T-shirts seem to have a sneaky way of multiplying in the closet when you’re not looking, yet they appear to stay in the same state of disrepair when they do. If you’re looking for ideas on how to revamp your old shirts and give them a new lease of life, here’s 5 great ways to give them the ultimate makeover.

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Dye It

The ever popular method of tie-dying is still the fate of many old t-shirts. If you aren’t sold on this look, there’s still a great range of other options you can try when it comes to fabric dyes. Has your favourite black shirt faded? It’s easy to dye an old shirt darker, and this is a simple way to give your old shirts a fresh new look. Cotton is the easiest fabric to dye, with synthetics taking a little more work. Just remember if you’re dying a light coloured shirt darker, the thread of the seams will almost always remain the original colour, so be prepared for this.

Bleach Solutions

If dying isn’t your thing, or you have some old dark t-shirts who won’t absorb the dye, you can consider bleaching them instead. You can achieve a range of interesting patters and effects with similar methods to tie-dye. Experimentation is the key, as the results of bleaching can be quite unpredictable. You will get a variety of colours and patterns when bleaching, but this is part of the appeal. You’re guaranteed to end up with something unique that’s for sure!

Slice it Up

There’s nothing more satisfying than taking to some old shirts with a pair of sharp scissors. Adding some artificial cuts and slices to your shirts can take them from drab to edgy in a matter of seconds. How carried away you get is entirely up to you and the kind of style you want to achieve.

Beading and Embroidery

Creating your own unique designs with stitching and beading is a great way to revitalise old shirts. From funky buttons and ribbons to personalised embroidery, there’s no end to what you can achieve with a bit of effort. Have no fear, if you’re not too great with a needle and thread, there are plenty of great iron-on patches and transfers that you can use to revamp your old shirts instead.

Up for Adoption

If all else fails, don’t throw away your old shirts. You might not love them anymore, but there might be someone out there who will! You can try selling them on eBay, which is a great way to earn some extra money. If you don’t want to spend the time selling them online, donate them to your local Lifeline or Salvation Army services so your old shirts can have another chance at life while helping those in need. Once you’ve cleared everything out, consider designing your very own personalised t-shirts so that you know you won’t ever get sick of them.

These are just a few simple and easy ways to revamp the old shirts in your cupboard. Your imagination is the only limit when it comes to adding some creative flair to your preloved garments, and with a bit of time and effort, you can create something truly unique. Get those neglected shirts out of the bottom of your cupboard and give them the makeover they deserve!

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