Recycle Old Striped T-shirts Into New Clothes (No Sew!)

Do you have a favorite striped t-shirt that you would like to upcycle into new clothes instead of throwing it away? Here are no sew refashion ideas for you to recycle old striped t-shirts into new clothes. Keep your wardrobe trendy and up-to-date with easy no sew projects.

A plain t-shirt only takes 5 minute with no sew refashion ideas. On the other hand, striped tees require a little bit more creativity. Its important to cut it the right way so you don’t completely ruin your favorite shirt.

Are looking for easy tops to wear to a summer music festival, for work, or to simply recycle old striped t-shirts into new clothes? We have the best no sew project ideas for you to try next. Create fashionable striped t-shirt outfits by upcycling your old shirts today!

I got my striped tees at the local thrift store for $3-$5 each. Here are the 4 different striped t-shirt styles that I used for this recycle old striped t-shirts into new clothes project. 

  • white and red pinstripe t-shirt dress
  • dark grey and off-white boxy t-shirt
  • white and black striped slim fitted t-shirt
  • blue and white wide stripe long sleeve t-shirt
 

No Sew Pinstriped Off The Shoulder T-shirt

This striped off the shoulder striped t-shirt is THE BEST Recycle DIY no sew refashion projects ever. It's perfect recycle and refashion your old tees. Simple and cute wardrobe to try for this summer!

Summer season is all about showing your shoulder in an elegant way. It’s easy to make this no sew pinstriped off the shoulder t-shirt from t-shirt dress or oversized tunic tee that you no longer wear anymore.

For this tutorial, I used t-shirt dress because you will need extra fabric to make the sleeves. With a regular t-shirt, you may find it challenging.

However, play around with the different stripe width and color to make a casual or dressy tee of your choice. And of course, you can pick different width of elastic band and tighten or loosen the gathering around the shoulder to create a personalized style.

 

No Sew Off The Shoulder T-Shirt Materials:

Best ways to recycle old striped t-shirt into new clothes! Without needing sewing this is fun project ever! All you need is t-shirt dress, elastic, glue and creativity!

I chose a pinstriped t-shirt dress that is 98% cotton and 2% spandex. Because when adding elastic inside, cotton makes the shirting more rigid and keeps the voluminous silhouette instead of Rayon Spandex fabric. Try to find a cotton spandex blended knit dress for this project.

 

Off Shoulder T-shirt Refashion Instructions: 

These step by step tutorials is amazing! Recycle old striped t-shirt into new off the shoulder top for summer season. It’s no sew project that is easy and fun to do.

  1. To make a cropped shirt, measure 16” up from the bottom of the hem and mark a dotted line across the shirt. Follow the stripe pattern and cut along the line. 
  2. Next, cut off both sleeves, and also cut open both side seams and shoulder seams. As a result, you have much more fabric to work with.
  3. Fold the panel in half with the inside facing out. Match the stripes so you have an even look.

    How To Make No Sew Off Shoulder Shirt Sleeves

  4. From the folded line, measure 9” x 9″and draw a square and cut along the chalk mark. Use a measuring tape and follow along the stripe pattern.
  5. Do the same with the other piece  of fabric. So now, you have two pieces 18” x 9” rectangles for each sleeve.
  6. Next, keep the hem finish of the original shirt as your new shirt hemline. Using the tape measure, start 1” away from the side seam and mark with the chalk. Then, measure 3” down and mark with chalk. Draw a smooth curve line and cut along the chalk mark. This is your new under armhole for the sleeve. Do the same for the other side.
  7. Grab the sleeve pieces and measure 1” away and 3” down from the raw edges, mark with chalk. Draw a smooth curved line and cut along the mark.
  8. Make sure the sleeves are folded with the wrong sides facing together. Now, join the side seam of the sleeve with the curve line using fabric glue. Let it dry completely for about 1~2 minutes and then turn the sleeve right side out.
  9. To join the body and sleeve, lay the body and sleeve armhole flat so it creates a “U” shape. Match the lines of both pieces to glue about 1/4” width along the curve line. Again let it dry completely.

