Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How Tuesday: Upcycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

Everybody loves an event with swag. At least most of the time...too much swag just becomes clutter or things that we never use.

I could and would never wear half of the t-shirts that I get at races. What I would use is more reusable shopping bags. Problem solved: turn on into the other!

After choosing your shirts, lay them out on you work surface.

Cut off the sleeves, preserving the side seams.

Use a template to shape the opening around the neck.
Cut around template. I used a bowl.

Mark the bottom where you are going to sew the short shut.
I also decided the angle some side seams so the bag would be 
wider on the bottom. The angle sides serve as a psuedo-gusset.

Sew along your markings. I did two hems around each
side for added stability.

I filled one with running gear...

...and used the other for some groceries.

You can keep the memories with these great shirts,
but use them more frequently and usefully!

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