8 Ways to Refresh That T-Shirt You Sorta Like But Never Wear

upcycling t-shirt with flower yoke

It’s a given: 88 percent of T-shirts end up in the back of your closet. But before you Marie Kondo said closet, bring those shirts to the forefront. These upcycle projects are simple to make and will refresh your garments so they’re oh-so-ready to wear again.

1. Go Sheer for Summer

t-shirt with sheer panel

Turn that old T-shirt into a fab summer top with a sheer back panel. It’s cute, it’s flowy and (best part) you can do it in three steps!

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2. Stitch It By Hand

hand-embroidered t-shirt

Fact: everything gets better with a hit of embroidery. Draw your design with a fabric pen, map out your embroidery stitches and thread up! Pro tip: T-shirts can be a bit tricky to work with thanks to their stretch, so stabilizers are a must.

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3. Add a Block of Color

upcycled colorblock t-shirt

This project is all. about. color. Create an eye-catching shirt by swapping half the Tee for fabric that makes it pop. On top of being so fashionable, it’s a great way to fix any pesky holes near your hem.

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4. Make a Statement (Necklace)

chunky t-shirt necklace

Bold, chunky necklaces are always in style, and it’s never been easier to turn that old top into your next go-to accessory. All you need is a rotary cutter, ribbon and some hot glue!

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5. Stamp It Up

rainbow stamped t-shirt

Turn your T-shirt from drab to fab with a fun DIY stamp. We used rubber bands to make a rainbow pattern, but you can create any pattern you want by cutting a design into an eraser.

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6. Bust Out Your Embroidery Machine

machine embroidered flower neckline

When it comes to putting a new spin on a T-shirt, machine embroidery gives you soooo many options. Keep it simple with a monogram, or go all-out and add decorative appliqué around the neckline.

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7. Wear Your Heart on Your Shirt

embroidered heart shirt

There are so many reasons to love this project: it’s adorable for your kiddo, it’s easy to do in an afternoon and you get to upcycle two T-shirts. Get a crash course in making T-shirt yarn, then show off your new skill!

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8. Make the Perfect Pocket

butterfly pocket shirt

This butterfly pocket is so fly, and creating it is crazy quick. Consider it your go-to whenever there are kids around whose wardrobes need some revamping. (Birthday party project, anyone?)

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