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Upcycle T-Shirt to Grocery Bag

I was inspired by an Instructable to recycle a previous season t-shirt. I think it ‘s a cute t-shirt.  But my child has two of them and only wears the pink one. Still, I was surprised when I asked if she minded if I turned it into something else, and she said, sure go ahead.

upcycle tshirt to grocery bag front side

Here’s my version, for a child size tote, using a child size t-shirt.

Materials Needed:

  • Child Size T-Shirt
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Water Soluble Pen
  • Curved object (for example a dressmakers curve, drafting curve, or plate)
  • Sewing machine or serger, threaded

Makeover Instructions:

Get a clean child size t-shirt and lay it flat.

upcycle tshirt to grocery bag

Fold the t-shirt in half and draw lines (around your logo if you wish) in a bag shape.

drawing curves with a drafting tool and water soluble marker

Cut along the lines you just drew.

Turn the t-shirt inside out. Sew the bottom closed.

Fold the side seam and the bottom seam together to make a point. (If you don’t have a side seam, use the armscye to line up the point). Sew or serge a line perpendicular to the existing bottom seam, to form a gusset.  Bottom seam folded to point

Repeat on the other side.  The bottom of your bag will now be a rectangle shape.


Turn right side out.

upcycle tshirt to grocery bag Finished

Voila, you have a washable, reusable grocery bag!

And a shameless plug for your local organization.  If you don’t want to keep the writing, cut the bag shape without regard to the logo, and sew with right sides together.

You do not need to finish the edges, because knit fabric does not ravel.


Reuse It Plastic Bag

Are you wondering what to do with all those weird little plastic envelopes that enclose sheets and sometimes underwear?  You can reuse them as containers for non-food items. They are especially handy if they have snaps, like the one shown below.

Reuseable plastic bag as a crayon container

Yes, this one has a warning not to allow children to play with it.  And I have filled it with crayons.  Only my older child, who is old enough not to put her head in it is allowed to use more than one crayon at a time.  The rest of the time it is safely tucked into a drawer.  And I get out one crayon at a time, for she-who-would-eat-crayons.

The larger plastic envelopes, that contain sheets and usually have zippers are great for organizing luggage, keeping in the car as wet bags (not completely waterproof), and organizing socks or doll shoes.