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!
- 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
I love this idea! How cool is that. We will definitely be giving this a go.ReplyDelete
Thank you! I will never throw away a T-shirt again! Would love to hear how you get on:) xDelete
Great project I will have to dig out an old t-shirt and give it a go.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I think it's a good way to give an old T-shirt a new life :) xDelete
Thanks for sharing this tutorial. What a great idea to use up a no longer wanted t shirt.ReplyDelete
Thanks Ali! xDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Great idea to make a miniature version! Would love to hear how you get on 😊 xDelete
This is very clever! Thanks for showing me how to do this.ReplyDelete
Thanks Diana! xDelete
Great idea. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
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.htmlReplyDelete
Great idea to use jersey material & use as a produce bag. Thanks for hosting a great linky ! xDelete
so super cute love that you made it I think maybe I will try to make one as wellReplyDelete
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Thanks Angie, would love to hear how you get on 😊 xDelete
A late visitor from Handmade Monday - great bag! Jo xReplyDelete
Thanks and welcome Jo! xDelete
What a nifty idea! Thanks for sharing it in our Bag Brag Tuesday linking party! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Christine. Love your linky party! xDelete
Wow this is wonderful and so useful! :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks Crystal! xDelete
I still can't believe this adorable bag use to be a shirt! I love it! Thanks for linking it up to Thrifty Thursday!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ruth! Always enjoy visiting your great linky party xDelete
What a fab tutorial :-) Love how the bag turned out! Simmi xReplyDelete
Thanks Simmi, I was nicely surprised at how well it turned out!! xDelete
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. :)ReplyDelete
Have a great week!
Gina @ Gina's Craft Corner
Thanks Gina! I love your Upholstery Swatch Bag - such a creative idea! Fusing plastic is great fun isn't it 😊 xDelete
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!ReplyDelete
Thanks Nici! We shall def be back tomorrow to visit your great blog hop! xDelete
Thanks for linking it! I love this beach bag created with an old T-shirt! I am excited to give this a shot soon.ReplyDelete