I've recently been not bitten, but DEVOURED by the bag/purse-making bug, and our closets have been thoroughly raided as a result. All of my bags are made using a very basic messenger bag pattern with different varying pocket placements. Where the fabric isn't t-shirt, it's either quilting weight cotton fabric, upcycled old jeans, corduroys, or canvas. I like to interface them with fusible fleece, I think it gives them a nice soft weight without being too plush, but still with some strength to them.
I hope these inspire you to go breathe some life into your old shirts and dig out some of your old fabric stash. They've been awesome for me to burn through old supplies that have otherwise been sitting around without any real purpose.
Feel free to ask about any particulars on these projects! I've got a printable template for bags in this style over here in the discussions forum, if you want to plan your own.
I've had this Woot t-shirt for years and needed to turn it into something awesome! I just love how the print on this shirt framed up so perfectly for a bag, and I got to use up a bunch of my "mystical stars" type prints on the inside.
A messenger bag I made using two of my old Jinx! WoW shirts and lots of quilting fabrics. I did a splatter paint technique on the Horde symbol on the end, using a large Horde shaped sticker and then flicked red paint over the top of it.
A small messenger bag/purse I made for a friend using an old Dr. Pepper t-shirt! I loved combining a bunch of fun fabrics with some of her other favorite things, too!
I haven't worn this old Miss Monster shirt in a very long time, and wanted to try out heavyweight fusible interfacing, so I made a messenger bag with some of my surplus fabrics. This ended up not being nearly as tough as I wanted, but I did have the chance to do a zippered divider pocket, which was neat.
I saw this adorable children's dinosaur shirt at the thrift store and knew I had to make a bag out of it! It's absolutely covered in glitter and had such great dinosaurs on it. Also tried out a new shape for the bottom of my messenger bag flaps, I think I like it.
Thanks for looking!