5 Ways To Reuse Old T-Shirts (With Link Party)

5 Ways To Reuse Old T-Shirts (With Link Party)

I don’t like to throw out things when I can reuse or upcycle them. There are many ways how to use old jersey knit clothes or leftover jersey scraps. I’ll show you how I refashioned old boring and ill-fitting T-shirts into something I’d wear again! And I’d love to see your creative T-shirt refashion and upcycling projects! 😀 Share your knit fabric reusing and refashioning ideas in the link party below. The link party will stay open, so you can always add new upcycled jersey knit projects.

 

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN SEWING KNIT FABRIC

  • you don’t have to hem t-shirt fabric: because it’s knit fabric it won’t unravel as easily as woven fabric

knit fabric holes sewn without ballpoint needle

  • use a ballpoint needle: sewing jersey with a standard sewing needle will make small holes along the seam and there might be even a run later
  • use a zig zag stitch for the seams, so the seam stretches with the knit fabric

 

 

 

HOW TO FINISH THE RAW EDGE OF KNIT FABRIC

sewing knit fabric leave the edge raw won't unravel

  • leave the edge raw – knit fabric won’t unravel like woven fabric

how to finish raw edge of knit fabric

  • fold under once and zigzag – add more decorative zig zag stitches if you want

lettuce edge hem knit fabric

  • finish the cut edge with a close zig zag stitch while stretching the fabric – it will produce a lettuce edge hem
lettuce edge hem t shirt sewing
T-shirt with lettuce edge

Hood To Sailor Collar

  • turn under twice and stitch in place with overcasting stitches by hand

 

 

 

What To Do With Old T-Shirts?

 

 

UPCYCLE OLD JERSEY CLOTHES

Upcycle old, boring and ill-fitting jersey knit clothes into something you’d wear again.

Add Lace

Add lace to upsize an ill-fitting top.

Add lace to upsize an ill fitting top
DIY lace T-shirt refashion tutorial
Add A Collar

Upcycle a boring white T-shirt with a sailor collar.

DIY faux sailor collar front sewing fake sailor collar
Nautical T-shirt refashion
Turn Hood Into Sailor Collar
Sailor Collar Top Refashion - Hood To Sailor Collar
Refashion a hood into a sailor collar
Print

Make a stencil and upcycle a boring top with print.

Upcycle boring top with print
DIY printed top
Add Stripes
Print stripes upcycle old jersey knit clothes
DIY nautical printed top
Add Contrasting Fabric

Upcycle a jersey sweater with contrasting jersey knit fabric.

1920s style sweater refashion nautical sailor collar
1920s practical outdoor costume

 

 

 

SOMETHING NEW – TURN OLD JERSEY CLOTHES INTO SOMETHING NEW

Dress To Top Refashion
Before After Picture, Dress To Top Refashion, Old T-Shirt Crafts
Dress to top refashion
Jersey Skirt
T-Shirt To Skirt Refashion
T-Shirt to skirt refashion
1920s-Style Bathing Suit
1920s bathing suit dog splashing water
Nightgown before – 1920s bathing suit after
Turn Pajama Pants Into Leggings
Turn Pajama Pants Into Leggings Refashion Tutorial Make Pants Tighter Skinnier
Refashion pajama pants into leggings

 

 

 

TURN SMALL PIECES OF T-SHIRT FABRIC INTO UNDERWEAR

DIY Panties

Make underwear with old jersey clothes and leftover jersey fabric – panties etc. don’t need much fabric.

Old T-Shirt To Underwear - Refashion
Old T-shirt to panties
Jersey Underskirt

Add a cotton knit underskirt to sheer skirts.

DIY Knit Underskirt
DIY knit underskirt
DIY Stockings

Turn old knit fabric clothes into stockings.

Turn Leggings Into Stockings - Refashion Tutorial
Tutorial: Turn leggings into stockings
Lining

Use jersey knit fabric as lining: Because jersey knit fabric is so soft, it makes a great lining fabric.

peek a boo dress cut out wrong side of dress diy sewing
Sequin dress with jersey knit lining

 

 

 

LEFTOVER JERSEY KNIT FABRIC

Jersey Knit Headband

Turn a strip of jersey knit fabric into an easy no-sew headband and embellish it with applique.

DIY No-Sew Jersey Headband - Tutorial
No-sew jersey headband with jersey applique
Makeup Remover Pads

Recycle old T-shirts into easy, no-sew, reusable makeup remover pads: They’re so soft and practical!

DIY Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
DIY reusable makeup remover pads
Applique

Use knit fabric as applique to upcycle boring white tops or dresses.

Nautical dress refashion upcycle leftover jersey knit scraps applique
Nautical dress refashion with old blue leggings
Nautical striped top refashion jersey knit applique
Nautical striped top refashion with old blue leggings
Rag Rug

Cut it into fabric yarn and crochet or braid a rag rug.

DIY Braided Rug From Old Fabric Scraps
Braided Rag Rug

 

 

 

SMALL KNIT FABRIC SCRAPS

DIY Pillow Stuffing

Use Fabric Scraps As DIY Stuffing

Use small jersey scraps as stuffing for pillows. Fabric scrap stuffing works especially well for floor pillows and dog beds.

 

 

 

T-Shirt Crafts

Show what you’ve done with your old t-shirts and jersey knit clothes. I’d love to see your ideas! 😀

Below you can add your ideas how to reuse and upcycle old jersey.

– I also host a weekly link party Sew It Cook It Craft It where you can link up your DIY crafts, recipes etc. –

 

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18 thoughts on “5 Ways To Reuse Old T-Shirts (With Link Party)

  1. So many great ideas Lina. And most of them I would not have thought of. I like changing up old fabrics. But I usually like the patterns and repurpose them for the house.

  2. I make shorts for my little girls to go under their skirts. I use the hem of the T-shirt as the hem of the shorts. Also, I have made them striped pants also using the hem of the t-shirt as the hem of the pants. I also made my teenager a maxi shirt using multiple t-shirts.

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