Reusable Shopping Bag: Another Crafty Reuse for T-Shirts

I’m always on the lookout for creative uses for t-shirts. We have a bunch collecting dust in our closets and they are readily available at resale shops.

We’ve all heard about the shirt quilt (it’s fun to make for a new college student’s dorm room), but what about curtains, valance, bedskirt, children’s clothing, diapers or dresses?

Martha Stewart has a fabulous idea for making a reusable shopping tote out of t-shirts. What a fun way to reuse all those souvenir and college tee’s.Β  This bag is simple to make:

There is only one line to sew and a couple of places to cut (sleeves and neckline).Β  I’m already thinking up ways to fancy this up (reinforcing the top and using ribbon trim and handles, etc…).Β  Visit Martha’s link to watch a video and get step by step directions.

This project is simple, so even my youngsters can make these with minimal help… the bags make wonderful sleepover packs. (Pssst… you can also make pillowcases.)

If you are looking for more ideas, check out Skye’s post with several reuse ideas and there is also t-shirt yarn options. Need more ideas? Grab a hold of Generation T’s 108 ways to transform a t-shirt.

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart’s Good Thing T-Shirt Bag

10 thoughts on “Reusable Shopping Bag: Another Crafty Reuse for T-Shirts”

  1. That is such a great idea! I actually have a NYC shirt that I needed to buy while in New York, but really – I think I’ve worn it twice – and as pjs – so a bag would make so much more sense! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for posting this! I have a ton of t-shirts I was going to use as rags and toss, but this has given me new use for them. This would be especially good as produce bags.

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