If you’re one of those people, like me, who tends to keep your t-shirts until they are borderline gross, then I have some good news for you. Today, we’re going to be giving new life to those t-shirts by turning them into reusable produce bags. This is a very simple DIY, and I’m really excited to show you how it’s done. So let’s get into our no-sew t-shirt bag tutorial.
No-Sew T-Shirt Bag Tutorial
Tools and materials:
- Old t-shirt
- Rotary cutter
This is the t-shirt I’m going to be working with. As you can see, the armpits are irreparably stained. So we’re going to just get rid of the gross parts, and keep the parts that are still useful.
The first thing I did to make this simple t-shirt bag is to cut off the sleeves with a rotary cutter.
I used the first sleeve I cut off as a guide for where to cut off the second sleeve, so everything would be even.
Next, I used the rotary cutter to cut lots of 1-inch slits, evenly spaced about 2 inches apart, in the body of the bag. For some reason, I separated the front fabric from the back fabric when I cut the slits, but don’t do that! If you just cut through both layers of fabric at the same time, this step will take you half the time it took me to do. Leave about 6 inches of uncut fabric at the bottom of the t-shirt.
Once the slits were done, I cut off the hem of the shirt. Then, I used the rotary cutter to cut strips all along the bottom edge of the shirt. You can make these as long as you want, but I wouldn’t make them much shorter than 4 inches, otherwise, they will be difficult to tie.
I tied the tassels opposite each other on the front and back of the shirt together, until the entire bottom edge was tied closed. Tie each set of tassels with at least two knots. If you want the tassels on the outside of your bag, keep your shirt right side out when you tie the knots. If you want the knots on the inside, turn your shirt inside out before tying the knots.
Then I just cut off the collar with the rotary cutter, so the front and back would be the same, and it would look more like a bag and less like a t-shirt.
And that’s it! You’ve got yourself a cute little bag now.
What do you think of this DIY t-shirt bag? If you use this tutorial to make your own t-shirt produce bag, I’d love to see the results.
- Rotary cutter
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Jane on Jun 12, 2021
That is a GREAT idea!!
I will check tomorrow through some t-shirts for some that are not too damaged. (The people in my household tend to wear their t-shirts to shreds, stained or not.)
But just so you know ... those armpits might not be "irreparably stained".
Wet the underarm part and rub in some toothpaste on the stain. Then wash as normal in the washing machine.
It works like magic!!
(Mind you, if it is really a bad sweat stain you might have to do this twice - both the toothpaste and the washing.)