T-Shirt Crafts abound on the internet. If you’re looking for a fun craft to do with a t-shirt, you won’t be hard-pressed to find one on Pinterest or on the tons of sewing and craft blogs out there.
But, now comes the time for a little self-reflection. Is it really a good idea to make all this stuff from t-shirts?
Of course, it’s great to recycle and reuse. T-shirt fabric is suitable for a lot of projects, but sometimes it’s not the perfect material and the projects featured won’t last the test of time and use.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about T-shirt fabric.
1.) It stretches! That’s why you like to wear it! What does this mean for your crafts? It means that if you re-shape the neckline or the hem by just cutting it into a new shape- it won’t stay. You must stabilize seams, hems and necklines on knits- or you’ll get a funky product.
2.) T-shirt fabric is thin! Some T-shirts are thicker than others, I know, but thinner t-shirts are popular and have been for a few years. So, if you’re going to make a skirt out of a t-shirt, take a look in the mirror first and make sure you’re not giving anyone a free show. T-shirt fabric was originally intended for t-shirts, just keep that in mind while you’re cleverly redesigning them
3.) Can these fabric features be good- YES! That’s why we love them, just don’t expect t-shirt fabric to act like anything other than what it is.
Do you want something to be be stretchy and soft? Like a t-shirt scarf? Go for it with a tutorial like this one from HelloGiggles.
Do you want to use up those t-shirts and be green about cleaning? Check these washcloths out on My Bit of Earth.
And then there are t-shirt bags. Normally, these don’t really turn me on- but they could be useful. And the author at DeliaCreates does a great job of showing how to sew with t-shirt knit!
The point is this: Don’t get disappointed if your t-shirt craft doesn’t work out, you may have been doomed from the beginning. Just keep in mind how the t-shirt fabric will act when you’re upcycling into your next project!
Have you made anything from a t-shirt? How did it go?