Saturday, April 9, 2011

T-Shirt Tutorial #2--even better!

I met with a friend for coffee today, and guess what she was wearing? A t-shirt ruffle scarf, seen featured here! So now it is on to t-shirt up-cycle number two. This one takes a little bit more time and a few more supplies, but is not tough. I present to you, the T-Shirt turned Reusable Bag, Sweetest Pear Style.
We have lots of reusable bags, but none this cute until now. My inspiration came from this blog, but we had to fancy it up a bit. Below you'll find a tutorial:

  • t-shirt (We used adult size XL)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine with matching thread

  • scraps of cotton fabric
  • hot glue gun & glue
  • buttons
  • ribbon

1. Begin by straightening out your t-shirt. Iron if it's very wrinkly. Then, fold your shirt in half so the sleeves are lined up.
2. Cut around the sleeves as is shown in picture 2.
3. Cut around the neck as shown in picture 3. At this point, your t-shirt will look like a tanktop.
4. Sew across the bottom of the shirt while it's right side out. Then flip the shirt (now a bag) inside out and sew across the bottom again. The second seam you sew is going to be above the first. Something about a french seam...
5. Now to make the bottom boxy. While still inside out, make a triangle like in picture 5. Sew across (perpendicular to the seam) to make the stitch the base of the triangle.

At this point, you can turn it right side out and see that you've made a bag. But if you want some additional style points, continue with these steps:

6. Create rosettes from cotton fabric. Don't know how? No worries, that's our next post!
7. Hot glue some ribbon leaves onto the back and a button center onto the front, then adhere to the bag with hot glue.
8. To make slits in the bag, fold over and make small slits (1/4to 1/2 inch) about an inch and a half apart. You can make as many or few rows as you'd like.
9. Using a long scrap of cotton, weave through the slits and tie, knot, or hot glue to hold the weaving in place.

Here is a shot without the weaved strips, in case you're looking for a simpler style:

This project linked up at:
I Heart Naptime
Perfectly Prim Party at the Prairie Patch
Naturally Me Creations
The Saturday Mornings Blog
Petite Hermine
Simple Home Life
Fireflies and Jellybeans
Katie's Nesting Spot
Party Button

Juice Box Dreams


  1. This is too cute! Can't wait for your rosette tutorial! I have thus far been too lazy too try them.

  2. Wow, a bag from a interesting! :)

    Tnx so much for stopping by to link this up at Who Made What? Weekends!

  3. hiya great tutorial and the bag is very cute and useful , i am visiting from saturday mornings and i am your newest follower , hope you will stop by mine and follow me too

  4. Hey, I saw you hopped on the Naturally Me weekend party right after I did! I STILL love this project! Cutie patootie!

  5. Very neat, great way to give an old tee some new life! I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime,

  6. Great idea for reusing a T-shirt! And it turned out so cute, love it! Thanks so much for linking up! xx

  7. I would love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds!

  8. Hi I am your newest follower/s via Handmade Tuesdays. Would love if you could pop by my pages too, Karima.

  9. I've made one of those before, but it was plain. I love the details!

    visiting from Not Just a Housewife!

  10. Wow, looks really easy. Great job!

  11. Any girl would want to have it! What a nice way to reuse old tees!

    I have a fine art photography giveaway on my blog. Just leave a comment to win. check it out!

  12. Great upcycling! It looks fab with the weaving and rosettes- I like the little ribbon leaves you added! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Way cute!


  14. That is so, so cute!!!! I love it! :)

  15. WOW! this bag is fabulous! and what a great tutorial!
    I would love if you came and linked this project to the new page I’ve set up to try and pull together the great tutorials and ideas for upcycling clothes that I’m finding.
    It’s not just a weekly linky party – but a page that will remain as a link to your project all the time!
    Do come and take a look!

  16. I've been wanting to make one of these for forever. Yours is realllly cute! :)

  17. Hey Robin! I LOVE your super cute take on these bags. I am definitely making some for myself!

    I do an Earth Day Thursday post on my blog every week and I try to focus on earth friendly tips and ideas. I would LOVE to feature this project and your post next week, if you are cool with that. Just let me know and awesome job!


  18. Very fun! Love the brights!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  19. This is a great idea, and it turned out just adorable! I would love for you to come link up to my Sew Crafty Party !

  20. Well now I need to make some REALLY cute ones like yours!

  21. Really very nice post thanks to share this post its information is really very nice and useful for clothing tips and fashion.

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