Gallery: 10 Ingenious Ways to Recycle an Old T-Shirt

PRODUCE BAG

Carry your produce home from the farmers' market in a reusable "mesh" bag made from a single castoff T-shirt.

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PAINTERS’ SMOCKS

Is your budding Michelangelo turning you into a closet case? Protect your tyke’s clothes—and your sanity—by whipping up a pint-size painters’ smock for life’s messy moments.

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TEE-KINI

Don’t waste your cash on expensive swimsuits that only last a season. Cobble together a sexy T-shirt bikini using materials you already have on hand.

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T-STRAP SANDALS

Spruce up a tired pair of flip-flops by winding strips of T-shirt fabric around the toe straps.

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PRODUCE BAG

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LITTLE LEGGINGS

T-shirts with a bit of stretch are perfect for refashioning into toddler leggings.

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BOXY TEE

If the dog days of summer are nipping at your feet, steal a page from Loomstate’s playbook by refashioning a baggy T-shirt into a blousy, summery tunic.

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GIRL’S DRESS

Cut a T-shirt down to size to create an instant frock for your favorite little lady.

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T-SHIRT NECKLACE

Repurposing a T-shirt into a necklace-scarf hybrid couldn’t be easier. The no-sew method takes a mere four steps—and the fourth step is completely optional.

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HEADBAND OR BELT

Stitch up your own braided belt or headband by twisting swathes of T-shirt to your heart’s content.

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HULA HOOP RUG

Turn a spare hula hoop into an ad-hoc loom and craft a colorful accent rug to brighten your domicile.

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