Reduce and Reuse in One: T-shirt





Introduction: Reduce and Reuse in One: T-shirt

Today we will be making a reusable bag from a old t-shirt. It is a fairly simple process. It's sew or no-sew depending on your preference. Now lets get started.

This is my first instructable, so please leave constructive critisism only. Be nice.

Step 1: Materials

You won't need a lot of materials for this task. Here is what you need:
Old T-shirt
Tape: no sew
Sewing machine or needle: sew
Sewing thread: sew

Step 2: Cutting

You will first need to cut off the sleeves. It is very simple, but if you have to, refer to the picture below. Cut on the dotted line.

Step 3: Sew

If you choose No-sew, then skip this tep

First turn the t-shirt inside out. Then just sew one along the bottom of the shirt. Again you can refer to the drawing for help. You are now done. You have a nice reusable bag that you can decorated.

Step 4: No-Sew

For all you no-sews, take out your duct tape. You will have to turn you t-shirt inside out. Then, tape up the bottom of your t-shirt. As always, you can refer to the picture for help. You now have a great, no-sew reusable bag. Decorate it.

Note: I did not use duct tape for the pictures.

Step 5: Pictures

Here are some pictures that other members made. Thanks to inkblotqueen for the photos.



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    I've fixed things

    ^Needs to be stickied ASAP

    You put it in through the neckhole

    Hey, I just made this out of a t-shirt and can give you a "real" photo of the end result if you like, to make your instructable better. :]

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    Sure! Can you reply to this comment with the picture. It will be greatly appreciated.

    Here you go :] I took a couple from different angles so you can choose the one which looks best to you.



    I agree. (both with you and EIR)

    I'm working on it. I will also add another instructable on how to decorate these bags with a couple of different methods.

    How about starting with a Tank top instead, save even another step??? Great idea, I love it!

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    That would work. Good idea!

    What if you were to leave the bottom of the shirt open and close up the sleeves and head hole. This would leave you with a bigger opening so you can carry BIGGER things!

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    I thought about that but figured that this is an easier solution due to the fact that 1) there would be no handles 2) more sewing is involved 3) the bag would be in a very odd shape and 4) it is just easier. I'm still working on this project and will be updating this project if I feel I can make it better.

    Wonderful first time instructable. One thought... adding one picture of a finished product would "sell" your great idea a little better. BTW, Joe's comment is sheer brilliance. This could be used to get all sorts of stuff off of the floor of one's closet. (Not that I have anything on my Again.....good job.

    Reply to BigCoCo well if you did that there wouldn't be any handles