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3 Innovative Ways You Can Recycle Your Favorite Old Shirts

By Arkadeep Deb, 15 May 2017


1 Flannel Apron


  • Old flannel shirt.
  • Rotary cutter.
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue.
  • Ruler


  • Cut off the sleeves of the flannel shirt using the rotary cutter. 
  • Cut along the seams on the side of the shirt to separate the front and the back torso. Cut around the collar but towards the back, so as to remove a section for slipping in the apron over your head. Ensure the collar remains intact. 
  • Fold the remainder of the sides, without the sleeves, using glue to form the definite shape of the apron. 
  • The upper-back section which has been cut off can be used to provide for the strings that fast the apron. Cut off two 2-inch-long strips of fabric from the removed section of the shirt. 
  • Where the shirt reaches your waist, cut two perpendicular and inch-long sections. This is where the strings shall be inserted, folded in, and glued. 
  • The same process can be performed on the other side as well to provide for a pair of knots to fast the apron.
  • One can obviously make the strings as long as possible to fasten the knot tighter.

Requirements to reuse old shirts

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2 Pillow Case


  • Pillow
  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler


  • Measure the length and width of the pillow with the tape.
  • The t-shirt should obviously be larger in size than the pillow. Using the fabric marker, draw the dimensions of the pillow on the shirt. Add 2 inches gap to both sides and cut out the front and back of the t-shirt. 
  •  If the pillow is rectangular or square in shape, it will benefit you to cut a 1 sq. inch section away from each of the corners of the shirt. 
  • Draw 4 dotted lines, 1 inch away from each side of the shirt. The dotted lines should meet at the corners. 
  • Cut ¼ inch strips that are parallel to the side of the shirt. Ensure that you do not cut the strips beyond the dotted lines. 
  • Take the pillow and place the front of the shirt on top, so as to align the almost-finished cover on top of the pillow. 
  • Take strips from the shirt to tie all the four corners to give the pillow cover a frilly look.

Pillow Case

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