I am putting this in the mother's day sewing contest. This little bag would make a nice gift wrap for a piece of jewelry, or perhaps a small box of candy, etc. for Mothers day. I might not make it in black, though. :) One of my friends suggested that you could also make sachets out of them. If you make it a little longer, then sew shut the cuff, hem, and put the drawstring at the top, I think it would make a nice bottle cover/ wine bag for gift giving.
Step 1: Shirt Reducing
Remove the sleeves of the shirt you want to use. Cut the sleeve off at the length that you want your bag to be, plus your seam allowance, and sew the bottom shut. If you want to use a sleeve with a cuff, you could, I would just sew the cuff shut first, before making it into a bag. (Sorry some of these pictures aren't the best, I was consumed with craft mania, and got in a hurry to finish. Also it is kind of hard to take pictures of black velvet. ) :)
Step 2: Cord Re-using
Step 3: Extra Recycling.
They didn't do any embossing with wire ( I don't think), so I did mine with a little piece of twisted wire I had laying around for an experiment to see if it would work. I stuck my wire twist onto a book with a little scrapbooking tape square because I was in a hurry (and wanted to do it "Right Now", instead of finding a board,- and gluing the wire on with epoxy,- and waiting for it to dry....- ) And I put the book inside of the bag, and ironed it on. Mine turned out kind of subtle, but I liked it. Honestly, I can't remember if I dampened my velvet or not, so that might have been the problem.
So there you have it! Now you can have a nice little bag for your mother's gift for mother's day!