If you’ve turned to cleaning out your closets during self-isolation, you might find yourself with an excess of old t-shirts, tops and track pants, rife with holes or stains. If they’re no longer wearable, there are more sustainable ways to recycle old t-shirts rather than sending them to the local charity shop where they’ll inevitably end up in landfill. We’ve rounded up a handful of different crafts for some creative ways to recycle old t-shirts and turn them into something useful again.
Create a Braided T-Shirt Rug
One crafty way to recycle old t-shirts is to turn them into a cosy little rug. The final product is a soft, washable, colourful rug that you could place in the bathroom or your bedroom for a bright and fun update to your home décor.
Recycle Old T-Shirts into T-Shirt Yarn
Maximise your crafting options by turning your old t-shirts into t-shirt yarn. You can sub this t-shirt yarn into a lot of different knitting projects to give them a modern twist.
Refresh an Old T-Shirt with Embroidery
If an unsightly stain or small hole is stopping you from reaching for an old t-shirt, try upcycling it into something wearable again with some hand embroidery. Using an embroidery hoop and stabilizing material, like interfacing, get creative and embroider a cool design over the whole t-shirt or just to cover up those pesky stains. If your t-shirt is too far gone, you can salvage the usable pieces of fabric and turn the tee into embroidered art instead.
Prevention is the Best Solution
The best way to recycle old t-shirts? Ensure you don’t have an excess of old t-shirts to recycle in the first place. Sometimes, this is unavoidable; like outgrowing and old favourite or wearing a hole in your t-shirts from overuse. That’s where our old t-shirt crafts come in super handy. However, if you find yourself with an excess of old t-shirts that you simply no longer like to wear, then perhaps it’s time to explore sustainable shopping alternatives, and break up with fast fashion.