t-shirts http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8045/all en-US 15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/t-shirt.jpg" alt="Man in T-shirt" title="Man in T-shirt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everybody has that one T-shirt that they just can&rsquo;t part with.</p> <p>Mine is somebody&rsquo;s used blue soccer tee that I picked up at a thrift shop about 10 years ago. When I bought it, it was already broken in; after a decade in my possession, it&rsquo;s literally falling apart at the seams. Even though it&rsquo;s so tattered and torn that my armpits and midsection show when I wear it (never out of this house, FYI), I can&rsquo;t bear the thought of tossing it out.</p> <p>The other T-shirts in my collection, however, I&rsquo;m not so attached to. Twice a year, I go through and donate the ones that I no longer want. But getting rid of them all together seems like a waste. There are plenty of other ways to make the most of old tees. From dust rags to quilts to headbands, here are a few ideas that will turn your would-be trash into a brand-new treasure. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/twenty-five-things-to-do-with-old-jeans">25 Things to Do With Old Jeans</a>)</p> <h3>1. Around-the-House Rags</h3> <p>When I asked my Facebook friends what they do with old T-shirts, this was the most common, albeit uninspired, answer the gave; the former, not the latter, is why I&rsquo;m including it on this list. Instead of buying towels &mdash; how we accumulated three drawers worth of hand towels in my home, I don&rsquo;t know (but I think it has something to do with my husband &ldquo;accidentally&rdquo; taking them from the gym) &mdash; cut the shirts into pieces so you can dust the TV, sanitize your counters, and wash the car without causing scratches.</p> <h3>2. Quilts</h3> <p>I was flipping through one of my favorite catalogs, Uncommon Goods, one day when I came across this brilliant way of recycling printed tees. The <a href="http://www.ticcheandbea.com/memory-quilt-custom-p/023.htm">T-shirt memory quilt</a> from Ticche &amp; Bea allows you to choose 16 of your destined-for-donation shirts to turn into &ldquo;patches&rdquo; to create a fleece blanket that pops with color and nostalgia. When my husband and I had ours made we each chose eight shirts to make a quilt that was equal parts my memories and his. Ticche &amp; Bea can make the quilt for you (though the price is steep), or you can opt for a DIY kit that cuts the cost in half. If you&rsquo;re particularly handy, you can try your hand at making the quilt without Ticche &amp; Bea&rsquo;s assistance with these <a href="http://www.straw.com/quilting/articles/teequilts.html">memory quilt instructions</a> on Straw.com.</p> <h3>3. Headbands</h3> <p>An athlete friend of mine says that she likes to cut the sleeves off her unwanted tees to turn into headbands for when she&rsquo;s playing rec sports like kickball. I imagine that it&rsquo;s easy enough to do &mdash; just cut the shirt into strips and tie it around your head (it&rsquo;s not rocket science) &mdash; but if you&rsquo;re gunning for style over simplicity, maybe you&rsquo;d like to tackle this <a href="http://craftsnob.com/2011/02/t-shirt-headband/">flower headband</a> found at CraftSnob.com.</p> <h3>4. Handbags</h3> <p>Like Ticche &amp; Bea with its quilts, I&rsquo;m sure there are companies out there that will turn your T-shirt into a tote or handbag for a fee, but with these <a href="http://www.craftbits.com/project/t-shirt-handbag">easy T-shirt bag instructions</a> from&nbsp;Craftbits.com, there&rsquo;s no reason to pay for something you can accomplish on your own. This is an item so simple to make (unlike the quilt, which I was happy to pay for due to its level of difficulty) that you might want to think about making many and putting them up on Etsy to earn extra cash.</p> <h3>5. Pillows</h3> <p>As with most of these ideas so far, turning tees into pillows requires some measure of sewing skill, like in these <a href="http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/tshirt-pillow.shtml">instructions for repurposed pillows</a>. But you don&rsquo;t have to master a thread and needle to make a one-of-a-kind head respite that your friends will envy. This video shows the less craftily inclined how to tie their way to stuffed success in a few no-fuss steps.</p> <p><iframe width="425" height="349" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E1EZPhRpCMA"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1EZPhRpCMA">Watch video</a></p> <h3>6. Dog Toys</h3> <p>Recycle several T-shirts with these <a href="http://www.craftbits.com/project/recycled-t-shirt-dogs-tugga-toy">Dog Tugga Toy instructions</a> that also require no gluing or sewing. When you&rsquo;re finished, your furry friend will have a colorful new braided &ldquo;bone&rdquo; that he&rsquo;ll beg you to battle for.</p> <h3>7. Baby Diapers</h3> <p>The only babies I have are four-legged (and by that I mean dogs, not mutants), but when my husband and I start adding to our family, I will be constructing these <a href="http://naturalviolet.blogspot.com/2009/04/recycled-t-shirt-diaper.html">adorable rock-star-quality cloth diapers</a>. After I make them, I wonder if I can convince hubby that he has to clean them.