16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects | The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jackie

Over the past couple of years I have shared several ideas for turning on old T-shirt into something else. Today I thought I would gather all of those ideas in one place.

 

So, if you have a lot of old T-shirts lying around and don’t know what to do with them here are 16 ideas that might spark your creativity.

1. Make a Rug from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (rug)| The Happy Housewife

If you have ever been intimidated by the thought of making a T-shirt rug but love the way they look, then you need to check out this tutorial. Using a sewing machine to make a T-shirt rug is much faster than traditional methods.

2. Make a Shrug from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Shrug)| The Happy Housewife

This T-shirt shrug takes an old idea and puts a new spin on it. Check out the tutorial for all the details.

3. Make a Necklace from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Necklace)| The Happy Housewife

This no-sew T-shirt necklace is a great addition to any outfit. Find out how you can make one by following this tutorial.

4. Make a Wreath from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Wreath)| The Happy Housewife

Turn a T-shirt into a decorative wreath by following this tutorial.

5. Make a Dress from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Dress)| The Happy Housewife

Use two T-shirts to make a dress for your little one by following this tutorial.

6. Make a Skirt from a T-Shirt (Method 1)

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Skirt)| The Happy Housewife

This little skirt is made from a T-shirt and a pair of too short pants. Find out all of the details in this tutorial.

7. Make a Skirt from a T-Shirt (Method 2)

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Skirt)| The Happy Housewife

Here’s another method for turning a T-shirt into a skirt.

8. Make a Headband from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Headband)| The Happy Housewife

This tutorial will show you how to turn a T-shirt into a headband to match any outfit.

9. Make Baby or Toddler Pants from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Toddler Pants)| The Happy Housewife

Using a pair of pants that fit your child as a pattern, you can make a pair of pants from a T-shirt by following this tutorial.

10. Make a Gift Bag from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Gift Bag)| The Happy Housewife

Turn a T-shirt into a decorative gift bag by following this drawstring gift bag tutorial.

11. Make a Pillow from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Pillow)| The Happy Housewife

T-shirt scraps can be turned into a decorative pillow by following these instructions.

12. Make Yarn from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Yarn)| The Happy Housewife

Follow this tutorial to give new life to an old T-shirt by turning it into yarn.

13. Make Napkins from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Napkin)| The Happy Housewife

An old T-shirt can become a cloth napkin. Find out how by following this tutorial.

14. Make a Produce Bag from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Produce Bag)| The Happy Housewife

Ditch the plastic produce bags and make some out of T-shirts instead. Find out how here.

15. Refashion a Maternity Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Shirt)| The Happy Housewife

This tutorial offers a few ideas for refashioning a maternity shirt (or even an oversized T-shirt).

16. Make an Apron from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Apron)| The Happy Housewife

Learn how to make a simple apron from an old T-shirt by following this tutorial.

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Yarn Wrapped Bottles

Yarn Wrapped Bottles | The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jackie

Spring has arrived but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the decor in my home. I decided to remedy this by looking around my house for items I could use to decorate the mantle in my living room.

I found some old bottles, yarn, and silk flowers in my craft stash and got to work. I love how this little trio of bottles brightens up my living room. They match my decor perfectly and bring a touch of spring to the room.

If you have some empty bottles and scrap yarn you can achieve a similar look. Here’s how.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles

Supplies Needed

  • Empty Bottle
  • Yarn
  • Glue (Mod Podge, School Glue, or Tacky Glue)
  • Scissors

Yarn Wrapped Bottles (supplies) | The Happy Housewife

Instructions

1. Clean the bottle and take off the label. I used an empty olive oil bottle.

2. Cover a small amount of the bottle with glue. I tried this project with Mod Podge and school glue. Both worked fine, but the school glue was easier to use because I could squeeze it out instead of using a brush. Tacky glue would also work well.

3. Wrap the yarn around the bottle keeping the layers close together so very little, if any, of the bottle shows.

4. Continue adding glue and wrapping the yarn until you get to the neck of the bottle.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles (wrapping) | The Happy Housewife

5. Once you reach the neck of the bottle you may notice that the yarn wants to slip upward. As you wrap the yarn hold it in place for a minute or two before moving upward with more layers.

6. Allow the glue to dry for several hours or overnight.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles (olive oil bottle) | The Happy Housewife

The bottle above is covered from top to bottom with the same color of yarn, but you can change the look completely by using more than one color of yarn.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles (partially wrapped) | The Happy Housewife

Another alternative is to only wrap part of the bottle with yarn.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles | The Happy Housewife

This was a fun, frugal project, and I definitely recommend rescuing some bottles from the recycling bin and covering them with yarn.

