I found a tshirt on clearance at the store for $2 that I just couldn’t pass up. I mean, what classy broad wouldn’t like a man wearing this shirt:
I couldn’t let it go. I bought it knowing I would turn it into a purse using Lindsay’s awesome tutorial. I really needed a bag for my knitting (yes, I’m that person now) so I added some pockets to my lining that would fit a small ball of yarn and knitting needles.
So now that I’ve taken inspiration and instruction from the Three Blind Wives’ creative vault, I will add my own t-shirt bag upcycle for you all. This bag upcycle is much more of a quick and dirty upcycle. It’s super easy even if you don’t really sew and makes a FANTASTIC reusable shopping bag.
First, layout your shirt. Preferably less sloppy than I did. Geesh. Cut off the neck and the arms.
Next, you need to turn the shirt inside out and stitch the bottom closed. I recommend 2 rows of stitches. Where exactly you stitch depends on how big your shirt is. You may want to make the bag less deep if you are using a larger shirt. I wanted to make sure the “beautifully broken” wording was visible so I sewed pretty close to the bottom.
If you use a large shirt, you may find that you want to sew the sides in as well or your bag will be cavernous. Ever fill a cavernous bag with groceries and try to lift it? I don’t recommend it. I used a junior’s L shirt so the shirt wasn’t too big.
The last step involves the “handles,” which were formally known as the “shoulders.” Fold the handles like so
And stitch like so
And make your son pose like so
Upcycled reusable shopping bag. Kermit was wrong. It IS easy to be green.