Repurposed T-shirts and Sweaters Projects

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collage of 7 images of projects made from sweaters, t-shirts and zippers

I adore repurposing items into new beautiful useful items. Repurposing makes me happy because it’s earth-friendly, frugal and challenges me creatively. I’m not the only one that enjoys turning old clothing items into new fun projects. These repurposed clothing projects use t-shirts, sweaters and more to create new non clothing items. 

This is the perfect opportunity to go through your clothing and purge items that are worn, don’t fit or you just don’t like.  Removing those unwanted clothing items is the perfect opportunity to organize t-shirts and sweaters. 

black pillow with images of planets and text "back in my day we had nine planets"

If you don’t have any clothing to repurpose in your home then head out to your local thrift stores. You may find my tips on How to Go Thrift Store Shopping and Not Feel Guilty and 3 Reasons to Shop at Thrift Stores (and not feel guilty) helpful before you head out thrifting.

Repurposed Clothing Projects

Now that you’ve found clothing items to repurpose, here are more than 20 repurposed clothing projects to inspire you.


Upcycled T-Shirt Tote from Muslin Merlot

T-shirt Yarn Braided Coasters from home work

T-shirt Yarn Braided Basket from home work

Tie-Dyed T-Shirt Quilt

Easy T-Shirt Pillow

Hula Competition Tote

2 pink sweater fabric coffee sleeves on wood table next to 2 sweetener packets


Sweater Wreath from Crafts ‘n Coffee

Old Sweater – New Storage from home work

Old Sweater to Gold Napkin Rings from home work

Sweater Sleeve to Heating Bag from home work

DIY Upcycled Cup Sleeve

Easy Upcycled Sweater Box

More Repurposed Sweater Mittens

Upcycled Sweater to Stylish Organizing Bin

Repurposed Sweater Sleeve to Travel Shoe Bag

Repurposed Sweater Sleeve Gift Bags

Easy Repurposed Sweater Mittens

Repurposed Sweater Pillows


DIY Tissue Pouch from Muslin Merlot


DIY Zipper Bracelet from Moms & Crafters

collage of 5 images with items made from sweaters and t-shirts

Many of these repurposed clothing projects make wonderful gifts. Start looking through your closets and drawers for clothing items that you’re not wearing and repurpose them into a beautiful gift for yourself or a friend.

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  1. Susan, you have such a great list of projects here. Many of them I recognize and some are new to me. I will have to go and check them out. I think my all time favorite is the Tie Dye picnic blanket. It brings out the Hippie in me! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Hi Susan, you know I love repurpose project and you have quite the list here. I’ll have to take my time and check them all out. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Darlene

  3. I love how big your list is! I really like the t-shirt pillows. I know my kids would love them – and I can make them out of some of their favorite old t-shirts.

    1. The great thing about the t-shirt pillows is that they’re super soft and cuddly. Have fun making some with your kiddos, Stacey.

  4. What a great idea! I have a bag of things that are not even fit to donate. Great things to do with the little ones when they visit.

  5. Now I know what to do with the 100s of random socks and Tshirts my 4 kids left when they went off to college. Very crafty repurposing ideas!

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