Friday, July 29, 2011

Up-Cycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

This is a fun craft with instant gratification.

Up-Cycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

Supply List:

Sewing Machine
Decorative Trim (Optional)

Prepare T-shirt:

Step 1:
Turn t-shirt wrong side out and hem bottom with straight stitch about 10-12 stitches per inch near existing t-shirt hem.  Sew an additional row of stitches about 1/8-1/4 from the beginning row to reinforce.

Note: If tank top style t-shirt is use simply turn the shirt right side out and sew optional trim on about 1/2 inch from the bottom edge with a straight stitch.

Step 2:
If sleeved type t-shirt is used, use a dinner plate as a template to draw a semi-circle at the neckline and arm holes.  Cut along the line.  Reinforce the remaining shoulder seams with a double row of stitching.  Back-stitch at the beginning and ending of all seams. Proceed with Step 1.  (The cut out sleeves can be used for a head bands.)


This is a great little bag that can be easily rolled up and carried in a purse for use at the store checkout or market.  I carry mine all the time and have even used it as a wash cloth and even a towel in a pinch.  Can be tossed into the washer with the regular laundry on wash day.  Make a bunch as gifts for friends and save the Planet.


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