25 Easy DIY Ways To Update Your Old T-Shirts This Summer

Even those of us who don’t shop very often surely have a drawer full of old t-shirts they don’t really wear anymore. Whether they’re too big, too small, or just look really worn out, it’s easy to amass a collection of shirts that only have one purpose: to collect dust.

But this summer, spend some of your free time turning those shirts into something useful. It’s a great way to save money and to create something awesome out of something not-so-awesome. There are tutorials for making dingy t-shirts into a t-shirt you want to wear again, into a cool tank, a swimsuit coverup, bags, or even headbands. Want to get into some DIY stuff this summer? Here are 25 easy ways to update your old t-shirts right now: 

 

1. Make a boring shirt more interesting with these shoulder cutouts. 

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2. Turn an over-sized tee into a cool halter perfect for summer.

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3. Make a graphic tee more fun by adding lace inserts. 

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4. Turn a really old shirt into a cute bag. 

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5. Give a boring shirt an update with this lace top. 

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6. Make an oversized tee work for summer by cutting it into a tie-front tank

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7. Do something fun with dip dye to make a plain tee more exciting

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8. A little bit of lace makes a plain shirt more cool 

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9. Turn a graphic tee into a workout tank (or just a regular tank!)

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10. Or make it into a really cute little tote bag

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11. Create a cool pattern and put it all over a shirt you’re bored with 

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12. This cool ripped back tee made from a boring over-sized tee is a perfect swimsuit cover-up

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13. If the t-shirt is a lost cause, make it into a headband

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14. Create a really cool splattered tee out of a boring shirt

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15. Sometimes all you need is a simple change to the back to create something new and different

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16. A shirt you just don’t want to wear anymore can easily be made into an infinity scarf 

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17. Can’t find the graphic tee of your dreams? Make it yourself! 

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18. Need a new swimsuit coverup? An old, over-sized white tee can transform into a cool tie-dyed piece: 

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19. Add a gem necklace to any shirt to instantly give it an update 

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20. Turn a plain t-shirt into a cool ruffled tube top

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21. Go for something more casual and make a cool varsity shirt

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22. Turn a simple t-shirt into a tank with an awesome lace collar

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23. Make an over-sized t-shirt into a dress. This is one of the only shirt-to-dress tutorials I actually love! 

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24. Or add a lace cutout for something unexpected

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25. Here’s another fun tie-die coverup you can make with an old shirt:

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Which of these tutorials is your favorite? Which one have you tried? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments.

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