Most of us have an old t-shirt lying around. Maybe it has sentimental value, but you never wear it. Or maybe you’ve worn it too much and it’s starting to show, but you can’t bear to part with it.
What do you do with it? Let it sit at the bottom of your drawer forever? Why not make it into a bag instead!
You don’t need to be a master at sewing to make this super easy no-sew tote. All you need is 20 minutes, a pair of scissors and your T-shirt!
1. Cut off the sleeves*
2. Cut the neckline*
3. Turn the t-shirt inside out
4. Cut fringe along the bottom
- Make cuts about 1 inch apart (i.e. so that each strand is ~ 1 inch think).
- The length of the strands is up to you and determines how deep your bag will be. Keep in mind that you’ll need to tie at least two knots and that your bag will stretch with weight. To make sure the bottom of your bag is straight, you can use washable marker to draw a line across the shirt to mark the point at which each cut ends.
5. Tie knots!
- First, tie knots between each of the front-back strand pairs, making your way along the entire bottom of the shirt.
- Then, tie strands from each of the adjacent pairs together so that your bag doesn’t have holes along the bottom.
- Once you have tied at least two knots, you could leave it at that, but depending on the thickness/strength of your t-shirt, you may want to tie more. I found that my highly loved t-shirt was too weak to use only 2 knots, so I just kept making knots between adjacent strands until I ran out of length to tie!
6. Wear it, use it, love it! It’s a great everyday tote or perfect to scrunch up in another bag for unexpected buys.
*If you’re super keen to keep things tidy, you can use a washable marker to mark the cuts before you make them. Or if you’re like me, you can just eyeball it!
P.S. If you read this and thought ‘nah, not for me’, but you still have an old shirt laying around, don’t throw it away! The Salvation Army will even accept clothing that is too damaged to resell. Unless it’s super contaminated with chemicals or oil, they can recycle the material. So tote bag or not, keep it out of the landfill.
P.P.S. If this little project just didn’t take up enough of your creative time, check out some others on our DIY Home/Body page!