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
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.
Step 2: Upcycle 1: Buttons
Save buttons in your button jar for later use in another project.
Step 3: Upcycle 2: Doll Clothes
Other pieces you can turn over to your creative child and let her/him tie, sew, pin to make doll clothes of their own design.
Step 4: Upcycle 3: Napkins
I was able to get 8 napkins from this shirt. (The napkins I ended up with were not uniform in size and shape but who cares? They will work fine, even if they don't match perfectly.)
Trim away collar, double seams, etc.
Napkin edges can be hemmed or left frayed. They can also be cut with pinking shears if you want a zig-zag edging. For a fancy edging you can add crochet trim or use ribbon.
I left mine plain.