Sunday, July 28, 2013

T Shirt Shopping Bag

We are trying SO HARD to remember to bring our own shopping bags into the store with us.  We needed a few more, though, and wanted ones that would fold up small to minimize the space they take up when empty.  I took a T-shirt out of the "to donate" bag and turned it into a nice tote.

Warning:  This is a sewing project.  I don't sew well.  I don't measure.  I rarely use the proper stitches.  I don't use a pattern.  I cut too much and have second thoughts.  If watching me do this will give you an ulcer or cause chest pains, stop reading.   My mother tried to teach me right but I refused to listen. 

If you have the stomach for it, read on.

Here's what it looked like before I started:

I cut off the top, right under the arms.


Flip inside out and sew up the cut end.

The hem of your shirt is now the top of your bag.

I like to add a gusset.  It's not necessary but I like them!
Match your bottom seam with your side seam and sew across the triangle on each side.

You have gussets!

It needs a few handles. . .

I cut off the sleeves.  This was a 1/2 sleeved shirt so the sleeves were a bit longer.


Flip one of the sleeves inside out and put it over the other sleeve, right sides together.  Sew up that seam.


Turn it right-side-out.

Cut it length wise into two pieces.  You should have two long pieces with the two ends finished.

Fold right sides together and sew into tubes.

Flip right-side-out and pin them on to the bag where you want the handles.

Sew then down.  I decided to have the handles on each side.



It's lightweight and doesn't take up much space.  It's not pretty but it is functional.

If I do it again:

I'd make longer handles.  I like these handles but it won't go over my shoulder so this is strictly a grocery tote.



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