10 ways to recycle old race shirts

by Kim on April 23, 2013

A few months ago, I was cleaning out my workout clothes drawers and complaining that I couldn’t figure out what to do with all my old race shirts.

I never wear them (I’m more of a tank top girl for workouts), but I can’t quite bring myself to part with them, either.

Sound familiar?

On my original post, some of you expressed a similar problem and requested a follow-up post when I figured it all out.

Well, I still haven’t figured it all out, but I did do some research for you (aka hung out on Pinterest for awhile) and I think I’ve found a few good options. Maybe even one or two you haven’t heard of yet.

10 Ways to Recycle Old Race Shirts

–The workout tank top

Option A (from Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean):

DIY workout tank top

Option B:

Workout tank 2

–The DIY bag

Option A (my no-sew version):

Race shirt bag

Option B (the pro-sew version):

T shirt bags

–The custom tote

Not a DIYer? Not a problem.

Mile 22 will take your race t-shirts, bibs, pictures and other memorabilia (“anything flat”) and turn them into a tote bag, duffel bag, messenger bag, diaper bag, or backpack for you.

Mile 22 bag

Mile 22 bag 2

–The laptop sleeve

16 tutorial options

T shirt laptop sleeve

The quilt

One of a kajillion tutorials

Love the quilt but don’t sew? Original Quilts or Campus Quilts can make one for you.

Race shirt quilt(this is Skinny Chick’s quilt)

–The wall canvas


T shirt wall canvas

–The dribble bib


Baby bib

–The baby gown


Baby gown

–The dress for a little girl


T shirt dress

–The donation

If you hate every single one of these ideas and you’re feeling increasingly positive that the dang shirts are just going to keep clogging up your workout clothes drawers until the end of time, then for the love, just take them to Goodwill.

It’s ok. People will believe you when you say you ran that race, even if you don’t have the T-shirt to prove it.

If you start to feel your hoarder instincts flaring up, go ahead and take a picture of yourself in the shirt and add it to your sweet running scrapbook first.

Race scrapbook

Boom. Memories preserved!

And you won’t believe how amazing it is to be able to open your workout clothes drawers without having to reach in and smash down the contents first.

P.S. If you’ve ever been on Pinterest, you know that there are approximately 9 kajillion other things you can make out of T-shirts, like bracelets, cuffs, scarves, and stuffed bunnies (oh yes), but I thought the ideas above were the best options for maintaining the significance of a race shirt.

Which one of these ideas would you most like to try?

What else do you do (or have you seen done) with old race shirts?



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Party Shirts May 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Great ideas. I usually just donate my old shirts
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Elham April 29, 2013 at 1:14 am

Kim, they are great ideas! I decided to follow the idea of the bags and the baby gown for my little sister.


Jacqueline April 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

Wow, there are so many neat ideas on what to do with race shirts. I’m with you, totally a tank top girl.
Thanks for the link love. Have a great day!!


Kim April 23, 2013 at 11:59 am

No problem – I love how your quilt turned out!


PickyRunner April 23, 2013 at 6:46 am

I REALLY want to get a t-shirt blanket made. So badly. Ahhh it would make my life. I just have to part with my shirts for it…
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Kim April 23, 2013 at 10:26 am

I’m guessing you could probably make like 10 blankets with all the T-shirts you must have. :)


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