Recently we had the opportunity to give a gift to a friend leaving the USA for a year to live as a missionary in Nicaragua. We wanted it to be something she could use right away & wouldn’t have to store. A trip to Whole Foods provided everything we needed. We found a variety of useful items & healthy snacks she could use on the plane. Next was finding the right gift bag that was useful even after the contents were gone. We decided to transform a t-shirt that was meaningful to her & make it into a bag.
- T-shirt, we used an adult Small
- Sewing machine, thread
- Ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat
Step 1: Lay the T-shirt on the Cutting Mat With the Bottom Edges Lined Up on One of the Horizontal Line
Use the ruler and rotary cutter to cut off 1" from the bottom, discard this piece
Step 2: Cut Off Another 1", Save for Later Use
Step 3: Smooth Out the Sleeve and Cut Them, Discard
Step 4: Fold the T-shirt in Half With the Seam Even
Sketch a cutting line from about one inch or so from the neck binding to about four inches from the center of the neck binding, cut & discard piece.
Step 5: Turn T-shirt Inside Out
Lay t-shirt flat with bottom edges even, pin or clip edges, stitch a 5/8” seam
Step 6: Press the Side Seam to Form a Crease
Step 7: To Form the Boxed Bottom, Line Up the Stitched Seam With the Side Seam Crease & Flatten So That You Have Formed a Triangle, Press & Pin
Step 8: Use the Ruler to Draw a Four Inch Stitching Line Across the Triangle, Stitch on This Line
Repeat with the other side