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« on: June 23, 2011 02:38:27 PM »

I have this box of old t-shirts that I've been collecting for years.  There are 22 shirts in the box.  Every time I go through it saying I'm going to part with them, I get all nostalgic sentimental and don't want to throw away any of them!

Some are from plays I was in as a middle school and high school student.  Some are from volunteer work I did during college.  Some are from internet meet ups and reunions.  Each has some sort of emblem or writing on it that is representative of the event I participated in.  Some of the writing and emblems are bigger than others. 

They are really just gathering dust and it seems like a bit of a waste.  I'd really love to reuse them and make something new and useful out of them.  I'm pretty open to how they get used, as long as their unique emblems or writing get preserved or used in the project- even if eventually they will be worn out.  If they were worn out, I might not mind throwing them away so much, but most of these are in good condition- I just don't fit into them any more.

« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011 04:06:23 PM »

The traditional thing would be a tshirt quilt, but for individual ones there might be refashioning tutorials you could look at over on clothing, or tshirt tote bags, you could use a logo on a lampshade maybe. Sleeves make great headbands. I'm making a rag rug out of my old shirts, but that only leaves the colour showing.

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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2011 06:51:02 AM »

I saw a tutorial the other day for making old t-shirts into reusable grocery bags. It seemed very easy. Basically cut the arms off out side of the stitching, sew the bottom together and cut out the neck and seam that. The emblems are preserved and you get to take them out and people will see them and might ask you about them. The bonus as a grocery bag is that they are machine washable. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2011 01:37:18 AM »

I just got this wacky idea: t shirt curtains! I know that sounds weird but if you made curtains with your tees, no one else would have them. This literally just hit me now. Cheesy I think I'ma take my own advice.. Lol. I was going to say quilt but curtains are just as funky.  Cool

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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2011 02:39:39 AM »

I really like the t-shirt quilts that people do. It would be a great way to use the shirts again and be able to keep the logos.

The grocery bag idea is also pretty cute!

There was also a post recently with a floor length t-shirt skirt on here if you have a more edgy style.

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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2011 10:10:41 AM »

I have the same problem, having outgrown some tee-shirts, and I was planning on doing a tee-shirt scarf.

You can use squares with the design in the front, and the plain fabric as the backing, or use fleece for the back.

you could also tun a few into throw pillows, make drawstring bags to keep your shoes in ( I used them when I travel instead of plastic bags, to keep them separate if they're a bit dirty ) with one tee or a dirty laundry bag with multiple tees.
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2011 09:46:28 AM »

I made my husband's shirt's into a tshirt "snuggie." The bottom half was the tshirt front panels made to look like a simple quilt, and the top and backing was polar fleece that I recycled from a blanket.  I did 6" round armholes (which will fit most)  I measured his shoulder to floor height and across his chest for placements. Not too hard and he loves it!
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2015 05:22:04 PM »

I know this thread is ancient and all, but I am sure other people have this question and when I read the idea of making T-shirt curtains I thought it was great but won't work in my apartment.

So then I thought what if I built a frame and made a room partition using the decorated parts of T-shirts instead of paper inside the frame? I'd probably use the plain parts to make a rug, but now I really want to do this...

I think it would be very cheap to get some wood that would work and then I'd just need some kind of hinge and a few nails. I wouldn't even need a way to cut it since when you buy wood at Home Depot they will cut it to your specifications in the store for free. Or did last time I bought some dowels there anyway.
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