How to Make Underwear Out of an Old T-Shirt

by Laura Britton ; Updated September 28, 2017

If you have an old T-shirt with a great graphic but a bit too much damage for regular wear, you don't have to trash it. Recycle it instead. You can transform that holey T-shirt into a great pair of sassy undies if you make the best use of the salvageable fabric.

Items you will need

  • Underwear sewing pattern
  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Elastic (sized as indicated in the pattern)
  • Thread to match
  • Sewing machine
Step 1

Wash and dry the T-shirt.

Step 2

Cut the T-shirt apart along its existing seams and then lay all the separate pieces flat.

Step 3

Cut out the pattern pieces as indicated in the manufacturer's directions.

Step 4

Determine whether the T-shirt's graphic is a better size for the back of the underwear or for the front by holding the respective pattern pieces over it and pinning the best choice in place.

Step 5

Pin the rest of the pattern pieces to the T-shirt fabric, avoiding torn or worn places.

Step 6

Cut the T-shirt pieces.

Step 7

Sew the pieces together as directed in the pattern you chose.

Photo Credits

  • stock.xchng

About the Author

Laura Britton is a graduate of Indiana University and a former English teacher. She is the managing editor of "The Balefire" magazine, and her work has appeared in several magazines and journals. Britton has been writing professionally for 10 years.