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Race t-shirt overload? Here are 8 ways to repurpose them

Race shirts reimagined: creative ways to use your t-shirtsMost runners have a drawers upon drawers filled with race shirts that they’ll never wear – either because they’re ill-fitting, ill-quality, or – let’s face it – ugly. But, hey! We earned those shirts! So it can be tough to part with them. Here are eight things you can do to declutter your dresser while still showing off your accomplishments.

  1. Reimagine it: If you love the shirt design, but the fit is just not right there are many ways to refashion it. If it’s too tight, try this crochet trim modification. If you’d like to venture into a more refined style, try this no-sew one-shoulder t-shirt. Or reimagine it into a cuter workout t-shirt.
  2. Display it. Check out this t-shirt canvas idea. You just take a square canvas and stretch your shirt over it. Then staple to secure and hang on your wall. This project would make great art for your family room or office – even your workplace. And don’t feel like you have to use a square canvas – anything in that shape (even plywood) would do.
  3. Sew a quilt. I’m sure you’ve come across services like RaceQuilt.com that turn your collection of race t-shirts into beautiful quilts. If you have a sewing machine and some minimal skill, try making one for a fraction of the price.
  4. Iron a blanket. If you’ve never picked up a needle, you can check out this no-sew t-shirt blanket tutorial instead. The t-shirts featured here aren’t running-related, but you get the idea – cut your squares and adhere using glue or iron-on tape. The project takes about two hours from start to finish, but it’d make a boastful blanket to warm you for years to come.
  5. Make a scarf. Don’t have time to make a quilt or blanket? This DIY t-shirt scarf is a rewarding project you can wear around while running errands. You can make a lightweight, one-layer scarf for fashion or a heavyweight for more inclement weather.
  6. Tie a bag. This no-sew shirt bag would be a great way to use a race t-shirt. Not only is it adorable, it’s also got a purpose. You can tote your stuff around town or use it specifically to lug your race gear around to that next event.
  7. Kid around. Give some love to your cheering crowd by sewing a t-shirt dress, cutting out a superhero cape, making a t-shirt bib, or perhaps crafting some DIY baby clothes. Really, the possibilities are endless. And your kids will love feeling more involved with your favorite hobby.
  8. Stuff a pillow. If you’re in need of some family room decor, these simple t-shirt covered pillows. You’ll just want to cut squares of your t-shirt slightly larger than the pillow you want to cover, then use a sewing machine/needle that’s intended for use on jersey knit fabric.

Written by Ashley Marcin.

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