    How To Make No Sew Off Shoulder Shirt With Elastic Band

  10. To make a tunnel for the elastic band, you’ll need to fold the top part of the shoulder about 1 1/4” and glue about 1/4” width. At the end, leave a 2” opening to insert the elastic band into the tunnel.
  11. Slide the elastic into the opening and push the band so it goes around the tunnel. Overlap the elastic and glue the ends together. Finally, close the opening to finish the no sew refashion off shoulder top.
 
Here is your new off the shoulder striped t-shirt that you made from an old tee. It’s a perfect summer piece to wear with denim shorts or jeans to create cute and adorable outfits on a casual day. 
 

Upcycle Striped Tank Top With Twist Shoulder

This striped twist shoulder tank top is THE BEST Recycle DIY no sew refashion projects ever. It's perfect recycle and refashion your old tees. Chic and edgy style workout wardrobe to try for this season!

This recycle old striped t-shirts into new clothes project is a fun way to cut clothes. For this tutorial, I upcycled a cropped t-shirt to give a fashionable look by simply converting the shoulder strap. The no sew twist shoulder top is both trendy and unique.

 

Striped Tank Top With Twist Shoulder Materials:

Best ways to recycle old striped t-shirt into new clothes like twist shoulder tank top! No sew required! All you need is striped t-shirt, elastic, glue and creativity!

The t-shirt I used is 100% cotton. I highly recommend using cotton material t-shirt because the twist detail will stay rigid. I’m afraid that using a flowy material like rayon or jersey material will look too flimsy on your shoulder.
 

Tank Top With Twist Shoulders Instructions:

These step by step tutorials is amazing! Recycle old striped t-shirt into new twist shoulder tank top for workout and gym. It’s no sew project that is easy and fun to do.

  1. To make a V-neckline, start measuring from highest point of shoulder, which is right next to the neckband. Use a measuring tape and chalk mark 7” away from the center of the neckline. Use the marking to draw a V-neckline.
  2. Cut along the new neckline and remove the original neckband.
    Pro tip: Be careful to cut one piece at a time for this tutorial because the neckline is different in the front and back. 
  3. To make a tank top, measure 2” away from the new neckline along the shoulder. Mark with chalk on both sides. Draw a smooth curve to create a new armhole. Lay the top flat and cut open both shoulder openings.
  4. To make a twist shoulder, cut the shoulder straps along the shoulder seam. Grab the front piece and twist away from the neckline one time. Then, rejoin the seam by glueing 1/4” and attaching the back shoulder strap at the original shoulder seam. Do the same on the other side.
    Pro tip: Make sure that both twists are done in the same direction so it looks right when worn. 
 
Enjoy your new shoulder twist tank top. Pair it with black leggings or high waisted boyfriend jeans for a workout or casual going out look.
 

Refashion Striped Crop T-Shirt With D-Ring Tie Front

This striped d-ring tie front striped t-shirt is THE BEST Recycle DIY no sew refashion projects ever. It's perfect recycle and refashion your old tees. Cool and hipster style wardrobe to try for this season!

This was an interesting way to recycle old striped t-shirts into new clothes because there were two separate phases. The steps by step instructions are simple to follow for this upcycle project, so don’t hesitate even if you are a beginner.

First, I took a regular length shirt and cut it to make a crop style silhouette. Then, I attached a D-ring to the bottom center of the crop t-shirt. Using the excess fabric from the original length, I refashioned a tie to knot to add to the D-ring embellishment.

 

Crop T-Shirt With D-Ring Tie Front Materials:

Best ways to recycle old striped t-shirt into new clothes like D-Ring crop top! No sew required! All you need is slim fitted striped t-shirt, elastic, glue and D-ring!

 
I used a 100% cotton stripe t-shirt. The cotton material is easy to work with when you recycle old striped t-shirts into new clothes. Cotton is soft, flowy and responds well to the no sew techniques. I recommend using a similar material when performing this no sew refashion.
 

Crop T-Shirt With D-Ring Tie Front Instructions

These step by step tutorials is amazing! Recycle old striped t-shirt into new D-ring tie front top for summer and festival outfit for hipster look. It’s no sew project that is easy and fun to do.