</p> <h3>8. Wall Art</h3> <p>Another great, inexpensive idea from a friend &mdash; cut out the main image of your used shirt and frame it or stretch it over a small canvas for <a href="http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/t-shirt-wall-art">personalized wall art</a>. I&rsquo;ve seen people do this with album covers and the like, which are much less personal than designs that define your fashion sense.</p> <h3>9. Art Smocks</h3> <p>No need for a quilt, handbag, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-diy-dog-toys-you-can-make-for-pennies">dog toy</a>? Donate your old tees to a local school for the art teacher to use as smocks.</p> <h3>10. Book Covers</h3> <p>This <a href="http://thenewnew.blogspot.com/2009/01/cabin-fever-project-2-t-shirt-book.html">book cover idea</a> sure beats the book covers I made in school made from brown bags or the funny pages. It takes some precision &mdash; remember to measure twice and cut once &mdash; but the finished product is a soft, durable cover that will last much longer than paper.</p> <h3>11. Scarves</h3> <p>There are many ways to turn an old tee into a scarf, but this <a href="http://www.generation-t.com/t-shirt-projects/how-to-t-shirt-boa-scarf/">T-shirt scarf from Generation T</a> is whimsical and fun. Perhaps the best part &mdash; besides that it&rsquo;s no-sew &mdash; is that you can use the scraps from the T-shirts that you&rsquo;ve already turned into other fabulous things to create this ready-for-fall neck wrap.</p> <h3>12. Pocket Squares</h3> <p>A good portion of this list is female oriented, so here&rsquo;s one for the fellas. Get rid of that old white tee that has yellowed at the pits and transform it into a poem to stuff into your pockets. This <a href="http://www.generation-t.com/t-shirt-projects/i-love-to-create-a-poetic-pocket-square/">poetic pocket square project</a> calls for painting on a quote or poem with stencils that will decidedly brand you a hipster whether you have a mustache or not.</p> <h3>13. Place Mats</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m not sure how I feel about this project that turns <a href="http://www.crafterslovecrafts.com/tshirt-placemats.html">T-shirts into place mats</a>, but I suppose it depends on what color tee you use and how much of a mess you make when you eat. At least they&rsquo;re washable.</p> <h3>14. Doggy Bed</h3> <p>These <a href="http://www.theecochic.com/2010/11/27/oldie-but-goodie-handmade-t-shirt-doggy-bed/">T-shirt doggy bed instructions</a> from The Eco Chic blog are so awesome that when my babies come back from vacation, they might just have a comfy new cushions to rest their paws. Maybe it&rsquo;ll break that pesky always-in-the-bed habit.</p> <h3>15. Dinner Napkins</h3> <p>Cloth napkins impress dinner guests much more than paper towels, but these <a href="http://www.greenworld365.com/how-to-make-your-own-napkins-using-old-fabric/">T-shirt napkins</a> will totally blow them away. All that&rsquo;s required is stitching around T-shirt squares to give the edges a more finished, refined look. Great conversation pieces and even better for the environment.</p> <p><em>Have you turned old T-shirts into something new and fantastic? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-clothing-projects-for-men">13 DIY Clothing Projects for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper">17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living Style crafts recycle clothing t-shirts Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:36:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 618857 at http://www.wisebread.com Leopard Premiere Offers Free T’s for First Viewers http://www.wisebread.com/leopard-premiere-offers-free-t-s-for-first-viewers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/leopard-premiere-offers-free-t-s-for-first-viewers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/leopard1.jpg" alt="leopard" title="leopard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">The tech world is abuzz with the news of the biggest update to the Mac OS X operating system yet &ndash; Leopard.<span> </span>Visit the premiere on October 26, to see it in action. Get there early for a free t-shirt!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just visit the <a href="http://www.apple.com/retail/?cjid=10492644-1225267-sduidp0t637835&amp;cid=CDM-US-Ret-5790B&amp;cp=5790B&amp;sr=em">Apple online retailer list here</a>, and find the closest store to you.<span> </span>Limited Edition Leopard shirts are going to be given away to the first 500 to attend the premiere event starting at 6:00 p.m.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The tech world is abuzz with the news of the biggest update to the Mac OS X operating system yet &ndash; Leopard.<span> </span>Visit the premiere on October 26, to see it in action. Get there early for a free t-shirt!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just visit the <a href="http://www.apple.com/retail/?cjid=10492644-1225267-sduidp0t637835&amp;cid=CDM-US-Ret-5790B&amp;cp=5790B&amp;sr=em">Apple online retailer list here</a>, and find the closest store to you.<span> </span>Limited Edition Leopard shirts are going to be given away to the first 500 to attend the premiere event starting at 6:00 p.m.