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How to Turn a T-Shirt into a Bag

I ran across a pin not to long ago about How to Turn a T-Shirt into a Bag, however the link didn’t work. I figured I could make a t-shirt bag myself. I did, and in 30 minutes I had a new bag. Hence my tutorial for How to Turn a T-shirt into a Bag – in 30 minutes.

I am a bag person, my husband thinks it’s a bit ridiculous, but oh well. Recently I got a new Vera Bradly bag for Christmas, it was just the one I wanted and I was so excited. It is a small bag, just for the few necessities for short trips, however I still needed something new for trips to the aquariums and museums I take my kids to. And it turned I out could make the perfect one from a recycled t-shirt. My sister gave me this shirt many years ago, one she used to wear (I am so lucky she always gives me her old clothes). I wore it for a while, but then didn’t. The shirt hung there for a year or two, I liked it, but never wore it. Recently I thought it would make a cute bag and I flipped it from a shirt to a bag and I did it in 30 minutes.

How to make a T-Shirt Bag

First, I chose my shirt. This one was already a tank, but that is not important.

Second, I cut the sleeves bigger, down about 1.5 inches from the bottom of the sleeve. If you are not using a tank, you will just be cutting the arm holes 1.5 inches larger then they are.

Third, I turned it inside out and did a rolled hem on the arm holes and sewed it up.

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Forth I took the bottom of the shirt and sewed the two pieces together. I didn’t need to make a fancy hem or anything because the shirt already had a nicely sewn hem. That is what makes this so easy.

I turned it right side out  and Vila I had Turned a T-shirt into a Bag. How to turn a T-Shirt into a Bag, was very simple, even me, who cannot sew very well did it. If I can turn a t-shirt into a bag, you can to.

I tried my T-Shirt Bag out that very day. We decided to take a trip to the Dinosaur Museum. I packed a few snacks, so the kids couldn’t say they needed me to buy food as they exaggerated their not-so-extreme hunger, a diaper and wipes, my wallet and my keys. It was perfect and fun to wear.

The only reason it took so long to make (all of 30 minutes) was because I am not a good seamstress, despite my mothers life long lessons and encouragement I am not a seamstress – or anything close. I really think someone with skill can whip out a bag in less then 30 minutes.

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