  1. To make a cropped shirt, measure 17” down from the neckband and  mark. Cut along the line. 
  2. Next, fold the t-shirt in half. Measure 1 1/4” up from the center front and then cut open. After, measure 1 1/4” away from the center front and chalk mark. Draw a quarter circle and cut.
  3. To attach the D-ring, lay the t-shirt flat. Glue about 1/8” width of the t-shirt half circle in order to cover the D-ring. Let it dry, and then cover the other half of the D-ring.
  4. To make the tie front detail, use the remaining fabric. Measure 2 1/2” down and cut along the stripe. Open the seam. Glue along the wrong side of the fabric about 1/4” and fold in half to create 1” width strap. Fold the fabric inside and close the ends with glue.
    Pro tip: For a street style look, make the strap long to tie completely around the waist. For a casual look, make the same length as this no sew video tutorial.
  5. Insert the strap inside the D-ring and finish the tie front detail.
 
Its fun to wear a skin tight t-shirt that is cropped length. Perfect for a festival or outdoor concert. Wear this crop top with a high waisted skirt or denim jeans for a hipster style. 
 

No Sew Long Sleeve Striped T-shirt Mix With Woven Shirt

This knit mix woven striped t-shirt with long sleeve is THE BEST Recycle DIY no sew refashion projects ever. It's perfect recycle and refashion your old tees and men’s shirt. Elegant and modern style office wardrobe to try for this season!

This recycle old striped t-shirts into new clothes project is exciting because it combines two different fabrics and patterns. I used a long sleeve striped t-shirt as the base, and added a woven shirt with a grid pattern. 

This no sew upcycle top is very unique because the front of the top looks completely different from the backside. I attached a smaller portion of the woven shirt to the front bottom, and a larger amount of woven material to the back. As a result, the top features a tremendous amount of contrast and looks extremely fashion forward.

The most important factor to consider when combining these two tops is to find a similar color palette. As you will notice, I combine different shades of blue tones that blended very well together.

 

T-shirt With Woven Shirt Materials:

Best ways to recycle old striped t-shirt into new clothes like knit and woven mix top just like Anthropologie style! No sew required! All you need is long sleeve striped t-shirt and men’s shirt, elastic, glue and creativity!

 
I used a cropped striped t-shirt that is 100% cotton. Cotton was easy to work with in this design. In addition, when washed, the two fabrics respond similarly without one shrinking or discoloring more than the other.
 

T-shirt Combined With Woven Shirt Instructions

These step by step tutorials is amazing! Recycle old striped t-shirt into new knit mix woven top for casual weekend and business casual look. It’s no sew project that is easy and fun to do.

  1. Measure 5” up from the hemline of the button-down shirt and mark with chalk. Cut the side seams open and cut along the chalk mark to separate the pieces. 
  2. Turn the striped t-shirt over, and then measure 6” down from the neckband. Cut open the side seams, follow along the armhole and also across the new yoke line. 
  3. Back to the button-down shirt. Measure 16” up from the hemline and mark with chalk. Open the side seams and cut along the line.

    How To Attach T-shirt To Woven Shirt

  4. Next, measure the bottom opening and mark the half point. Lay the button-down shirt pieces together and match the front center of the t-shirt. Glue the placket first, and then glue the hemline to attach the woven fabric to the knit.
  5. Fold the back woven piece in half and mark the center with chalk. Open the fabric, measure 1” on both sides, and then mark with chalk. Fold both sides towards the center and glue to secure.
  6. Lay the back piece of the woven shirt onto the back of the knit t-shirt. Then, draw the armhole with a chalk mark by following the armhole and side seam of the t-shirt. Make sure to draw the new side seam for the front piece as well. Cut along the side seams and armhole.
  7. Fold the side seams inward and glue to attach the back side seams. Glue along the armhole of  the t-shirt by folding the back piece 1/4” and attaching. Add glue along the yoke line and fold inwards to attach the woven piece to the knit fabric. 
 

Now, you completed knit t-shirt mix with woven shirt to wear on a casual Friday or on a vacation getaway. Furthermore, pair this upcycle top with skinny jeans and ballet flats for business casual look.

This no sew project is so easy to make. You just need to recycle old t-shirts into new clothes, so don’t throw away your old clothes.

How do you recycle old t-shirts into new clothes?
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Soonjoo Uh

I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

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