16 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

7 Inspiring Examples of Refashioned T-Shirts

We all have a favorite t-shirt. If you’re lucky enough to work at a t-shirt company (wink, wink) where the dress code is so casual you actually get to wear t-shirts to work, you probably have several favorites. You may also have an over abundance of these cotton casuals that aren’t serving their intended duty. They have too much life to be turned into a dust rag, but don’t make quite the cut for public consumption. Here are several ways to refashion those surplus t-shirts and restore their honor.

1. T-Shirt No- Sew Bolero Shrug

Add some extra color and coverage to that summer dress with this simply romantic t-shirt shrug. Short sleeve or long sleeve, you can use most any t-shirt to add a pop of color to your outfit.

2. Easy T-shirt Aprons

T-Shirt Apron

I used to think aprons were a relic of the past, until I actually began doing a fair amount of entertaining and the associated cooking. These easy peesy t-shirt aprons will help keep your party clothes clean while you finish up those last minute preps. Guys, you can recycle one of your old football t-shirts to make an apron worthy of gridiron grilling.

3. DIY Shoe: T-Shirt + Flip Flops

DIY Shoes (Flip Flop + T-Shirt)

This DIY tutorial will show you how to transform an old pair of broken or uncomfortable flip-flops into a stylish pair of comfortable sandals using t-shirt fabric. If you’ve suffered any sandle “blow-outs” this summer where the strap came loose from the sole, you could certainly restrap the busted sandles with colorful fabric for a completely new look.

4. Bleach Art Tees

Bleach Art T-Shirt

All you need is a bleach pen, some stencils and a t-shirt. Get ready to wreck your way to an artful and edgy top. Make a creative, one-of-a-kind gift for a friend! The bleach pen technique can be used on any cotton item that is already dyed – think bandandas, hats or even shoes!

5. Yoga Pants

T-Shirt Yoga Pants

Who says yoga pants have to be bland? Turn a couple of your favorite graphic tees into personalized pair of comfy yoga pants.

6. Peplum T-shirt

Peplum T-Shirt

Add a bit of stylish flair and literal flare to one of your tees with this DIY peplum t-shirt. This is a great DIY project if you want to transform a plain t-shirt into something a bit more trendy.

7. Layered Tee

Layered T-Shirt

Enter a new dimension of depth! Create your own layered tee by “cutting away” the fabric on top to “reveal” the contrasting fabric underneath.

We hope you’ve been inspired to try one of these projects for yourself! Do you have any t-shirt restyling tips for us? Let us know in the comments below!

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24 June 2013 ~ 2 Comments

How to Craft a DIY T-Shirt Scarf

How to Craft a DIY T-Shirt Scarf

In our last post, we shared some cool do-it-yourself tutorials with ways to repurpose your old t-shirts, courtesy of a few of the best crafty blogs on the web. Today we have a little tutorial of our own! Check out our step-by-step guide on how to craft a simple, super-cute scarf out of an old t-shirt. Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

  • One t-shirt. Any knit fabric will do. The larger the size, the longer the scarf will be.
  • Large, flat surface to lay out your t-shirt.
  • Rotary blade or scissors for cutting fabric.
  • Yard stick or large ruler for measuring and a straight edge.
  • An iron for pressing fabric.
  • A sewing machine for sewing.

1. Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface, smooth out to remove most of the wrinkles.

Step 1

2. Cut straight across the bottom of the t-shirt just above the hem.

Step 2a

With the bottom of the t-shirt removed, the result should look something like this:

Step 2b

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07 June 2013 ~ 3 Comments

7 Cool Things to Do with Old T-Shirts

Are you into repurposing, upcycling, refashioning or otherwise not-throwing-away your old t-shirts?  Have you shredded, tied, braided, beaded, boat-necked and modified half your clothes and you still need more ways to put your old t-shirts to use? You’re in luck! We’ve got 7 cool things to do with old t-shirts below that you haven’t seen before.

1. Braided Belt

Braided T-Shirt Belt

Super cute for summer, this soft and comfortable braided belt uses one t-shirt and only requires minimal sewing. If you can sew a button, you can make this belt. Casually cool and effortless, this t-shirt belt pairs well with jeans, and your favorite t-shirt (what else?).

