Recycle an Old T-Shirt Into a Produce Grocery Bag (DIY Tutorial)

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STEP ONE

Take an old T-shirt and turn it inside out. Draw a bag shape you like. (You can make it as small or large as you want.)

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STEP TWO

Cut through both layers so you have two identical pieces. You can leave the shirt’s hem intact or snip it off.

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STEP THREE

Stitch the two pieces together all the way around, leaving the bag’s opening untouched.

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STEP FOUR

To prevent fraying, either serge or apply a narrow zigzag stitch to the edge.

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16 Responses to “Recycle an Old T-Shirt Into a Produce Grocery Bag (DIY Tutorial)”

  1. abonadea says:

    too cool! re-use is the best, recycle is next

  2. soulrole says:

    love this!so innovative and fun!

  3. Gnosis says:

    Recalls to me an kirigami cut I learned when younger. Okay, I googled and found this live example:
    http://www.origami-resource-center.com/kirigami-decoration.html

  4. BumbleSweetDesigns says:

    Just tried this – turned out great despite the tshirt I used being crappy and somehow uneven even before I cut into it! Thanks for the great tutorial and lovely pictures!

  5. Leona Hedrick Friedley says:

    O M Gosh! I have to DO this! AND pass it on to people I know who really have the creative ability to make some wonderful reusuable T-shirt bags!!! Thanks for sharing …I’ll post it on my website at http://www.freewebs.com/onewildworld…the site is an inspirational link to bring attention to People (Like YOU) making a difference for the bestter quality of life on our blue planet OCEAN!

    We ALL have ONLY O.N.E* ~ Ocean, Nature, Environment …lets keep on working on innovative and imagination and great things (like reusable and recyclable materials) to help improve our world O.N.E. Day at a Time, EVERYDAY!!!
    THANK YOU for Caring too!
    Yours Sincerely,
    Leona Hedrick Friedley and Family
    O.N.E.W.I.L.D.W.O.R.L.D. ~ Oceans, Nature, Environ, Wildlife, Indian River Lagoon (Estuary of National importance) Dolphins, (clean) WATER and ALL resources that connect us to our very healthy , quality of LIFE on the Blue Planet we call Earth/Ocean!

  6. kathleen fasanella says:

    Just goes to show it doesn’t pay to be too far ahead of the crowd. The concept of shopping bags made from old tees was invented by a fourth grade boy -four years ago, in 2007. http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/reusable_bag_contest_1/

    His mom (Abigail Vargas) was reluctant to enter the reusable bag contest with his idea (she won) because they thought the idea was “too corny”. Poor kid. Of course today you see it everywhere with no provenance given.

  7. ecoology says:

    Love the idea! Thanks!

  8. thescrat says:

    If you liked the T then why not make it into a bag? Reduce the waste and reuse the item for something else.

  9. navelring7 says:

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!!! Love this idea!!!!

  10. tyraghislain says:

    this looks so damn amazing and so fun to make !!!i love bags and alot of my old t-shirts ,so y not make these cute veggie bags !!!a great idea for gifts when u are in a hurry or a bit of a jam

  11. danni says:

    Love it! Old tshirts meet farmers market!

  12. makellyg51 says:

    This is really cute and a great way to recycle without causing more harm to out environment. When we clean out the dressers I’ll be making some. What a good reason to drag out my sewing machine…lol

  13. slimginnn says:

    Any ideas to make a handle on this bag other than a draw string through the hem? I would like a little something more substantial.

  14. ndee says:

    I just left a little extra at the top and cut through both layers making a small semi-circle in the top center. Voila no extra supplies needed. Btw I hand stitched mine.

  15. cake says:

    please beware! don’t cut too big…small things will fall…

  16. cherryberry says:

    @slimginnn, you could double up the bag i.e. make a bag with two shirts to make it more sturdy. Make decorative slits in one shirt, the other (contrasting color??) can be left uncut. And you could use leftover T shirt neckline to reinforce the handles.

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