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Here's a way to turn your t-shirts into a cute two-tone drawstring backpack- or, since it's function-reversible, a drawstring pouch!

All you need is two t-shirts (and cutting/sewing supplies).
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Step 1: Cut out rectangles

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Cut rectangles out of your two shirts- two identical rectangles per shirt.

The dimensions between the two shirts' rectangles should be the same on three sides, but the rectangles from one of the shirts should be a little taller (my gray one was about an inch taller).

The taller fabric, which I will henceforth refer to as the gray fabric, will be the outside for the drawstring pouch.
The shorter fabric, which I will henceforth refer to as the red fabric, will be the outside for the backpack.

Step 2: Cut strings

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Cut eight 1" wide loops from the bottom of the gray shirt and four 1" stripes from the bottom of the red shirt.
You will be turning these into your strings/backpack straps.

Divide each color type in half- the six cut stripes below all belong to one strap.
Cut the loops on one side to make them long strips.
Sew the ends together such that you'll end up with one red and two gray equally really long strips per strap.
Braid straps.
Sew across the ends of the braids; cut loose ends.

Step 3: Sew rectangles

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Right sides together, sew three sides of the rectangles.

BUT WAIT! Leave a gap on each one:
Red fabric: leave a little (1"?) gap at the bottom corners of the bag.
Gray fabric: Remember how this was taller than the red one? Leave the bit that's taller unsewn at the top of the bag.

Step 4: Put it together

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Turn the red bag right side out. Insert the (still inside-out) gray bag in.
Roll the unsewn part of the gray bag over the top.
Sew along both sides, but leave both of the ends open (see pictures).

Nice! A great idea to reuse old t shirts!
ella8682 years ago
Do I have to leave two holes at the top for the cords to come out?
SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  ella8682 years ago
I'm not sure which two holes you mean, but I think the clearest picture of what you're asking is shown in the second picture of Step 4.
I love this! :) Going to make one as soon as I can. These would be awesome Christmas gifts.
rrkrose3 years ago
Wow this is awesome! I will have to make one.
rrkrose3 years ago
Wow this is awesome! I will have to make one.
shazni3 years ago
love this! but gosh what a lot of t-shirts are getting cut up! i only have baby t's that can get cut up...if i cut up what i see(my hubby's...i'll have war at home!)
SelkeyMoonbeam (author)  shazni3 years ago
You can get t-shirts sooo cheap from thrift stores! And if you're willing to ask your friends for their clothing discards, you can get a lot of old shirts that way too.

(Also, don't tell anyone, but you can do the same 'ible with regular fabric.)
this is awesome