Things to do with old T-shirts

Otherwise known as: ways to turn t-shirts into something useful but who knows when I’ll have the time since I have so much to knit.

This is a list of things to do with old t-shirts that are still in good condition. No holes, awful stains, or badly worn designs. These are shirts you have decided to not donate to a charity. Final requirement: No side seams on any t-shirt. I have a lot of t-shirts that are now too big but they have fun designs on them!

First is a really well done youtube video of how to make t-shirt yarn – in one strand. She uses a rotary cutter/ruler/cutting safe surface and after cutting up one t-shirt by hand I went ahead and ordered this set. There is a ton of youtube videos all about this and then what you can do with said yarn. Someone also shared a way to “tie together” t-shirt yarn without having to make a knot. I’ll look for that later if I can’t remember it.

I’m wondering if I can knit a blanket or rug with said yarn, but I might need to remember how to crochet instead since that might be easier?

There is also a thing called a ‘bento bag’ that I just recently learned about. It looks quite handy for small items. Here’s a site where you can buy said bags in different sizes and fabrics, which makes me wonder if I shouldn’t try to use t-shirt material to make one. And here’s a link for a tutorial to make one but since I’m still not very good at getting the sewing machine to sew in a straight line I might want to hold off? Or just use this as practice! Here’s a second tutorial link for bento bags that looks slightly less confusing.

Another tutorial link and this is super easy though a not very pretty t-shirt tote bag. This looks useful as a shopping/grocery bag. (Link goes to page 6 of the tutorial because there’s a finished product picture.) I’d still like to find another tutorial/pattern for making larger bags from t-shirts that will make a nicer/better quality final product, more sewing is ok but that’s going to take even more sifting through Google search results.

And last thing. There are tons and tons and tons of t-shirt quilt walk-throughs, tutorials, and instructions. You get even more options if you add “for beginners” or “for dummies” to your Google search. I found one that’s fairly straightforward and skips a few “steps” for what might be a more traditional looking quilt. I really do hope I can manage to make this one, I even already have fabric that should be great for the backing – only had it for over a decade!

There’s lots more things you can do with old t-shirts, I’m sure, especially with the Internet. I didn’t look anywhere on pinterest after all. (Shock! I know. I just don’t like pinterest much.)

Author: Histamine Queen

Nerd, wife, knitter, writer, cat mom, and comic book reader w/masters of science in Applied Sociology. I have histamine intolerance, lots of food allergies and sensitivities - including gluten. And I have multiple sclerosis fibromyalgia, asthma, drug allergies, and migraines. Basically, I have a collection of invisible chronic health problems. I don't just survive these things, but sometimes I do hate them because I see doctors so often that keeping healthy and staying full time employed is currently impossible.