The following instructable is a simple demonstration of how to upcycle an old shirt.
This is a good project to do with children. It is easy, quick, zero cost and fun. It also has the added benefit of teaching kids the skill of upcycling and creative thinking.
Upcycling is a better use of an unwanted piece of clothing versus donating (there is a glut of used clothing going unbought, unused and unwanted) or throwing into the trash.
I also feel that upcycling is a better choice because it can save money and resources that might have been used to make the items the shirt will turn into.
And so this old shirt will be upcycled into the following five items; a headband, doll clothes, napkins, spare buttons and a small carry case.
Step 1: Assemble Ingredients
100% Cotton Shirt, washed
OR rotary cutter w/cutting mat (optional)
The pattern of this shirt (a small plaid) made cutting very easy. I just followed the lines.
I used a man's size Extra Large,long sleeve, button front shirt for this Instructable.