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How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

By contributing writer Jackie

One of my goals this year is to not purchase any new yarn until I use up all of what I currently have in my stash. So, what’s a gal to do if she can’t buy yarn? She makes her own. 🙂

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn | The Happy Housewife

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

Supplies Needed

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat (optional)

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn (supplies) | The Happy Housewife

Instructions

1. Lay the T-shirt out so that it is smooth.

2. Cut off the bottom (hem) of the T-shirt.

3. Cut the T-shirt just below the design, if there is one. If there is no design, or if it a small design, cut the T-shirt just below the sleeves.

I used an XL T-shirt and got a nice amount of yarn. The larger the shirt the more yarn you will get.

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn (step 3) | The Happy Housewife

4. Fold the right side of the T-shirt towards the left side approximately one inch short of being folded in half.

In the picture below my ruler is lined up with the fold I made in step 4. The other fold is aligned with the numbers of my cutting mat.

5. Use either the rotary cutter or scissors to cut the T-shirt into 1 inch strips. Stop one inch from the left edge.

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn (step 5) | The Happy Housewife

6. Unfold the T-shirt so the uncut portion is in the middle and the strips are out of the way.

7. Use scissors to cut the uncut portion, cutting from one side to the other diagonally.

The dotted lines in the picture below should help explain this step better. (The strips on the right side have already been cut.)

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn (step 7) | The Happy Housewife

8. Stretch the yarn so that it curls inwardly and becomes more rope like.

You can see the transformation in the picture below.

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn (step 8) | The Happy Housewife

9. Roll the yarn into a ball and it is ready to use for any number of yarn craft projects.

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn (finished yarn) | The Happy Housewife

I decided to use this ball of T-shirt yarn to make a hot pad.

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn (potholder) | The Happy Housewife

I am excited to make more T-shirt yarn and use it for all sorts of projects. Have you ever made T-shirt yarn?

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Pom-Pom Heart Wreath

By contributing writer Jackie

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and I decided that my home needed a little holiday decor. I found some red yarn in my stash and decided to use it to make a Valentine’s Day wreath. You can make this fun pom-pom heart wreath with just a few supplies.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath | The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Wire Hanger
  • Duct Tape or Hot Glue (optional)

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath Supplies | The Happy Housewife

Instructions

1. First, you need to make about 20 or more pom-poms. Cut a piece of yarn about 10 inches long. This will be the tie for the pom-pom.

2. Using your pointer and middle finger on one hand begin wrapping yarn around your fingers.

It is a good idea to spread your fingers apart slightly.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath Step 2 | The Happy Housewife

3. Continue wrapping the yarn around your fingers for a total of 100 times.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath Step 3 | The Happy Housewife

4. Slide the 10 inch piece of yarn you cut in step 1 through the middle of the yarn you wound around your fingers.

I usually feed the tie through the right side and slip my fingers out of the yarn on the left side at the same time.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath Step 4 | The Happy Housewife

5. Pull the tie tightly and double knot it.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath Step 5 | The Happy Housewife

6. Slide your scissors through the middle and cut the yarn like in the picture below.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath Step 6 | The Happy Housewife

You should end up with something like the shaggy pom-pom pictured below.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath (Pom-Pom) | The Happy Housewife

7. Use the scissors to give your pom-pom a “haircut” and even up all of the yarn.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath (Pom-Pom Trimmed) | The Happy Housewife

Notice the difference in the pictures above and below. I didn’t cut much yarn off in the picture above, but I cut quite a bit off in the picture below.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath (Short Pom-Pom) | The Happy Housewife

I chose to leave the pom-poms a little longer for my wreath, but I do really like the look of the smaller pom-poms as well. Repeat the above steps until you have at least 20 pom-poms.

8. Bend the wire hanger into a heart shape. This will become your wreath form.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath (Hanger) | The Happy Housewife

9. Tie the pom-poms onto the wreath by double knotting the ties.

10. Clip the excess length off of the ties.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath (Step 10) | The Happy Housewife

I found that my pom-poms wanted to rotate so I used some duct tape on the back side to keep them in place.

Hot glue would probably also work.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath (Back) | The Happy Housewife

I decided to add a little bow to my wreath and I like how it looks hanging in my home.

Pom-Pom Heart Wreath with Ribbon | The Happy Housewife

Now that you know how to make pom-poms, you can do all sorts of things like garlands, wreaths, flowers, bookmarks, etc.

You can even make larger pom-poms by adding more fingers when wrapping the yarn.

The possibilities are endless!

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