Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How-To Tuesday: T-Shirt Tote Bag

Here is an easy way to make a tote bag from an old T-shirt. This is my first tutorial, so I really hope you like it! :)

What you need:

One T-shirt. needle and thread (or a sewing machine), pins, scissors, chalk (not shown)

Step 1: Turn the shirt inside out and iron it. (not completely necessary. If you're feeling lazy, skip this step.)

Step 2: Pin up the bottom hem of the shirt (with shirt still inside out).

Step 3: Sew the bottom hem of the shirt using a straight stitch. This will go very quickly on a sewing machine, but mine is broken so I did it by hand.

Step 4: Reinforce by doing another straight stitch in the opposite direction.

Step 5: Cut of the sleeves, being careful not to cut the seams.


Step 6: Draw an outline for a wider neckline with chalk. Starting your outline about an inch away from the neckline should be fine.

Step 7: Cut along the chalk outline.

And you're done! Fill your bag with groceries, library books--whatever you want--and  enjoy!

p.s. I reached 100 followers today! And I wanna say thanks to all of my followers. =)
Also, this completes number 85 on my list of 101 Things to do in 1001 Days  
Happy Tuesday everyone! :)


Amy said...

I was your 100th - I felt like sending you a message to tell you as it's exciting! Definately going to try this project later in the week x

Tyler said...

Thanks for being my 100th follower! Can't tell you how exciting it was for me to see triple digits on my blog. Make sure I get to see some pics if you make a bag of your own! :)

Mami Made It said...

Love your tutorial! Well done!

Tyler said...

Thank you!

Rosita said...

great project! :)

Tyler said...

glad you like it! :)

chinarose said...

just made one recently. They're so easy - and addicting!
DIY - recycled, baby!

Tyler said...

Really? I'd love to see a picture of it if you can :)

Tracy said...

I'm going to try this too, but think I'll add interfacing to make it a little sturdier.

Tyler said...

What exactly do you mean by "interfacing"? Lol, sorry I'm really new to sewing.

Rannyjean said...

Very cleaver...I am going to use it as our girl scout project this coming week...for earth week! Thanks for the idea!

Rannyjean said...

Interfacing is a thick paper or thin fabric that has sometimes an adhesive backing on it. You can view the various types at any fabric store and it is used as a stabilizer in sewing or to give things like collars their ability to stand up better!

Tyler said...

ohh, that sounds like an excellent idea!

Yvonne said...

This is really cool. Can I please post this tutorial (photo with a link to your blog) on my craft sharing blog.


Tyler said...

Thanks. By all means, please do!

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