Upcycling Ideas for Flannel Fabric from Flannel Shirts

Upcycling Ideas for Flannel Fabric from Flannel Shirts

I love how versatile flannel fabric is, despite that it has such an autumn and winter feel to it. But from home decor, to accessories, to cozy projects for our pets, the flannel fabric from men’s flannel shirts is just ideal for cozy crafting.

In fact, some of my most popular upcycling ideas to date started as men’s flannel shirts at the thrift store. Such as these hand warmers, which are reusable and re-heatable. And the flannel fabric feels SO cozy in your hands!

DIY hand warmers or football hand warmers that are a scrapbuster that uses flannel fabric from upcycled clothing for an autumn craft by Sadie Seasongoods

Or this winter holiday wreath made from scraps of flannel material that I had leftover

Plaid Christmas wreath from recycled flannel shirts

No matter how you dice it, I simply can’t stop upcycling clothes from the thrift store – and most of those are flannel shirts! They are such a cheap way to score some flannel fabric.

Here’s a thrifting tip for flannel fabric from me: Go flannel shirt shopping during the hottest months of the year! My thrift stores fill the clearance racks with flannel shirts when the thermometer is bursting from the heat, so that’s when I do all my flannel shopping for projects!

And of course, I’m by no means the only one hunting the aisles of used clothing for flannels, either. There are SO many amazing upcycing ideas for flannel fabric out there, and I’ve gathered some of my favorites for you.

Upcycling Ideas for Flannel Fabric from Men’s Flannel Shirts

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Are you mad for plaid yet? Or maybe your eyes are crossed- ha! Either way, I am most definitely under flannel’s spell once again this year.


I’m also excited to announce that my first book is now available! If you enjoy upcycling clothing and simple sewing projects, then you will love my book on flannel crafts!

Crafting with Flannel by Sarah Ramberg


If you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for used clothing and flannel shirts, then you’ll love this acorn decor that is made from tweed fabric from a tweed coat!

Decorative acorns from a tweed sport coat

Craft on!


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  1. Awesome roundup, Sarah. Pinned – thank you!

  2. What a wonderful array of projects! I turned my husbands worn out flannel shirts into Alzheimer Fidget Quilts.

  3. Awesome ideas! I love all of them — the bracelets, the wreath, the knapsack, the necklace, the tags, every one of them! I am honored to have the Plaid Ornaments from CraftsnCoffee.com included — thank you!

  4. And there she goes again – a treasure trove of ideas!! My cats would love that bed! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  5. Oh my goodness, so many great ideas! And it’s incredible how such a rustic fabric can look so elegant when used in some ways! 🙂 Lisa

  6. I never tire of plaid, keep them coming please!

  7. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    Sarah there are so many great ideas here. I’ll have to go looking for some more flannel shirts. Thanks for including my chair with a flannel seat.

  8. Thank you so much for the great round up of ideas and for the sweet gesture of including my quilt! I love your table runner and those mittens are super cozy and inspiring!

  9. Great collection of ideas. Think I like the plaid bangles the best! Visiting from Homemade and Handcrafted party.

  10. Hi sarah, love the collection of ideas !!
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  11. Just a few words cause I’ve got to go to the thrift store and look for flannel shirts! Great ideas, pinned and shared.

  12. Oh my goodness! What Fabulous ideas. I can’t decide which one to do first. I love them all! I am seriously going to do some! I don’t have a lot of shirts in my stash but I am going thrifting to look for some. I do have a stash of fabric though!
    Thanks for sharing this. I’d love for you to come over to The Fabulous Fall Party and link!
    It’s over here:
    Happy Fall!

  13. How fun! I love all of these flannel projects. I might have to make those Christmas ornaments this year!

  14. These are great ideas!! Thanks for sharing at TOHOT.

  15. Thank you for featuring my Flannel Ornament pillow!

  16. I love repurposing flannel shirts, esp into pillows. Thanks for so many great ideas for the rest of the shirts!! Lu

  17. Fantastic round up. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  18. Sarah, I love these flannel projects!! Your table runner, the ornaments, and those stockings are a few of my favorites!!

  19. Hey Sarah! As always, I love your ideas. Thank you for linking this post up at the Funtastic Friday Link Party. It’s my feature tonight!

  20. Brilliant ideas I love upcycling sweaters but hadn’t thought of flannel shirts before. The tags and the lined mittens are my favourite.

  21. The flannel shirt is a classic look that will never, ever go out of style. These ideas are super cute and I especially love the Christmas ones. Plaid just seems to go with Christmas!

  22. These are all great ideas! I was going to say the table runner was my favorite, then I ran across the iPad cover, the ornaments, and the stockings. Love them all, and I love flannel!

  23. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    Sarah thanks for including my chair cover. Your projects are awesome sauce!!

  24. Thanks for including my pumpkins, Sarah!! Much appreciated 🙂 Hope you’re having a fab summer–

  25. These are so nice! I love to make some in flannel.


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