Upcycling t-shirts

There’s a growing pile of t-shirts in my bedroom that fall into the category of Too Worn to Wear Outside Anymore, Even to the Gym. I can’t possibly give them to Goodwill and since there’s still plenty of decent material there, I can’t bring myself to throw them away. Once I get around to redrafting the neckline on the pattern of the Alabama Chanin corset top (still the chicest t-shirt reuse project I’ve come across), I’ll be happy to have them to play with. But that’s also a labor-intensive project and I have a lot of old t-shirts to play with, so I’ve been looking for other projects to use them up. Kim posted her version of this scarf last week โ€” look how happy she is! โ€” and I figured it was worth 20 minutes of my time to try it out.

It really was easy, though I think mine took 45 minutes or so, probably because I ended up using two shirts and making a double row of loops since it seemed flimsy and insubstantial otherwise. (I ended up changing my mind about the blue.)

But the jury is still out on the finished item. I mean, I don’t hate it. I just think it looks more like a craft project than a thing that I actively brought into my life because I love it. I suppose it’s time to take out the freezer paper and corset top pattern pieces, but in the meantime, I’m still looking for fantastic t-shirt upcycling ideas…


  1. says

    I like the blue. Kinda agree about the scarf as a whole. Kinda like it, kinda see what you mean about Craft Project, in capital letters!

    Really want you to do the corset thing, though, with the changes that you talked about in original post! Make it look easy enough for me to do!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. says

    I think maybe the difference with theirs is the pieces they tied the loops together with were trimmed more? so there isn’t as much extraneous fabric hanging about and you can see the loops more clearly? maybe if you trimmed those pieces up you’d like it better?

    (just an idea)

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