O MY GOSH! Martha Stewart totally snagged my idea! Check it out!
I reconned my Mr. T t-shirt. He says, "I pity the fool who uses plastic bags." It is shown holding a big can of oatmeal, a bag of onions and four sweet potatoes.
I wanted something that was roughly the size and shape of a plastic shopping bag, but I also wanted simple, fast & easy.
Here's how I did it: I cut off the sleeves and a few inches from the bottom and made the neck hole an inch wider all around.
I turned it inside out, folded the bottom like so...
...pinned and sewed with a zig-zag stitch and a 1-inch seam allowence. I turned the shoulders into handles by tri-folding them like a business letter and sewing them crosswise four seams at one-inch intervals (two on either side of original shoulder seam) to hold the fold and reinforce.
When I turned it right side out, I top stitched the bottom seam to reinforce. Voila!
This one is shown holding a melon and a gallon of milk.
Thanks for looking!
Added story: I took one of my t-shirt bags to a local grocery store, here in "yahoo!'s greenest city in America" and my checker eyed me very suspiciously and then suggested she put my purchase in a plastic bag and THEN put the PLASTIC bag INSIDE the reusable bag. Sadly hilarious