It’s happened to all of us. You’re doing laundry and you notice your favorite t-shirt has a stain on it. Or your kid comes home from art class covered in “you’re-not-100%-sure-but-you-know-it’s-not-coming-out”. You try and try and try to get the stain out, but it’s still there. What about this? You get home from the store and that cool, cheap t-shirt you just bought has a hole in it. You’d take it back but it would cost you more in gas to go get your refund. Before you throw the shirt away consider these 4 tips to turn that damaged shirt into something new!
If the stain is on the front of your shirt, consider adding an appliqué on top of it to hide it. While commonly used on children’s garments, you can also update women’s and adult t-shirts to include appliqué. Want to know how to get started? Check out our guest blog post titled “What is an Appliqué?”
Use the Shirt for Fabric Scraps
Save the shirt to use for fabric on your future craft projects. You can use it to test future ideas or as an actual part of your project. You can cut it up into strips or just save the shirt as is. It’s free fabric for you and a great way to recycle worn t-shirts. Here are some great tips on keeping your fabric scraps organized.
You can cover that stain with bleach or dye and make a design for a new, cool t-shirt. This is an especially good idea if you’ve accidentally stained your shirt with bleach products while cleaning. Check out this craft we did a couple of years ago using bleach and fabric markers. While a little out of season, it’s a great way to cover up those stains!
Keep Wearing It
There are plenty of good places to wear a shirt with a stain on it. While you’re cleaning house, gardening or washing the dog, you can wear your shirt and not worry about getting it messy. If it’s a large, comfortable shirt, you can wear it as a night shirt. Also, adult t-shirts make great smocks for kids. Give it to your child to wear while being creative, or donate it to your local preschool or school to be used in art class.
Now that you know what to do with your stained t-shirt, what are you going to do to replace it? Of course, we recommend heading over to Rock Bottom T-Shirts to check out our Christmas in July sale for a new tee!
Do you have any techniques you use to recycle old tees? Have you tried any of the ones here? Let us know by commenting below or on our Facebook page.