Got an old t-shirt you don't want to throw away, and don't want to make into a dress? How about making it into a tote for yourself or someone else?
Materials you'll need:
- The old t-shirt (needs to be heavy weight cotton)
- Medium-sized bowl or plate
- Chalk pencil or fabric pen
- A threaded sewing machine
Turn T-shirt inside out and pin the bottom of the T-shirt along the hem. Sew bottom of T-shirt closed. Flip shirt right side out and lay flat on table, making sure all seams are lined up.
Place medium-sized bowl or plate upside down about half-way over the neck hole. Using a water-erasable marking pen, trace along the edge of the bowl. Cut along the outline, making sure to go through the front and back sides of the shirt, in order to create an opening for the bag that's larger than the original neck hole.
Line up the hems on the front and back side of either sleeve and cut, making sure to go through both sides of the shirt. Repeat on the other sleeve. If you're like, you can make a small rolled hem of this (which is now the bag handles). Otherwise, the material will curl inward a bit, but it shouldn't affect the integrity of the fabric.
You're done! Don't put rocks in this one, but DO use it for groceries, beach bags, sports bags, etc. Note that the bottom will not be squared-off, like a paper grocery bag is, so it won't stand up on its own.
Now go make some bags!