I’m excited to share another upcycle idea list, this one is for upcycled flannel shirts! I know these are often made as memorial gifts but it’s also an easy item to scoop up at thrift stores. There are no sew flannel crafts as well as upcycle and refashion flannel sewing tutorials so something for everyone; there’s no excuse to trash old flannels now!
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Upcycled flannel shirts – 15+ creative ideas
I collected thrift store flannels for a few months so I could stitch up this quilt! I have a full tutorial here- how to turn upcycled flannel shirts into a cozy quilt.
A no sew flannel upcycle, make a wintery wreath with this easy tutorial over at Sadie Seasongoods.
Emilie posted this in a Facebook upcycle sewing group and kindly let me share – she used the Patterns 4 Pirates zipper pocket infinity scarf pattern and cut up flannel shirts to make them!
Make a fun fall accessory by turning a button up flannel into a drawstring backpack, with a tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.
Turn flannel sleeves into a beer cozie with this easy tutorial from Fair Robin Revival; she does it with fabric glue but of course, I’d sew it.
I love that the ‘chest’ pockets would be functional too! There’s a tutorial for turning a flannel shirt into a tote on Quilting Digest.
Another no sew upcycle, visit Refresh Living for the tutorial on making upcycled flannel pumpkins.
This is a fun idea to turn a stack of old flannels into a nightgown instead, on Youtube.
This looks cozy and perfect for fall, or as a memorial sewing project; see how to turn a flannel shirt into a pillow cover over at Happy At Home.
If you’re looking for a subtle change, more of an alteration than an upcycle, check out this tutorial from It’s Always Autumn.
I need to make something like this! See how to turn flannel shirts into a draft door stopper with a tutorial from Sadie Seasongoods.
I am skeptical of how this would hold up using glue but I think the idea is creative and it would be easy to sew instead, too!
She uses yardage, but these would be super easy to make from old shirts, see how Down Redbud Drive turned flannel into mini Christmas trees.
Another cuff upcycle, turn them into coffee cozies! This doesn’t really need a tutorial but you can get inspiration over at ThriftDee.
This isn’t my aesthetic but it’s so cute, Nora Jane transformed a men’s flannel shirt into a fun skirt.
Melissa refashioned a traditional flannel shirt into a “cold shoulder” style top instead, with a tutorial on Trevor Loves Mommy.
There’s no tutorial but it’s great inspiration (and any drawstring bag tutorial would work!), see how Larissa Another Day used a shirt and turned it into a drawstring bag.
Cuffs are often the first thing that get cut off, see how to turn them into fun little pouches over at Tatertots & Jello.
If you have a small enough pooch, turn a flannel shirt into a dog coat and keep pupper warm! Tutorial over at Bevy Kona.