Make instant Bags from old T-shirts and knit tops : 2 easy ways

An old tshirt can be turned into so many things if you employ some ingenuity and some sewing skills. A bag is one the easiest things you can make with the fabric of your t-shirt or even an old knit top. A few seams sewn and you have an instant bag.

I concede that these bags are not couture stuff, but they make simple lightweight easy to carry market bags, shopping bags – just fold and keep inside your handbag like a handlerchief and you can come back carrying your grocery in your own t-shirt bag. This is a great way to keep old t-shirts with good prints which you do not want to throw away but then, may never wear.

T-shirt tote bag

t shirt tote bag

To make this easy to make bag, cut off the bottom portion of the top/t-shirt. The bottom edge will be your ready made top edge of the bag. 

 

t shirt tote bag

You can cut out handles from the same t-shirt/top – from the sleeves or the top portion -plan accordingly. 

t shirt shopping bags

You can also use webbing for an easy ready made handle. 

t shirt shopping bags

Sew the edges of the handles together to finish the handles.

Sew the bottom edge with a tight zig zag stitch. This stitch is used because the fabric is knit and the zig zag stitch has a stretch suitable for knits. Learn more about sewing with knits here.

t shirt shopping bags

Sew the corner across to box the bag’s bottom. The distance from the corner will depend on the size of your t-shirt/top. Do this for both the corners and you get a good flat bottomed bag. If you do not want the flat bottom, skip this step.

make a bag from old t-shirt

To do this, just pinch the corner with the side seam and bottom seam meeting – and sew across.

t shirt shopping bags

bag from old t shirt

Attach the handles to the bag – ensure that you make enough stitches to carry things in the bag. The bag handles shouldnot come off right in the middle of the road.

t shirt shopping bags

 

Take it out for shopping. 

bag from old t shirt

 

Simple t-shirt bag

Cut out the t-shirt with the handles facing the bottom edge. Cut out outside the red lines.

bag from old t shirt

This is how it will look. 

bag from old t shirt

Overlap the handle edges and sew across. 

You can finish the handle side edges and the inside edges by turning the edge to the inside and sewing it along. 

bag from old t shirt

diy t-shirt bags

Related posts : Turn jeans into bags : 3 ways; Sew an easy grocery tote bag. 

 

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