DIY Fabric Garland Made With T-Shirts

by Dagmar Bleasdale on March 21, 2013

DIY fabric garland

DIY Fabric Garland With Old T-Shirt

Have you ever wanted to upcycle old T-shirts that have seen better days?

Since Don is a finish carpenter, we have a surplus of T-shirts with holes and stains.

I usually cut them up and use them to clean the house because I can’t stand waste, but I thought there had to be other things I could make with old (clean) T-shirts and other fabric scraps.

And there is! I made this cute fabric garland out of old T-shirts.

It was super easy — just take a look at the pictures.

DIY Fabric Garland Supplies:

  • old, clean T-shirts
  • optional: fabric scrap
  • scissors
  • string

Instead of just using T-shirts, I decided to also used up a piece of colorful fabric.

DIY garland made with T-shirts

  1. Start by cutting the T-shirt into strips. I made mine about 12 inches long and 2/3 inches wide, but you can make them as long or as wide as you like. You could also mix up the length and width..
  2. Cut the string as long as you want the garland to be, taking into account that you need some string without fabric strips on both ends so you can attach it somewhere.
  3. Now take a strip and put both ends on top of each other. Then take the loop and put it under your string. Take the two ends and pull them through the loop, around the string. Pull the string tight and keep doing this until the garland is as long as you desire.

diy fabric garland

It took about 25 fabric strips to make 15 inches of garland. Depending on how thin or thick you decide to make the strips, the number of strips will be different for you.

Do you have other ideas for using old T-shirts? I’ll have a lifetime supply of them — let me know!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynn February 16, 2015 at 12:54 AM

I cut my husband’s old t-shirts and even jeans into strips and make crochet rag rugs out of them. Making these goes surprisingly quickly when you use the biggest crochet hook you can find.


Holly February 15, 2015 at 6:49 PM

What a fabulous idea! I always wonder what I can do with old shirts and this idea is perfect!


Dagmar Bleasdale February 15, 2015 at 10:44 PM

Yay! So glad you came by, Holly!


Mrs. White Twig February 12, 2015 at 1:38 AM

Very cute! I made some of these for my niece’s wedding and they were perfect for an outdoor, vintage theme. Love!


Dagmar Bleasdale February 12, 2015 at 11:52 AM

What a sweet idea! Oh, I would totally have a vintage-themed wedding if I could do it over again.


Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint March 30, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I love this idea of using old fabric, I have plenty of it. Your banner is so cute! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.



Dagmar Bleasdale April 1, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Hi Denyse, I’m so glad you like it!


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