Tuesday, 30 July 2013

... and a T-Shirt Beach Bag

A girl can never have too many bags right?! So when I saw this great tutorial by Delia Creates to upcycle a T-Shirt into a bag, I definitely had to give it a go!

Materials
  • Old T-Shirt
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Sewing materials
First you need to find an old or unwanted T-shirt - this is one I'd already chopped the sleeve off to use the fabric for another project!
Next turn your T-shirt inside out and fold in half. Mark out and cut a bag shape.
Open out, pin and sew all the way around the edge with a seam allowance. I found this a bit tricky as the T-shirt material I used was quite stretchy. However, it won't show on the outside of the bag, so there's room for a bit of error!
Still with your T-shirt inside out, cut some slits through both layers. I chose to do horizontal cuts of approx 2 cm with a rotary cutter, with a gap of 3 cm between each line.
You will need to stop cutting your slits approx 10cm from the top so that you can shape the top of the bag and cut a handle.
Turn it back out, give it a good stretch and there you have a finished bag!
I think it would make a great lightweight bag to take on holiday to the beach. Although, mine came in very handy for a trip to the less exotic location of the local park!!
There are loads of variations you could make using different colours, sizes and styles of T-shirt and of course are easily washable. What would you use yours for?!



12th Aug 13: Update: this post was featured here by Love 2 Upcycle

14th Aug 2013: Update - this post was featured here by Two Girls and a Party

31 comments:

  1. I love this idea! How cool is that. We will definitely be giving this a go.

    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I will never throw away a T-shirt again! Would love to hear how you get on:) x

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  2. Great project I will have to dig out an old t-shirt and give it a go.

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    1. Thanks! I think it's a good way to give an old T-shirt a new life :) x

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  3. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. What a great idea to use up a no longer wanted t shirt.
    Ali x

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  4. A really nice idea for an old T-shirt, I might have to make a miniature version using one of my daughter's old shirts.

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    1. Great idea to make a miniature version! Would love to hear how you get on 😊 x

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  5. This is very clever! Thanks for showing me how to do this.

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  6. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I make some VERY similar a while back out of the bottom part of jersey pajama bottoms...I use mine as a produce bag so I don't have all those plastic bags that I am throwing away! Thanks for sharing on the Upcycled Linky Party at http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/2013/08/upcycled-linky-party-19.html

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    1. Great idea to use jersey material & use as a produce bag. Thanks for hosting a great linky ! x

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  8. so super cute love that you made it I think maybe I will try to make one as well
    come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Angie, would love to hear how you get on 😊 x

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  9. A late visitor from Handmade Monday - great bag! Jo x

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  10. What a nifty idea! Thanks for sharing it in our Bag Brag Tuesday linking party! :)
    Christine
    ChrisW Designs

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    1. Thanks Christine. Love your linky party! x

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  11. I still can't believe this adorable bag use to be a shirt! I love it! Thanks for linking it up to Thrifty Thursday!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! Always enjoy visiting your great linky party x

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  12. What a fab tutorial :-) Love how the bag turned out! Simmi x

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    1. Thanks Simmi, I was nicely surprised at how well it turned out!! x

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  13. This is so cute! Reminds me of the 80's! I saw this on Love 2 Upcycle! I was featured below you. I'd love for you to stop by! :) I also saw you did a fused plastic project. I really like your pencil case! I had some fun with this too, but would like to try again. :)

    Have a great week!
    Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner

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    1. Thanks Gina! I love your Upholstery Swatch Bag - such a creative idea! Fusing plastic is great fun isn't it 😊 x

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  14. This is so clever! Thanks for linking it up to All Things Thursday Blog Hop! Hope you'll be back tomorrow to link up more great projects!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. Thanks Nici! We shall def be back tomorrow to visit your great blog hop! x

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  15. Thanks for linking it! I love this beach bag created with an old T-shirt! I am excited to give this a shot soon.

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