79. Going Green T-Shirt Shopping Bags

Turning an old T-shirt into a reusable shopping or grocery bag is a simple, clever craft to help everyone be "green." It's a Good Thing that will help protect the environment.

    Heavy-weight cotton T-shirt
    Sewing machine
    Medium-size bowl
    Water-erasable marking pen

  1. Turn T-shirt inside out and pin bottom of the T-shirt along the hem. Using a sewing machine, sew bottom of T-shirt closed. Flip shirt right side out and lay flat on table, making sure all seams are lined up.
  2. Place medium-size bowl about half-way over the neck hole. Using a water-erasable marking pen, trace along the edge of the bowl. Cut along the outline, making sure to go through the front and back sides of the shirt, in order to create an opening for the bag that's larger than what the neck hole allows.
  3. Line up the hems on the front and back side of the sleeve and cut, making sure to go through both sides of the shirt. Repeat on the other sleeve. Tip: A jersey shirt would also work well for this craft, as it is already sleeveless, and it's made of a great mesh material.

Resource: Martha Stewart


Gary said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks so much. My wife and I try and make little handmade presents for each other often as just fun things to give to each other. I'll have to try this one for sure! She's all about going green so she'll love this idea of recycling shirts!

Gelia said...

Hi, oh this is so fun idea! I'm a bit doubtful of its resistant, though. I've sewed several grocery totes myself. Actually, I should sew some more. Fabric totes are superb to use.

It's important to make the handles resistant by applying another layer of material to them. Otherwise you'll just end up with a nice tote, but not very practical to use...

When I'll sew one, I plan to put my design up on my http://www.free-homemade-gift-ideas.com/index.html site.

Hmm, this t-shirt idea is so intriguing... it would be fun to try to make the design more complete.

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