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No Sew T-shirt bag

No Sew T-shirt bag

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An easy no sew t-shirt bag, use this tutorial to upcycle a favorite old t-shirt into a one of a kind functional bag. 

So cute! No sew t-shirt bag, easy to follow tutorial.

I have a stack of old t-shirts I’ve collected over the years and just haven’t had the heart to get rid of.  I have most of my college sorority shirts, high school state competition shirts, and a few from some very special trips.  In that pile is a t-shirt from the Hard Rock Cafe in Madrid, a shirt I bought on a class trip almost 20 years ago. It doesn’t fit quite right anymore but I have so many amazing memories from that trip I can’t bring myself to get rid of this gem.  So I upcycled it into this cute t-shirt bag!

easy no sew t-shirt bag tutorial

I have seen bags like this all over the internet, they are pretty easy and straight forward to make.  Now that I have made this one both my kids want one of their own so we will be digging through that t-shirt pile again to make more bags.

Supplies:

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors

easy no sew t-shirt bag tutorial

I started by laying my t-shirt flat on the ground and cutting off the sleeves and collar.  What’s left will make the handles so you can adjust the depth of your cut accordingly.  A deeper cut along the collar will result in a larger opening. 

easy no sew t-shirt bag tutorial

Next, I cut fringe on the bottom of the shirt.  I cut slits through the front and back about 1.5 inches long spaces about a half inch apart.  Then I turned the shirt inside out.  

easy no sew t-shirt bag tutorial

easy no sew t-shirt bag tutorial

I tied the front and back together, double knotting as I moved along.  This will serve at the bottom of the bag so make sure the knots are secure.  

That’s it!  I turned the shirt right side out and my bag was finished.  To curl the cut edges along the arms and collar I stretched the shirt a bit.  The curling covered any uneven cut lines.

easy no sew t-shirt bag tutorial

This is a super functional bag that I am keeping in my car.  Great for a shopping bag in a pinch or a functional tote on the go.

What t-shirt would you upcycle?

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Tuesday 6th of June 2017

[…] library books, gym bags and more.  I also have a few that I purchased or upcycled like this t-shirt bag.  I came across this basic canvas tote, a really solid bag that can hold a lot, and turned it […]

Lynn Spencer

Thursday 18th of May 2017

What a perfect recycle! useful and still holding your memories (get it...holding???) Anyway, I love that your project doesn't need to be sewed at all!

Hugs, Lynn

Carolann

Thursday 18th of May 2017

This shirt bag is so cute! It looks so easy to make too. I will have to make one soon! What a fun project!

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