Picture of T-shirt tote bag
Do you have an old t-shirt you don't know what to do with but are tired of making new shirts out of old ones? Try making this tote bag... it even has pockets!

Step 1: Materials needed

You will need:

- one old t-shirt, preferably with a design you like
- a sewing machine
- scissors
- velcro, snaps, or other fastener of your choice
SageMinto4 years ago
I am trying this project as I type. Very easy!
I can't wait to see how it turns out! Although I am a bit torn on whether or not it should be a messenger bag or a regular one.
Thanks for posting this!
Any Ideas on how I could make this a messanger bag?
chuCraft (author)  JenniferDodge5 years ago
You could attach a shoulder strap further down the bag, letting the top flop over and have a messenger-shaped bag of adjustable size. I'm sure there are some other ways to do it, but that was the first thing that came to mind.
joeyms6 years ago
I really didn't figure out the flap part, but it is a cute bag anyways. Thanks for the project.
ccherry6 years ago
I need a simple project my girl scouts can make for holiday presents- I think i just found it- thanks
Thank you, ccherry, for the Girl Scout reference! That's what made this site come up while I searched for GS-themed bags for my troop. We were just about to start our sewing badge - We're definitely going to do this! It's so simple and helps re-enforce the concept of reuse/recycle.
The ones our girls did were a hit- I would show everyone a pic but they are busy being used by five different families.
halfpuppy6 years ago
Great project. My 10 year old son wanted a bag for a school outing, so we scaled this one back a little bit (no Velcro), he did the whole thing himself on the sewing machine in about 15 minutes. I especially love the sleeve side pockets. Thanks!
chuCraft (author)  halfpuppy6 years ago
It's always great to hear about this project being put to good use. I'm glad you and your son liked it!
Dalya7 years ago
Agh! I really want to try this out. I have a crappy 29.99 sewing machine :D I have tons of shirts in my room, most of them are with cute designs. I love your instructable! Awesome pics!
chuCraft (author)  Dalya7 years ago
Thanks! This project was inspired by the enormous amount of t-shirts just lying around my house that I didn't particularly want to get rid of.
scottamus8 years ago
That's a great idea, thanks.
That looks like a fun project, and just in time for Earth Day too. Thanks.