Now I know that I am not alone in my inability to sew. I haven’t sewed anything since my Home Ec class in 8th grade, and even that was just a huge drawstring sack, not terribly complicated.
I also know that I am not alone in my hoarding of T-shirts. Some were free, some are sentimental but many no longer fit. I started turning mine into exercise cut-offs but that still isn’t addressing my T-shirt hoarding ways. Until I found this handy tutorial from a blogger called mommypotamus for a 10 minute no sew t-shirt tote bag!
I found this adorable Saint Louis T-shirt on our dollar rack and thought it would make the perfect tote for when I go to the farmers market or when I go to the beach in the summer! Ahh summer…
They are obviously machine washable, which is so important to those accident prone individuals like myself and anyone with children! I brought over my skills from making so many of those felt blankets with the tied edges to help me with this project.
First you collect your numerous supplies. A T-shirt, a pair of scissors, and a pen/marker.
Then you start by cutting off the sleeves of the shirt, I chose to cut past the sleeve seam but whether or not you do so is a judgement call. T-shirts tend to be pretty fray resistant so It’s pretty safe to cut away the seam.
Then you cut out the neck. Now the tutorial I followed said to use a bowl and to mark the outline of where you are going to cut, I choose not to. Again a judgement call. I simply cut along the neck line seam and then made it more oval shaped because I thought it looked better.
Now, you can also make the straps thiner if you want but I decided to leave mine thicker so they would be sturdier.
Now this is where you’ll want to flip your shirt inside out if you haven’t already. And have your marker handy! Determine how deep you want your bag to be and cut off any excess fabric, keeping in mind that you’ll use roughly 1-2 inches to tie up the bottom of your bag. I chose to leave it the length it was and have a bigger bag.
Then you should draw your cut marks for your strips. I marked mine roughly 1 inch wide, and then just start cutting! Make sure you cut the sides of the shirt to make 2 strips.
Once you have them all cut you might want to number the first few so you can get the hang of how to tie them. This part might sound tricky but it really isn’t, I promise!
First you’ll tie both number ones into a knot, then both of the number twos. You’ll notice that you still have a hole between these two ties, this is where you take one number one tie and one number two tie and tie those together to close the gap. Then you tie together both number three ties, and close that gap with one number three tie and the other number two tie.
Then you repeat until all of your strips are tied and all your gaps are closed. I then cut off some of the extra fabric from my strips and flipped the bag right side out!
Voila! I am so happy with how this turned out and cannot wait to use it!
Have any of you made your own t-shirt bag before or have found your own ways to up cycle an old t-shirt? Please comment with your tips and tricks!