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Topic: Mr. T-Shirt says, "I pity the fool who uses plastic bags!"  (Read 11868 times)
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emmalemma
« on: August 05, 2007 11:08:32 AM »

O MY GOSH!  Martha Stewart totally snagged my idea!  Check it out!
http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=37b1b744dd165110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextchannel=92f9cf380e1dd010VgnVCM1000005b09a00aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&rsc=&lastnavigatedchanne l=92f9cf380e1dd010VgnVCM1000005b09a00aRCRD

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
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jutybo
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007 11:17:38 AM »

That's great!  I love Mr. T, and his words about plastic bags are a riot!!   Wink
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2007 12:23:54 PM »

How fun!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2007 12:32:05 PM »

Mr.T owns. That is awesomeness, plus, who would dare not pay attention to his message? lol
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2007 01:09:05 PM »

Mr T. teaches us to respect our mother, and obviously that is mother earth.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2007 01:17:32 PM »

HA HA HA that is so great! thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2007 02:07:43 PM »

This is the best design I've seen so far -- sturdy, stretchy, and extremely useful for me, because I run a lot of 5Ks and thus end up with a lot of new (frequently ugly) T-shirts. I never can figure out what to do with the old ones, so I usually just cut them up to make shop rags. What a great way to get a little more use out of them before they go into the rag pile!
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2007 06:35:00 PM »

I love how easy this design is! Great job!
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juliasews
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2007 09:52:19 PM »

Brilliant use of a t-shirt!
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2007 05:41:48 AM »

Brilliant use of a t-shirt!

Ditto that!
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2007 06:46:31 AM »

Added story:  my town (Hastings, NE) just won Yahoo!'s Greenest City in America contest, which is a total crock to anyone who actually tries to live a green lifestyle--we don't even recycle glass here!  I took one of my t-shirt bags to a local grocery store, here in yahoo!'s greenest city 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.  Hilarious


That is hilarious!  I wonder how your city won?  Maybe they picked you out of a hat! 

And I really like your bag!  I'm pleasantly surprised it can hold so much weight.
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2007 07:07:57 AM »

You are soooo getting my vote!

Now I'm stuck with the sound of Mr. T saying that line in my head.

And thanks for the tute - I have a feeling a lot of fugly t-shirts are going to be made into bags for holiday presents...
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2007 10:11:04 AM »

Thanks for all the nice comments.  I was going for a simple design that I could make a bunch of quickly.  They do, indeed, hold quite a bit.  In the future I might top stitch the bottom seam one more time for good measure.

As for the yahoo! contest--it was basically vote-based.  Which ever city had the most people log on and answer questions and pledge to do some simple things like switch to compact fluorescents won.  They gave the city $250,000 for green projects--hopefully that will help turn the tide and make us worthy of our greenest city title.  And maybe we'll learn that double bagging plastic inside a reusable bag defeats the purpose.
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2007 10:16:03 AM »

Love Mr T-shirt bag!  Awesomely funny too.  Your story about the grocery checker is too funny, even here on Long Island(land of conspicuous consumerism) people are starting to bring thier own bags.
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2007 10:38:34 PM »

The orange Mr T bag reminds me of Ariel's treasure bag from The Little Mermaid.  Another great thing to do with old tshirts!
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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2007 08:54:39 AM »

Best new use of an old t-shirt I have seen in a LONG time.  Freaking-A, man!
Fan-freaking-tabulous!  You got my vote!

(and now I know what to do with a crapload of t-shirts!)
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« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2007 08:09:50 PM »

thats so cool
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