Do you currently have t-shirts that your kids are growing out of or old t-shirts from your high school days that are just sitting in boxes in your basement? One solution could be donating those old clothes, but why not turn those old t-shirts into something you can use every day? Something you may commonly use every day is a paper napkin at the dinner table.  Here’s a great way to upcycle your t-shirts and replace paper napkins with cloth ones.


Supplies You Will Need

  • Old T-shirts
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Iron

Step 1

Cut two squares out of a t-shirt using the rotary cutter and mat.

This example is using a 12.5 inch square cutting guide, however, you can make yours as big or small as you want.


Step 2

Place the t-shirt squares together and line up the edges.


Step 3

Sew around the two squares using a 1/4 seam allowance. Be sure to leave 2-3 inch opening for turning.

Tip: Start in the middle of one side and stop 2-3 inches from your starting point after you have made it around all of the other sides.


Step 4

Clip the edges off of each corner.


Step 5

Turn the napkin right side out and turn the edges of the opening under and then press the napkin.


Step 6

Using a stitch of your choice, sew around all four sides of the napkin.


Finished Product


Now you have made yourself a cloth napkin. This is just one way to upcycle an old t-shirt. Other upcycling ideas may include blankets, bags or decorations around the house. So before you think to donate those old clothes in your closet or basement, try upcycling!