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How to Make a Reusable T-shirt Tote Bag

How to Make a Reusable T-shirt Tote Bag

How to Make A Reusable No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag 


Happy Earth Month! This t-shirt tote bag tutorial is an excellent way to upcycle your old Nature Supply Co t-shirts and turn them into something new! Because you can never have enough reusable bags, right?! Plus - when they are no long useful as bags, you can then cut them into rags to clean with. :)

This No-Sew Reusable T-Shirt Bag takes no more than 10 minutes to make.
 

Supplies:

  • Old t-shirt - The thicker the fabric, the sturdier the bag
  • Sharp scissors
  • Washable marker

Directions:

Step 1: Cut the sleeves off
Cut along the inside of the seams.


Step 2: Cut the neckline area
Again, cut along the inside of the seams.


Step 3: Determine how deep you want the bag to be
Turn your shirt inside out. Determine where you want the bottom of the bag to be and trace a line across (or just cut, this doesn't have to be perfect). Keep in mind that depending on the fabric used, your tote is likely stretch and become longer when it's filled with stuff.

Step 4: Cut fringe
Now grab your scissors and cut slits from the bottom of the shirt up to the line (or a rough spot you think you'd like the bad to be) making the bottom of your bag. Cut these slits roughly 1 inch apart. You'll want to cut both the front and back layers together because they need to match up the next step.
 

Step 5: Tie Fringe
Take your first pair of fringe and tie them into a knot, then tie two more pairs. The next step will close the holes that you will see if you lift the bag up. Grab one strand from the middle set and tie it in a know with one of the strands on the left set. Then take the other strand from the middle set and tie it in a knot with one of the strands on the right set. Then take the remaining strand on the right set and tie it to the next set of strands, and so on and so forth until all the strands are tied.

Now turn your t-shirt right side out again and voila, you're done!

NOTES: You can leave the top of the straps as they are or cut them and tie together for another "look".If you don't like the fridge look, you can turn your shirt inside out and then tie. You can either leave the sleeves how they are OR you can cut the tops and tie like the bottom fringes.


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