New Uses for Old Shirts

Take that worn shirt off your back and put it to one of these new uses.

  • Shorten a long-sleeved shirt. If your shirt has frayed cuffs but otherwise looks fine, cut off and hem the sleeves to make it short-sleeved. You’ll get lots of extra wear out of it
  • Worn-out long-sleeved shirts make great painting smocks. On your next household project, don an old long sleeved shirt. You won’t have to worry about paint splatters and mud. And of course, old-shirt smocks are perfect for kids during creative paint or arts-and-crafts time at home or school.
  • Make a shirt into a backpack. Tie a knot in the bottom of the shirt and stuff items in through the collar part. Tie the sleeve ends together, and sling it over your shoulder. This is a good way to carry a small load of laundry to the laundromat.
  • Old shirts make great rags. They are particularly good for cleaning cobwebs and other dust from ceilings and corners. Just stick on one end of a broomstick and start dusting. Rags from shirts are also good shoe polishers.
  • Make napkins. Cut the backs of shirts into 12-inch squares of fabric. Hem each side together and you have a new set of dinner napkins.
  • Cut off trims. Remove all buttons and embellishments from your shirt, and set it aside for your kids, who will love all the trinkets you have given them for arts-and-crafts projects.

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