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.
Here’s my version, for a child size tote, using a child size t-shirt.
- 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
Get a clean child size t-shirt and lay it flat.
Fold the t-shirt in half and draw lines (around your logo if you wish) in a bag shape.
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.
Repeat on the other side. The bottom of your bag will now be a rectangle shape.
Turn right side out.
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.
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