Once upon a time, I didn’t know what to do with old t shirts.
T-shirt quilt, repurposed items, pillows, rugs, Pinterest boards with project ideas… nope!
I had hundreds of ideas and none of them were being executed, the tee shirts just sat in a bin, in the back of my closet, or taking up valuable space in my drawers.
Here’s what to do:
Set them free.
Set yourself free.
Only keep the ones you love and wear.
Here’s my story…
I started my t-shirt collecting habit in high school. For years I saved hundreds of shirts from camps, sporting events, soccer uniforms, cool “vintage” finds, track meets, concerts, college football events, parties, etc.
I wore them! I loved them!
They were cozy and cool and I felt at home, which is how clothing should make you feel.
Fast forward to when I got older.
They didn’t hold the memories that they used to. I didn’t wear my shirts as often because, gasp, I wanted to look professional. I wasn’t as tiny as I used to be and some of my shirts didn’t fit me anymore. The ones that did fit made me look frumpy-ish. I saved them to make a tee shirt quilt or repurpose them somehow.
Then I realized while that a tee shirt quilt is nice for a high school or college kid, my children wouldn’t care much about a old blanket made from rags representing various events of MY life. They’d want something of their own.
What was more important?
A bin full of old rags or an empty bin? A drawer stuffed to the gills or room for clothes that made me feel good?
So I donated most of my tee shirts.
If you think that someone else will love your shirts, let them go. This list on what to do with your stuff has many options outside of just donating. If it has the potential to make someone else happy, then YAY! That’s awesome.
Not ready? Hold onto some shirts and put them in a bin or bag. Leave them there until you think of them and want to wear them again. If you wear them, keep them. If you don’t, let them go.
Do you want to repurpose them? Then do it NOW. Don’t put it off, make it. And if you’d rather spend your time making something else, then your decision is pretty clear! If you can’t sew and would really like a quilt or other items, contact someone to make for you and get it finished.
If you CAN sew, have the time, and use the t-shirts as fabric, then you are the exception. Kudos to you for being so talented. :)
As for my tee shirts,
I kept one Dave Matthews Band 2002 concert tee shirt and use it for painting. I kept a few other smaller shirts that the kids can wear:
- a Jem one I bought in college (pictured above)
- an old grade school gym shirt
- a girl scout shirt I wore as a kid (it was vintage then)
- a Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl shirt my parents bought for me
- a glow in the dark White Sox shirt
Those shirts make me smile when I see them.
But the 2002 IHSA Track Regionals shirt from when I got a 4th place ribbon for some kind of relay medley? Ehhh, I think I can let that one go. :)
What about you, what do you do with old tee shirts?