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Turn a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag

Updated on December 30, 2010

Turn a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag

A fun way to recycle your old t-shirts is to turn them into reusable tote bags, which are perfect for shopping, the gym, trick or treating, and for storing and organizing various items. Turning your t-shirts into reusable tote bags is easy to do and it requires little time and materials. This is one "green" project this is fun for adults and kids. If you don't want to use your own t-shirts, you can purchase some at a garage sale or thrift store for as little as 50 cents, which is a lot cheaper than buying new tote bags.

How to Turn a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag

Supplies Needed:



Needle or sewing machine

Sewing pins


Large mixing bowl

Pen or pencil


1. Lay the shirt on a flat work surface.

2. Cut off both sleeves. Cut at the seems.

3. The neckline is too small for the bag's opening so you will need to cut along the neckline to make the bag opening bigger. If you need a guideline, lay a large bowl (upside down) on top of the neckline and trace around it. Use scissors to cut along the line to make the opening bigger. (See Photo)

4. Turn the bag inside out and use a needle and threat or a sewing machine to sew the bottom shut.

5. Turn the bag right side out and...presto!, you now have a reusable tote bag.

T-Shirt Bags

T-Shirt Bags
T-Shirt Bags

The "No Sew" Method

Personalize Your Bag

Personalize with Initials:

To personalize your bag with your initials, use a plain t-shirt and glue (or sew) on the letters.

Bling your Bag:

Decorate your bag with...









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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Adding a kiss for luck on this St. Patrick's Day!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      This is a great idea! I love it!