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« on: February 05, 2010 08:30:43 PM »

This idea isn't nearly as creative as some of the others on this board already, but sometimes the simplest ideas turn out to be the best  Wink !

I present to you, the T-shirt Shopping bag:


You can make this 100% out of materials ANYBODY has, and with a sewing machine you can make one in about five minutes. Basically, use the bottom hem of the T-shirt as the top edge of the bag, and then cut horizontally across the shirt as deep as you'd like. Use the excess fabric from the sleeves and shoulders as a strap, and the collar is cut to form the ties. I boxed the bottom, but it isn't really necessary.

(Moderately full of random things from my apartment  Tongue)

T-shirt fabric is generally super stretchy, but it retains its shape when not fully stretched. Thus, it is the perfect grocery bag, because you can carry a little or a lot with one amazing bag! As an added bonus, you won't need to take a million bags if you make one or two of these. I live alone so I fit 95% of my purchases in this one bag.

If you were wondering, I HATE carrying things around in my hands if not necessary (this is what bags are for!) which is why I made a shoulder strap. I think it would be just as easy to make handles if that is what you prefer. To solve the problem of the strap stretching along with the rest of the bag, I simply lined it with a non-stretchy fabric I had around.

With a bag this easy, there's no excuse not to be GREEN!

(If anyone else has thought of this before, great minds think alike <3 - I didn't see anything similar when I searched, so I just had to share!)

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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2010 06:14:45 AM »

Cute bag! It looks a lot more expensive than a t-shirt bag- great job!
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2010 12:34:18 PM »

Yay! I've always wanted to find a way to make my old tees into bags. Thanks for the inspiration!

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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2010 09:04:06 PM »

That is beautiful - I can't tell it's a tee either!
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2010 08:46:00 AM »

Very nice! I'll have to try this.
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2010 11:16:59 AM »

I'm glad I'm not the only one with a univesal idea (t-shirt bag and jeans bag are both really popular among craftsters I think). But the fabric is gorgeous for a T shirt! I lined my Tshirt bag with woven fabric it to make it sturdier (I usually carry a lot).
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2010 08:41:06 PM »

Looks great, and so easy I may be able to pull it off with my limited sewing skills. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2010 12:21:49 PM »

Love it!!

How did you make the straps so long?  Was it a long sleeved T? 

« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2010 01:24:25 PM »

Thank you for the compliments everyone!

Looks great, and so easy I may be able to pull it off with my limited sewing skills. Smiley
As a matter of fact, I only learned how to machine sew in the last month or so, so I'm sure you could!

And as for this:

Love it!!

How did you make the straps so long?  Was it a long sleeved T? 

It was short sleeved, but since I cut straight across the middle I still had a complete top section, from which I fashioned the straps by piecing strips until it was as long as I wanted. Surprisingly I had a decent amount of fabric left over, and it was only a medium...weird


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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2010 03:03:36 AM »

love it! what a great pattern for a bag.

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