Sometimes you have T-shirts that you don't like to wear anymore. I had a few where I didn't like the fit but I still loved the logo, so this project allows me to continue to show them off! I have done both the sew and no sew version of this project with many students at my after school Maker club. It is appropriate for ages 5-14.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
For this project you will need:
No Sew Version:
- Circular item (I used a plate).
- Circular item.
- Sewing Machine (The can be sewn by hand as well, but you must be careful of the strength of your seam. Bag seams take quite a bit of stress.)
Step 2: Cut Off the Sleeves
Cut off your sleeves as close to the seam as you can.
Step 3: Mark the Bag Opening
Fit your circular object around the neck of the t-shirt. Draw around it with the chalk.
Step 4: Cut Your Bag Opening
Cut around your chalk line. You can just wipe off the remnants of the line afterwards.
Step 5: Cut Strips
Turn your shirt inside out. Cut strips through both sides of the bottom of the t-shirt. Ensure that your strips are about 1 cm in width.
Step 6: Tie Knots
Starting at one side, take two groups of strips that are side by side (4 strips). Tie them in a tight knot, and then tie again.Continue this all the way across the bottom of the shirt.
Step 7: Turn Right Side Out
Turn your new totebag right side out and fill it with your favourite things!
Step 8: Turn Inside Out and SEW
For the sewn version I cut off the hem. Turn inside out. Sew straight across the bottom. I do a double seam.
Step 9: After Sewing Turn Right Side Out
Turn your t-shirt right side out and enjoy!
Step 10: Enjoy Your New Totebag!
I love these bags. I love that you can wash them. I love that I am upcycling and enjoying it! My students all love this project as well.