In this Instructable I describe the process I used to convert a tee shirt and a neck gaiter I received from running races into reusable, washable bulk grocery bags. They are simple bags that have paracord as a drawstring. I use them to bring home rice, beans and other bulk items from the market. I store the items in mason jars.
This was the first time I ever used a sewing machine, and believe me if I can do it, anyone can do it.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- Racing Tee Shirt
- Neck Gaiter
- Small diameter paracord (a shoelace will also do as will any type of cordage)
- For this project I ordered a sewing machine on Amazon. It was the https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073VL6347/ref=... Haitral Portable Sewing Machine for 17.99.
- Straight Pins
- Safety pin
Step 2: From Tee to Bag
- I turned the shirt inside out so that the seam would look finish when I turned it back out
- I used pins to mark where I wanted the bottom of the bag to be
- I sewed back and forth on the bottom
- I cut the excess material away
- I used pins to mark the limits of the sides and made a seam and cut the sleeves away.
- I cut straight across the top
- I folded the top down to form a tunnel, pinned it and sewed across it twice.
- I cut a small hole and passed the paracord thru it
- I melted the ends of the paracord and tied a knot.
Step 3: Similar Process for the Gaiter
The neck gaiter bag was even easier because it was already a tube. It was a matter of closing the ends and making a pass-thru for the drawstring.