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Topic: from TMNT t-shirt to drawstring backpack! **now with tut!!!**  (Read 10507 times)
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« on: August 08, 2009 07:57:26 PM »

now that my partner has received, I can share this awesome bag I made for our swap.



it was originally an XL t-shirt (so that I had plenty of material to work with, and since I can't cut straight lines to save my life, I needed it).  it's made of 3 layers of material mainly because the t-shirt fabric is that amazingly annoying new material that is so light and stretchy that it would never even hold a soft cover book.  I've got a layer from the t-shirt, interfacing that's supposed to be iron-on but doesn't cling to anything, and purple cotton for the inside color (her favorite turtle is Donatello, so I had to use purple since that's the color of his mask).  I even used purple thread.  Cheesy

I want to post a tut for this since I don't see one on here, but I don't have one ready yet.  as soon as I do, I will be sure to add it!

it is now 3:25 am as I start to type this.  I stayed up when I should have gone to bed and made a rough tutorial.

materials that I used:
1 t-shirt
1 yard of heavy purple cotton for the "lining" (had some left over)
1 yard of medium weight interfacing (had some left over)
21/2 yards thick cording
9 inches of bright green nylon webbing (this is the item whose name escapes me in the tut)
purple thread

bear with me, this is my first tutorial.









also, when I added the loop, I did like you see on school backpacks and stitched a square, then an X in the middle.  for durability I guess.

one last step...after putting stuff in it and closing it...ENJOY IT!  show it off to your friends.  be the envy of everyone you see.  Wink

I hope that's clear enough.  if not, MESSAGE ME!  I'd be happy to try and help you figure out what you may be stuck on.  and remember, you can play around with the tut as needed.  like, if you have a shirt like the one I used in the tut where the picture would be totally lost in the final scrunching, you can add fabric to the top to make it longer.  or you can make the whole thing shorter and have a square pack.  or add to the side and have a wider one.  do what you need to do to make it work for you.  and remember...HAVE FUN!

and don't forget, if anyone makes one of their own, link it here so we can all see the awesomeness of what you created.

and it is now 3:46 am as I hit post.  I'm going to bed now.
« Last Edit: August 09, 2009 12:46:58 AM by Krafty_Karasu - Reason: added tutorial » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009 08:21:00 PM »

aweeesome ^^
i would love a tutorial
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2009 08:56:25 PM »

Yay Ninja Turtles! Thanks for another great idea for upcycling old t-shirts. I have a stack awaiting transformation and now thee are more options! <3
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2009 09:06:02 PM »

Very cute. I actually grabbed a transformers tee from the little boys section at Walmart so I could do something similar. Now I am encouraged to quit being lazy and actually do it.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2009 09:30:47 PM »

lol.  thank you all!  I too have a ton of shirts I don't wear anymore and want to turn into more backpacks like this.

I will get that tutorial out as soon as I can.

this was actually inspired by a similar bag my family and I each got when we went to the Old Town Art Fair in Chicago, Illinois a few months ago.  unfortunately, my parents and I all forgot them at my aunt and uncle's house so I had to do this from memory.  I think it turned out pretty well for not having the "original" in front of me.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2009 10:03:34 PM »

Love it and can't wait for tut! Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2009 06:41:44 AM »

Thanks for making that tut.  It's really well done.

What a great way to use old but still loved t-shirts.
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2009 10:36:39 AM »

thanks.  Smiley

and in truth, it was a new shirt.  Undecided  I don't own any TMNT shirts, but I did get this one for cheap (buy one, get one 50% off).  so I only paid like $7.50 for it.  I do have a couple of Harry Potter house t-shirts that somehow shrunk into belly shirts (yuck) that I plan on turning into backpacks too.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2009 11:08:59 AM »

thanks.  Smiley

and in truth, it was a new shirt.  Undecided  I don't own any TMNT shirts, but I did get this one for cheap (buy one, get one 50% off).  so I only paid like $7.50 for it.  I do have a couple of Harry Potter house t-shirts that somehow shrunk into belly shirts (yuck) that I plan on turning into backpacks too.  Smiley

Okay this project officially deserves a Nobel Fashion Prize... saving the world from belly shirts one bag at a time  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2009 11:30:40 AM »

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2009 03:10:41 AM »

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Okay this project officially deserves a Nobel Fashion Prize... saving the world from belly shirts one bag at a time
Hahaha! Amen to that.

The bag is amazing  - I have a giant teeshirt that was waiting to be turned into a hoody, but now I think it's found its true calling Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2010 10:36:43 PM »

Gotta love this...TMNT!!!
Great work and thanks for the tute too!
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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2010 06:05:02 AM »

This is too cute, I was just going through old clothes trying figure out a way to salvage ones that do not fit anymore.  GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2011 09:27:23 AM »

This is my very first post and I'm excited about it! Greatly appreciate the tutorial. I have a cool tshirt that I want to turn into a book/everything bag. I'm not going to make it a backpack, but your basic instructions are very helpful and I'm going to follow them and just add handles.
Hopefully this will work! It's going to be my "breaking-in" project for my first sewing machine that I got this Christmas!
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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2011 04:59:35 PM »

glad I could help inspire you!  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2011 01:33:58 PM »

this is such a good idea, my son has a few t shirts that he is growing out of that he can't bear to give away but I might be able to persuade him to let me recycle them into bags for his books & toys when he goes to the childminder!

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« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2011 01:39:30 PM »

great idea!  so happy I could help inspire people.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2011 09:31:08 AM »

this is such a good idea, my son has a few t shirts that he is growing out of that he can't bear to give away but I might be able to persuade him to let me recycle them into bags for his books & toys when he goes to the childminder!

I have the same problem, some of the shirts are just too dang cute to part with.  I've been saving them in hopes to someday make him a t-shirt quilt.  @Krafty_Karasu, I've had this post bookmarked forever in hopes to someday give it a try!!!
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« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2011 05:55:46 PM »

@Krafty_Karasu, I've had this post bookmarked forever in hopes to someday give it a try!!! [/size][/font]

if you do, please share it with us!!  Grin
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