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">For more info on the Mac OS X Leopard, see the <a href="http://www.apple.com/macosx/">Apple website</a>.<span> </span>Let us know if you attend -- we would love to hear about it!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/leopard-premiere-offers-free-t-s-for-first-viewers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-avoid-credit-card-fraud-while-traveling">7 Ways to Avoid Credit Card Fraud While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-prevent-the-winter-blues-from-busting-your-budget">5 Ways to Prevent the Winter Blues from Busting Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-senior-discounts">Big List of Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-store-loyalty-programs-that-are-worth-it">9 Store Loyalty Programs That Are Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals computers free stuff t-shirts Wed, 24 Oct 2007 21:45:41 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1319 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Fold Your Shirt in 2 Seconds (Best Shirt-Folding Video Ever) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fold-your-shirt-in-2-seconds-best-shirt-folding-video-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-fold-your-shirt-in-2-seconds-best-shirt-folding-video-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000063375945_Large.jpg" alt="folded t-shirts" title="folded t-shirts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've watched tons of &quot;how to fold a shirt&quot; videos and this one is by far the best. Some videos go too fast, others go too slow, but this one is <em>just</em> right. (See also:<a title="A Slacker's Video Guide on How to Tie Ties" href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-slackers-video-guide-on-how-to-tie-ties"> A Slacker's Video Guide on How to Tie Ties</a>)</p> <p>In a video, a kid named Benny shows you the famous &quot;two second&quot; technique, the regular technique, and the automated <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-uses-for-the-humble-cardboard-box">shirt-folding machine</a> made out of cardboard.&nbsp;<strong style="font-style: inherit; line-height: 22.1000003814697px;">Note: Video no longer available.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>You're a genius, kid! At your age I was still using cardboard boxes as <a title="transmogrifiers" href="http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Transmogrifier">transmogrifiers</a>.</p> <p>While Benny's video is my favorite, here's another video that does a better job of explaining how to make the shirt-folding box:</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1sKj5iPBIEY" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1sKj5iPBIEY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sKj5iPBIEY">link</a>)</p> <p>A close second place to Benny's video is this one made by <a title="fold-your-shirt.com" href="http://www.fold-your-shirt.com/index.htm?step-by-step.htm~mainFrame">fold-your-shirt.com</a>, which also provides a step-by-step pictorial guide on their website for those of you who have trouble learning with videos. This video is more professional, but I don't like how he snaps the shirt in the end. It's too much like showing off. I like my instructional video actors to be skilled but humble, like me.</p> <p><object width="425" height="349"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1RAA6IXSU6E?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1RAA6IXSU6E?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="349" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RAA6IXSU6E">link</a>)</p> <p>Now that I've shown you how to save some time, here's a video that'll help you waste it away. Presenting: How to fold a dollar into a shirt.</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ERPa6hWJY94" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ERPa6hWJY94" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERPa6hWJY94">link</a>)</p> <p>Last and certainly not least, here's the original Japanese video that started it all:</p> <p><object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1ohGRoA1658" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1ohGRoA1658" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object></p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ohGRoA1658">link</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fold-your-shirt-in-2-seconds-best-shirt-folding-video-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-washing-your-clothes-too-often-what-to-do-instead">You&#039;re Washing Your Clothes Too Often! (What to Do Instead)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-organize-a-messy-closet">14 Ways to Organize a Messy Closet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-to-keep-your-clothes-brighter-whiter-and-lasting-longer">25+ Secrets to Keep Your Clothes Brighter, Whiter, and Lasting Longer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kilowatts-a-killer-tips-for-air-drying-clothes">Kilowatts a Killer? Tips for Air-Drying Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization clothing folding laundry t-shirts Sat, 30 Dec 2006 21:26:37 +0000 Will Chen 132 at http://www.wisebread.com