What to do with your old Tees ?

We all know how hard it is to throw out our t-shirt collection as most are tied to a memory of that special trip, sports events, family reunions, kids events and so much more!! So lets get creative on how to take control and and repurpose them into something new and useful.

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1. Upcycle

Upcycling, otherwise known as creative reuse, is “the act of taking something no longer in use and giving it a second life and new function.” and at most times these projects end up better in their new form.

With thousands of tutorials searchable online - one can get really creative on what can or cannot be done and be really creative!! so let's get started.

Idea 1 - Frame It

Framed high school, college, concert t-shirts displayed in frames are a great way to preserve milestones or those of your children or they make great gifts.

Idea 2 - Make a Quilt

A great way to show off those T-shirts and sweatshirts that you’ve collected over the years. Make them into a quilt for use in the bedroom, family room or to hang on the wall.

Idea 3 - Make Tote Bags

Plastic bags are so not good for the environment!! Recycle those old tees and make some cute, fun tote bags! Stand out and take them to the farmers market, to the beach and elsewhere.

Idea 4 - For your pet cat and/or dog

Anything you make for your kitten/cat or the puppy/dog out of old stuff they’re going to like way more than new!

Cat Tent

A tent in which a cat may curl up for sleep, hide from the world or explore the outdoors.

Toys - For dogs and other pets, toys are not a luxury, but a necessity. It is for their well-being. Toys help fight boredom when you have to leave them at home, and provide comfort when they’re feeling nervous. Toys can even help prevent them from developing certain problem behaviors.

Make dog and cat toys out of your old tees

2. Recycle

Yes - Tees can be recycled provided they are sent to the right recycle places. Some recommendations by T-Shirts Etc West Houston - check them out!

  1. Re-Spun: accepts fabrics of all types, except spandex, and is a really awesome choice when you’re looking to recycle your tees!

  2. A list of a few of the fashion companies that offer to recycle. Keep in mind that some of these brands accept only their own clothes, while others will collect anything, so be sure to look into the details of their program first:

How do I find clothing recyclers near me?

A quick Google search should tell you if there's a clothing recycler drop-off in your area and what they collect. Earth 911 - is also a place where you can search on locations for not only clothing but other items around the household.