Everyone has that one t-shirt, right? The one that's mostly holes but you just can't throw it away because your aunt lovingly tie-dyed it for you over a decade ago. With hearts. She tie-dyed hearts. How is that even possible? I don't know what kind of textile voodoo she was harnessing but as far as I'm concerned this dying technique is magic. This shirt is magic and soft and definitely deserves a second life. So, fear not! If you are in the same boat as I, this Instructable provides a means to give your hopeless hippie wear some happy hipster flare!

Step 1: Get Yer Stuff

Sewing Machine

Preferably one with thread in it.

12 inch zipper

Plain. Regular, run-of-the-mill zipper. None of this invisible stuff, that's too hard.

At least a yard of inch wide synthetic belting

More is better in this case, you can always cut it shorter later. I use 38 inches because I like to sling my pack across my back. It makes me look like Laura Croft. Synthetic is important because we use a lighter to melt the edges to keep it from fraying. Cotton belting wont do that, so if you'd rather use cotton you're on your own- you'll have to use glue or something.

A fanny pack buckle

The plastic kind. For fanny packs. And bike helmets... I found this one out of the package so I don't know it's name. It should fit one inch belting.


Totes for sewing. ;)


If you're working with light fabrics use black or whatever really. If working with dark fabrics I recommend silver. So shiny.

Sewing pins

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Or really sharp teeth

Thin-weight iron-on interfacing

I don't actually know how much I used. I have a cheap roll of the stuff that'll last me a life time. A yard will probably be more than enough.

Fabric-y things to upcycle into a new beautiful existence!

Two different fabrics were used here because one of them is outside and one is the lining. The pack will last longer if the liner fabric is something relatively durable- canvas, denim, corduroy, etc. If a t-shirt-like material is used for both the outside and the liner there is a risks of it stretching out to look like a beer belly. At least that was my thought process when I needed an excuse to also use an old pair of ripped-up corduroys in my fanny pack. I love corduroy.

Download the pattern

You have to down load it and open it in something other than the internet so you can print it. It'll take four pieces of paper unless you go somewhere to get it printed. Note- The blue lines are where your seams will be or where things fold over. They're there to help visualize the dimensions of the final bag. Cut out pattern on the black lines. On the flatter of the two shapes the blue line extends to the edge at the top. These are your reference points for your zipper.

<p>Very cool! :) </p>

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