Introduction: Upcycled T-shirt Grocery Bag

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Did you know the amount of plastic bags used each year can encircle the world 7 times?

One action you can take to reduce the amount of plastic bag waste is to create a reusable grocery bag out of a t-shirt. Follow the steps below and do your part to help create a more sustainable future.


  • T-shirt
  • Pair of Scissors
  • A Marker
  • A Ruler

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

You will need fabric scissors, a ruler, a marker, and a t-shirt. (The heavier the material, the stronger the bag will be).

Step 2: Remove Sleeves

Turn your shirt inside out. Take your marker and draw two lines to remove your sleeves.Then grab your scissors to cut off the sleeves. This will become the handles of the bag.

Step 3: Cut Neckline

Grab your marker again and draw a line to trim your neckline. Then use your scissors to remove the neckline area. This will become the opening of your bag.

Step 4: Determine the Size of Your Bag

Determine where you want the bottom of the bag. Since all shirt sizes are different, it will be up to you to determine how deep you want your bag. Keep in mind. The closer the line is to the trimmed neck line, the smaller the bag will be. You want to make sure you measure and then use the ruler to draw a line across. Note: DO NOT CUT THIS LINE.

Step 5: Create Fringe

Cut 3/4 to 1 inch slits from the bottom of the t-shirt up to the line you just drew. You’ll want to cut both front and back layer together so that they match for the next step.

Step 6: Tie Knots

Take the first pair of fringe and tie together. Be sure to tie double knots. Do this with the remaining pairs of fringe. Then to prevent holes in the bottom of your bag, go back through and tie one strand from each fringe pair to the strand on its right. Continue to do this till all pairs are tied.

Step 7: Use Bag

Now turn your t-shirt right side out and use it in place of a plastic bag!