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Topic: Mr. T-Shirt says, "I pity the fool who uses plastic bags!"  (Read 12794 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=&lastnavigatedchannel=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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McJulie-O
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2007 05:41:48 AM »

Brilliant use of a t-shirt!

Ditto that!
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