She Starts Cutting Up This Old T-Shirt. 3 Minutes Later An Unexpected Surprise!

If you hate to throw things out or let them sit around unused then check out this tutorial. The video shows how to re-purpose an old tee-shirt into a handy new bag. The all purpose carry-all is perfect for hauling groceries in or your local farmers market finds and costs absolutely nothing to make.

The tee shirt tote is a clever and handy way to be environmentally conscious and resourceful, while wasting nothing and giving old tee’s a second life. All you have to do is grab a pair of scissors, an old tee shirt, and within a couple of minutes you can make a bag or two to use this weekend.

Start off by laying the tee shirt out flat and cut off the bottom part, right above the seam. Make sure to save the binding piece you just cut off because you will need it later. Fold the tee in half and line up the two shoulder points and sleeves.

Cut off the neck part of the t-shirt and at this point it helps to refer to the video for a better visual of how you want it to look. Then, cut off the sleeves of the shirt, and leave yourself a bit of space away from the shoulder seams if you want deeper handles.

For higher handles you should cut right along the shoulder seam. Now unfold and lay out the shirt, which should resemble a tank top at this point, and turn it inside out. Gather together the bottom edge of the tee and tie it together using the piece of binding you cut off earlier in step one.

It’s important that you make sure to tie it as tightly as possible and wrap the binding around again to double-tie it. Securely knot it off and trim away the excess ends of the tie-binding. Turn the shirt inside out again and now you should have a brand new, re-purposed, tee shirt bag that is ready to use and hold all your stuff in.

Use this basic style of pattern cutting to make all sorts of bags and totes out of old tee shirts. They turn out awesome if you use busier patterns and add on custom touches, like fabric paints, iron on patches, and other attachments.

You can also braid the handles and incorporate different, stronger materials directly into the braids in order to make the handles more heavy duty and stand out. There is just so much more that you can do with this homemade t shirt bag technique, the possibilities seem endless. Check it out and try cutting one up for yourself or a friend and share the eco-friendliness!

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