If I learned anything from “Toy Story 3″, it was that new toys are not necessarily better than old toys. Similarly, as your college t-shirt collection grows, it can be easy to neglect your old favorites. Select bookstores have rolled tees on sale for a limited time. So, before you toss the oldies in an effort to make room for these affordable newbies, here are some great new uses for your old shirts.
Nap-Time Gets Spirited
It’s not only comfy to wear your worn-in tees, but cozy to wrap yourself in, too! Turning your old t-shirts into a blanket is super easy thanks to uBlanket. To get started, uBlanket will ship you a Welcome Kit and a prepaid mail bag for the shirts you want to use. Then, choose between 10 to 20 shirts to be included in the blanket. uBlanket will then take pictures of your shirts and build a personalized website where you design the look! You choose a fleece color and how the shirts will be cut and laid out so the final outcome is exactly what you envisioned. Once the design is finalized, they get to work on creating your blanket, keeping you in the loop with an email when your blanket is shipped.
Not only will you have a new blanket full of wonderful memories, you can feel good about your purchase – the extra material from the shirts is used to make blankets for homeless children, which are distributed in partnership with Project Night Night.
And while you’re at it, why not create a throw pillow to match? AllFreeCrafts.com has step-by-step instructions for turning your favorite tee into a pillow. These make great personalized gifts as well, as long as you have consent to cut up a friend’s shirt!
A Yearbook You Can Wear
Instead of the typical yearbook, here is a fun way to make a statement and create memories– take your school t-shirt and have all of your friends sign that instead! This project is as easy as grabbing a permanent marker; just be sure to choose a color that will stand out against the color of your shirt. Seeing the signatures of the friends you spent time with throughout the year is sure to make you smile. You can keep the shirt circulating in your wardrobe or have it framed for display in your room.
Shop For Tees With a T-Shirt Bag
Want to go green, but don’t want to spend money on a reusable tote? Make a tote bag with an old t-shirt! Just cut off the sleeves, sew the bottom shut and voila!– a shopping bag (the holes in the sleeves are the handles!).
Old Shirts Are New Again
To you, they’re old t-shirts laying wrinkled in your closet. They probably rarely see the light of day. But for those in need, those t-shirts are necessities. Take all of those shirts you haven’t worn in a few months, and most likely never will, and donate them to the Salvation Army, the Red Cross or a local homeless shelter. Those tees will bring hope to those in times of need.
What ideas do you have for making your assortment of t-shirts last beyond their wearable days? If you have tried any of these ideas, share your tips in the comments below or tweet us some pics @BNcollege!