I think everyone of us has stored somewhere in the house some old t-shirts that keep inside lots of memories. T-shirts have the tendency to become very personal, because they carry moments of our life and then they’re no longer wearable,. Itâ€™s very hard to get rid of them for sentimental reasons sometimes. But we have a solution for you,
Instead of simply throwing them away and be sorry, here are 10 ways to get your old t-shirt out of the box and recondition them. I also included some links to tutorials I found on the internet in case you want to try any of theseÂ methods.
1.T-SHIRT QUILTS.This is the most sentimental and practical of all strategies. Although making a quilt out of your t-shirts might take long time and can be expensive, the result is amazing. Quilts can be great presents and surprise for someone you care for, (or for you) and a way to preserve all their events without an overabundance of t-shirts. Usually, mothers do a quilt for their son/daughter when they go to college.If you love craft stuff, you have to try this.For a big quilt you will need about 30 old t-shirts, but for a smaller one, 15 â€“ 20 are enough.There are also many specialized centers for creating custom quilts, but that depends of course on your budget. See this tutorial if you want to make one: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/7394/how-to-make-a-t-shirt-quilt
2.T-SHIRT PILLOWS. That is a great way to re-use your old favorite t-shirt, and the best part is that you will use it for years to come. You can use only the big part from the t-shirt to create a square pillow or you can use the entire t-shirt. Here is a great tutorial on how to make your own t-shirt pillow: http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/tshirt-pillow.shtml
3.T-SHIRT PET TOYS. Old t-shirts can also be turned into fun pet toys, items for pets to chase and chew. That is very practical and the entire process can be funnier if you add a squeaker inside the toy. That will make them crazy about the new toy. Also, you can use t-shirts to make their sleeping place cozier, or to dry them after a bath or rain. You can use for this strategy not only for t-shirts, but any other clothes (sweaters) that you are not wearing any more. Check this tutorial out if you want to make your doggy a squeaker. http://www.craftstylish.com/item/40916/how-to-make-sweater-dog-toys
4.T-SHIRT BAG – This recycling method is very practical for those who want to have a nice sentimental t-shirt bag. The bag that results from an old t-shirt might not be as good looking as a new one, bought from the store, but it can make you feel better and â€œgreenâ€. The t-shirt bag can be used for many purposes: grocery, library, travelling or whatever you like. The best t-shirt bags come out from cotton knit t-shirts, because you donâ€™t have to worry about finishing the edges. Here is a nice tutorial on how to make your own t-shirt bag: http://www.vanillajoy.com/tutorials/t-shirt-bag-tutorial
5.T-SHIRT SCARF. If you are a scarf lover, you must transform one of your old t-shirt into a scarf to keep you warm or just for fun. Check out these tutorial for different ways to make a scarf:
6.T-SHIRT UNDERWEAR. This method is for girls especially. Itâ€™s unique, personal and you canâ€™t buy them from anywhere. If you have an old t-shirt that holds a printed design that you just donâ€™t want to give or throw away, thatâ€™s the great solution to make the design new again! Turn your printed part from your t-shirt into underwear.I hope you have the patience to try this, because the result looks great: http://belleandburger.blogspot.com/2009/06/panty-tutorial-how-to-make-your-own.html. If you are not so good at sewing, there are actually specialized people to do this for you: http://solojones.com/salvaged.aspx
7.T-SHIRT WALL ART.â€“ This is agreat way to expose your t-shirts that have a cute and attractive design. You can actually frame the t-shirt or decorate some small furniture with it. The result is more effective than you may think. This method is perfect for a child room to decorate with his small t-shirts printed with his childhood heroes.But anybody can do this, itâ€™s unusual, so easy and so inexpensive. Here is a short explanation on how to make t-shirt wall art http://craft.dow.com/proj/11259.htm
8.T-SHIRT RAG-RUG. Now, this is a little difficult method for those of you who are not so skilled in making a rag-rug. If you are interested, the internet offers lots of tutorials and you will learn very quickly if you really want to. Here are 2 tutorials for this: http://vintagechica.typepad.com/the_life_and_times_of_thi/2006/10/rag_rug_tutoria.html
9.T-SHIRT NAPKINS. This is an eco-friendly method to re-use your t-shirt that you are not wearing any more. For this project, all you need is a clean t-shirt to cut into rectangles and then sew.Itâ€™s easy and ecological.
10.TSHIRT RAGS. One of the final decisions for a t-shirt. I donâ€™t suggest transforming a favorite t-shirt into a rag, you can choose from above options, but if they canâ€™t apply to your t-shirt quality, thatâ€™s just it.
For short, pictures are cheapest, quilts are most sentimental, donations or rag-bags are the most practical. Anyway, if any of those options doesnâ€™t fit you, or you are just not in the craft area yourself, and youâ€™ve finally decided to throw them away or donate them, please try each of them one more time and take a picture of each. I think that will keep the memory alive without the t-shirt itself.I hope you found some interesting ideas to modify your t-shirt, and gave up to the idea of throwing them away. You can also check a very big resource for transforming your t-shirt offered by Generation T.