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« on: January 03, 2009 08:21:16 AM »

Finally done!  I made gift bags for my homegirls out of thrift store button-front shirts.  Each one is unique, and they're all fully lined with vintage or other re-purposed fabric to give them strength for a long life of re-use.  They can be reused as re-gift wrap, lunch bag, everyday tote, market bag, etc.  It's going to be hard to part with them, but I saved a shirt to make one for myself ;P haHAR!

Thrifty: Each shirt cost about $2, the lining fabrics all came from my stash, as well as the buttons.
Note: There is a present in each one-- just to clarify that the bag is not the present. Smiley

These are in the order I made them-- they seem to have gotten more structured as I went on...

All my girls:


The Em: lined with my favorite old bedsheet; sleeve as handle, vintage button with elastic loop closure inside. Not my best work-- hard to line up and cut out because the shirt was sewn on the bias. Argh.


The Ell: lined with vintage curtains; sleeves as shoulder strap (broke my needle on that); "untucked" bottom with contrast lining showing.






The Enn: lined with vintage curtains; front placket of shirt became top edge of bag; sleeves were originally going to be side gusset and attach to handle, but I shifted them around to center; vintage button and elastic closure on sleeve cuffs.




The Kay: lined with new, retro pink fabric with kitties (so friggin cute); contrast ruffle; no fancy tricks.


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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009 08:45:19 AM »

The last two are my favorites! I've been going through old clothes to see what I can make purses out of and you've given me more ideas. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009 12:28:24 PM »

I am in love with the first one! I've tried turning old sleeves into handles (and into neck ties, that did not come out nice!) but mine just lost it's sleeve feel and looked plain. I think yours turned out great, you should be proud of it  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009 06:28:49 PM »

today I made my first drawstring bag, well actually first bag ever.  I can't wait to start using old shirts instead of my "good material" We have several second hand stores that I can't wait to go check out.  I loved the last bag by the way!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009 07:35:22 PM »

Those are wonderful!  The last one is my favorite too.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009 08:09:59 PM »

The Enn and the Kay are my favorites.  Really well done and very chic. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2009 07:06:40 AM »

i love the kay bag. a new thrift store open near me i may have to pay it a visit!

great job!
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2009 10:58:42 AM »

Thanks for all the compliments, friends!  I'm glad I've inspired some of you, and I can't say enough about recycling discarded clothing and other textiles, so rock on with that!
I love this concept, it's a really fun way to experiment and practice your skills.  As I was working, each shirt kind of showed me its own personality, and I thought of at least 5 different ways I could have pieced each one together.  Give it a try!
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2009 03:34:46 PM »

I love the one with pockets on the front!  We just did some closet cleaning and filled bags for charity.  I am going to go back through them and look for button down shirts!  Great idea!
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2009 07:56:44 PM »

The last two are my favorite, but these are all great.  I love the fact that you used the sleeve as the handle.  How awesome!  This definately rocks and so far you have my vote!!!!

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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2009 02:38:06 PM »

When will you be making the "jay" bag?   Wink  Great work!
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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2009 03:05:44 PM »

These are great!! I especially love the last one, but I am partial to pink...  Smiley You did a wonderful job!
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2009 05:03:06 AM »

Those are cool.  But I'm pretty sure one of those shirts used to be mine....  :-)
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2009 07:46:32 AM »

I love these.  I made doll dresses out of daddy's shirts for my daughters but I like this even more.  This I will be doing soon.
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« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2009 03:30:20 PM »

These are so cute! Nicely done!
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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2009 03:00:30 PM »

Great use of old clothes.
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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2009 01:52:17 AM »

I love the blue plaid and the last one : )  This rocks!
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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2009 09:28:33 AM »

Those are amazing!!  I have some old Pendleton Shirts that were my Grandpas that I can't bear to part with but I don't know what to do with.  I believe in using and enjoying (not storing away and forgetting) all of my stuff.  I just might turn one into a bag!  I like how they are all different from each other too.  Great job! Grin
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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2009 01:31:33 PM »

I love the sleeves as handles, but my favorite has to be the Kay!  The ruffle makes it!  Nice work!
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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2009 09:48:27 AM »

Niiiice!!..  I love the way they have the sleeves in all unusual places, and the one which is "untucked" is so cute!..   very nice indeed!!.. Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2009 09:42:57 AM »

fab design on the first one!

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« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2009 08:22:38 PM »

The blue plaid bag is cute...
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« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2009 05:50:40 PM »

This is a genius idea! I love them all, but the last two are my favorites. I was wanting to make some fun new bags, but I balk at making pockets. I need at least one easy to find pocket for my athsma rescue inhaler. Using shirts with pockets will take care of that for me. Cool

Awesome way to give gifts too! ::runs off to raid back of closet::
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« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2009 05:45:36 PM »

Those all are very cool!
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« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2009 10:00:38 PM »

Do you think you could make a tut on how to make the gray and pink bag? I think that's soooo cute, and I want to make one for myself. Thanks! Smiley

Also, if you make a tut, would it be for beginners? Or is it beyond beginner?
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