The Lifecycle of a T-shirt

Contributed by Holly Mosher and the Fashion Marketing Innovation students at EMU 


How to use your old clothing to clean up our planet. A lesson on the sustainability of clothing. Always have an adult help when using sharp tools. 



  • Any t-shirt 
  • Glue Gun/Glue Sticks or fabric glue
  • Scissors

Optional items that can be used

  • Buttons
  • Ribbons
  • Rhinestones
  • Patches
  • Discarded clothing 
  • Fabric markers
  • Pearls
  • Ruffles
  • Any other embellishment you have at home 


Cut Away!

Check out this video of examples!



The textile industry went through tremendous changes during the past few years that included changes in technologies, business practices, offshore manufacturing, consumer expectations and globalization of businesses. The ATM program offers career-oriented training in basic textile science and manufacturing, textile and apparel design, as well as apparel manufacturing and merchandising to meet these new challenges in the industry.

Students have access to a wide range of facilities, including the textile laboratory, the apparel studio with computer aided systems, a state-of-the-art computerized cutter, the textile studio, and the costume collection. 

The courses in the program are evaluated constantly to keep students abreast of the advances in the industry. The required core curriculum within the Apparel, Textiles, & Merchandising Program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation consisting of all three areas within the industry: Design, Textiles, and Merchandising. The multitude of electives available in each area, allow students to tailor their experience to meet their personal career interest. Students in the program supplement their math and science courses with business, finance, and language courses for well rounded development.

The department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising and a Ph.D. concentration in Textiles.