3 Easy Ways To Upcycle Old Tees

Laura Tolentino

3 Easy Ways To Upcycle Old Tees

Ways To Upcycle Old TeesYou know that T-shirt that you love so much but you cannot actually wear it because its beautiful days are long gone? We all have one favorite T-shirt we don’t want to throw away even though we cannot wear it anymore so, instead of saying goodbye to it, why not transforming it into something else?

You don’t have to be a DIY expert to transform your favorite T-shirt into a different thing and hold on to it a little longer. Upcycling old tees is simple and fun and we have 3 suggestions for you.

Braided Belts

Braided Belt upcycling old teesThe first upcycling idea for old tees is to braid them and transform them into beautiful belts. Your old tee will become a bohemian accessory and you will be able to wear it with summer dresses, skirts or jeans for a chic look.

What you need:

  • Old tee
  • 2 D-rings
  • Needle and floss

Braided Belt from Old Tee Tutorial

Step 1: Cut 4 strips of the tee. Each strip should have about 6 cm. You can cut wider strips if you prefer a wider belt.

Step 2: Pin the ends together and place something on top of the ends to keep them in place or use some tape, your choice.

Step 3: Start braiding. If you are not sure how to do a four strand braid, check out this tutorial. You can also try a five strand braid if you want, just make sure you cut 5 strips of the tee before starting.

Step 4: Knot the end after you finished braiding then sew it.

Step 5: Now get back to the other end, the one you pinned down, and sew that end too. You can make several sews if you want.

Step 6: Wrap the first end (the one with one sew) around the D-rings and then sew it a couple of times.

Simple Scarves

t-shirt scarfIf sewing and braiding are not actually your thing, you can transform your old tee into a scarf. You can make a cute scarf just by cutting your T-shirt. Simple, right?

What you need:

  • Old tee
  • Scissors

Simple Scarves from Old Tee Tutorial

Step 1: Make a little cut with your scissors just under the arm holes.

Step 2: Tear the t-shirt across. Don’t cut it, tear it to make sure the fabric will curl. You can do the same thing on the other side if you want more curling. You can also stretch the fabric to make the scarf a little bit longer.

That’s it, it’s so simple!

Flower Brooches

tshirtflowersMaking flower brooches is another simple idea and a great way to upcycle your old tees. You can use this brooches during summer time pinned on a dress or blouse.

What you need:

  • Old tee
  • Scissors
  • Needle and floss
  • Fabric glue
  • Brooch pins

Flowers Brooches from Old Tee Tutorial

Step 1: Cut a strip of tee;

Step 2: Stich down the middle of the strip;

Step 3: Fold in the strip lengthwise and roll it up;

Step 4: Put some glue on the back on your roll;

Step 5: Cut a circle that will cover the roll you made and stick it there;

Step 6: Sew a brooch pin on the circle and make your summer outfits blossom!