This cute little backpack is the just the right size for cell phone, keys, sunscreen and a water bottle, perfect for a day hiking or at the beach. And all you need is an old t-shirt!
Step 1: Collect materials
For this project, you will need:
-sewing machine or needle and thread
Step 2: Cut up the shirt
First, cut off the sleeves off, then cut horizontally across the top of the shirt, just under the collar. Cut off about the bottom third of the rectangle forming two rectangles, one larger and one smaller. Then cut the sides of the bigger rectangle even with the holes left by the sleeves so you have a rectangle and not a weird shape. Cut the seam off the bottom of the smaller rectangle, then cut the smaller rectangle into 4 strips. the strips will eventually become the straps of the backpack.
Step 3: Sew Straps
After cutting up the shirt, you should have 4 big strips from the bottom of the shirt which are actually loops. Cut each loop in half so you now have 4 long strips. Sew two of them together so you now have 2 really long strips. Fold each strip in half lengthwise and stitch the entire length down (see the 5th picture). This will keep the straps from stretching out when you put things in the backpack.
Step 4: Sew the bag together
Put the right sides (front) of the larger rectangle together so when you sew the bag it will be inside out. Pin and sew the sides together but make sure to leave about 1.5 to 2 inches at the top. I used a seam allowance of 5/8 inch but for this project it is not super important. Open the seams and sew it down flat. Remember to sew the seam down all the way to the top even though the last 2 inches are not sewn together.