2. Dog Chew Toy

Dog T-Shirt Chew Toy

If you have a puppy or a young dog, you know they love to chew on anything they can sink their teeth into– namely YOUR shoes, YOUR clothes and anything else that is YOURS. Give Fluffy your old t-shirts after lovingly braiding and tying them into a dog chew-toy. The soft t-shirt fabric will keep those sharp little puppy teeth happy and healthy, while keeping YOUR stuff in one piece.

3. Superhero Cape

T-Shirt Superhero Cape

Kids love dressing up as superheroes. Craft your favorite kid a super hero cape from a t-shirt! With a couple pieces of Velcro and your crafty super powers, you can whip up a cape faster than a speeding bullet.

4. Stadium Cushion

T-Shirt Stadium Cushion

This DIY stadium cushion promises that your favorite team will go undefeated. You won’t even need a cushion because you’ll be standing and cheering the whole time. Just in case the guarantee doesn’t work out, you’ll be able to take the loss sitting down with this upcycled stadium cushion. This tutorial also works with old sweatshirts.

5. Diaper Cover

T-Shirt Diaper Cover

For more advanced crafters, these DIY diaper covers require a bit of sewing skill but the results are soooo worth it. Talk about a sweet baby shower gift! Find some of the mother-to-be’s favorite band t-shirts and whip this rockin’, one-of-a-kind present.

6. Notebook Cover

T-Shirt Notebook Cover

This DIY t-shirt notebook may be the coolest thing to hit the classroom since the 1980’s Trapper Keeper. All you need is a composition style notebook, a bit of glue, scissors, a popsicle stick and a cool t-shirt! This one’s too easy.

7. Bangle Bracelets

T-Shirt Bangle Bracelets

Along with our old t-shirts, we all have a few (nay, many) bangle bracelets that are past their prime. They may be chipped, tarnished or otherwise unsightly. Why do we keep these, ladies? To repurpose, naturally! Pair up these DIY bangle bracelets and accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

Finding closet space for your new seasonal wardrobe will be much easier after clearing out a few of your extra t-shirts with these DIY projects.  Do you have a unique way to reuse your old t-shirts?  Show-n-tell us in the comments below!

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29 November 2011 ~ 1 Comment

The DIY T-shirt Bouquet

So we’ve all seen the standard flower bouquet, the cookie bouquet and the candy bouquet. Today we bring you the new gold standard – the t-shirt bouquet. More precisely, this DIY project shows you how to craft a bridal bouquet made of t-shirts. You read that correctly. A bridal bouquet of t-shirts.

This blog post is particularly appropriate for BlueCotton’s customer service team who has no less than four weddings scheduled for 2012. There’s just so much love in customer service. Have you talked to any of our customer service people? They’re lovable for sure.

The t-shirt bouquet would also be perfect for loved ones who are allergic to flowers! It’s handmade and beautiful! Guys – don’t sleep on this one…we know you have some craftiness in you yet.

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21 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Make Your Own T-Shirt “Char Cloth” for Your Next Camping Trip [Video]

We’ve shown you a handful of ways to re-purpose your old t-shirts, including a foam-stuffed pillow chair, a DIY grocery bag, and even turning them into new underwear. Well, for all of the hardcore survivalists out there… this one’s for you.

This Weekend Project video from Make Magazine demonstrates how you can make your own cheap and effective fire starter known as “Char Cloth.” All you’ll need for this project is an Altoids tin, a source of heat, and an old cotton t-shirt. Watch the video below for complete instructions and to see the “Char Cloth” in action!

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03 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Turn A Crew Neck into a V-Neck [Video]

A few months ago I shared a great video instructing ladies in how they could turn a shapeless unisex tee into something more-fitted and sexy.

In the same vein, YouTube user, withwendy, has created a very informative DIY video on how you can turn any standard crew neck tee into a stylish v-neck–a modification suitable for both men and women alike! As with some previous projects featured on the blog, some sewing skills are required. Check it out!

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