Reusing Old Shirts?

by Katie on March 30, 2011

Think your t-shirts have come to their time of death?

I was going through my husbands under shirts last year, all 7,826 of them, and getting rid of the holy or stained ones. Ladies, I think men would wear their undershirts for 20 years if we didn’t step in.

So…I did what I deemed necessary and got a basket of them to throw out.

Then I had a frugal epiphany and decided to cut them into rags! It has worked out great!

I am decluttering and repurposing all at the same time.

Do you repurpose your old t-shirts?

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily March 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I do the same thing! But…his favorite tees I have to toss or he'll notice that I cleaned out the drawers!

Emily from Nap Time Is My Time


Mama D March 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Ha! My Grandma taught me this at a young age!! She went so far as reusing socks and underwear too! I have recently found out I am pregnant…have been gathering materials to make diapers…my daughters old tee shirts are fixing to become the lining in her new baby's diapers!!!


Katie March 30, 2011 at 11:43 pm


Smart! I always ask him if I can throw some away, but he wants to hold on to them forever…maybe I just need to do it and not ask!


Katie March 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Mama D,

Not sure about the underwear…LOL!

What a great idea to use them for diaper liners! So smart…


robbie @ going green mama March 31, 2011 at 6:54 am
sara March 31, 2011 at 9:32 am

baby wipes and family cloth ;)


Katie March 31, 2011 at 11:57 am

@ Robbie: flannel…great idea! Thanks for sharing the link!

@ Sara: Thanks for sharing!


Mama D March 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm

It WAS rather embarrassing to be dusting furniture with Grandpa's old underwear as a kid….I don't go quite that far…but tee shirts are fair game!!!
Thanks for the link about the wipes…I am planning on doing that one too!


Katie April 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Mama D,

I bet it was…that is just too funny!


Christy April 15, 2011 at 9:19 am

T-shirts, socks, sweatshirts, towels – it is all nicely (or not so nicely LOL) cut up and in the cleaning rags. UW? well by the time I let those go they are bad enough to be ripped small and thrown in the compost.


Katie April 15, 2011 at 10:51 am


I love that…UW in the compost! Awesome!


~Sara April 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I do this with all our old t-shirts. They make great rags.


Amy T. April 16, 2011 at 1:45 am

What a neat idea! Do you sew around the edges? Or just cut them up? I've never done it, but it seems like it would be a really nifty idea!


Katie April 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm


No need to sew…just cut them up!


Amy T. April 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Thanks! I will have to try that!


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