from a t-shirt!
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2008 09:17:02 PM »

make baby slings!  Cozy, snuggly, super easy!

http://thriftydomestica.blogspot.com/2008/09/at-last-behold-t-shirt-baby-sling.html

Oh, and high chair/shopping cart covers!

http://thriftydomestica.blogspot.com/2008/07/t-shirt-shopping-carthighchair-cover.html

If they are small t-shirts, you can make reusable shopping bags out of them!  Just cut off the sleaves, cut the neck hole nice and big and sew along the bottom.  Voila!
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2008 07:48:51 PM »

make a quilt Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2008 05:29:41 AM »

Borrow a book called Generation T from your local libray. It shows you 108 ways to refashion your Tshirts. I'm really fanscinated by all the ideas and just wish I had the time to try all of them out!
http://www.generation-t.com/book.html
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2008 07:25:59 PM »

Borrow a book called Generation T from your local libray. It shows you 108 ways to refashion your Tshirts. I'm really fanscinated by all the ideas and just wish I had the time to try all of them out!
http://www.generation-t.com/book.html

I would definitely agree with this, and the t-shirt quilt comment. I love t-shirt quilts they are so damn soft and cozy.
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2008 08:57:10 PM »

I have always wanted to make either a quilt or pillow out of my old t-shirts. If you aren't attached to them in anyway, my mom used to use old t-shirts as dust rags.

If there is a special picture or feature of the front of the t-shirt, you can cut it out and use it for any kind of cozy. Some sewing might be involved as the shirt will start to fringe. I have this smokey the bear shirt that won't fit anymore and a match box cozy would be perfect for that. Or any kind of kitchen appliance.   
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2008 10:00:55 AM »

Another great tshirt recon book is called Tease. I like that one better than Generation T. Has projects you never dreamed of for tshirts.
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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2008 12:17:24 PM »

I agree with an earlier reader.  Generation T has a lot of ideas for repurposing the t's into new clothes.  I have been saving t-shirts and hitting the thrift stores for about 4 months now.  There is a t-shirt scarf and quilt that I am planning on making.  DIY Network has directions at
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_clothing/article/0,,diy_13751_5193021_04,00.html
Here's the Creative Juice's directions for a tshirt quilt- http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_linens_fabrics/article/0,2025,DIY_13765_4412057,00.html

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« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2008 10:45:38 PM »

pillow cushion covers
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« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2008 07:30:48 AM »

I just looked up Tease book.  It does look good.  I would definitely like to have that book!
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« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2008 04:37:54 PM »

T shirt latch-hook rugs... I'm currently hoarding old t shirts so I can make something like this...

http://www.greenyourdecor.com/2008/04/28/cotton-spaghetti-rug/
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« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2008 11:55:06 PM »

My friend and I started a t shirt challenge were we mailed each other shirts we were tired of and posted pictures of our results...it's a great way to keep in touch and stay on our creative toes. You could make hoodies, arm and leg warmers, tube tops, tank tops..the sky's the limit! I've also seen reusable shopping totes made out of old t shirts that are pretty cool, and super handy (unique holiday gifts?)
Good luck, and happy crafting!
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« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2008 05:27:03 PM »

I used a tshirt as the lining of my scoodie http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284455.0
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