Not sure what to do with your old shirts? Make a no sew t-shirt bag! It’s eco-friendly, takes less than 15 minutes to make and you’ll have a custom bag!
Right before Lily was due, I had a massive purge for my closet. It may have been me nesting, but I think it was more so me realizing my style had evolved. And it would continue to as a new mom. When I stood there, staring at my clothes and realizing I had WAY too many, I thought about the last time I wore some of the pieces. Unfortunately, it had been long enough that I didn’t really remember so it was clear that I needed to ditch some of the clothes.
I also ran across some clothes that I just knew I’d never fit into again. You know, the ones you hold on to for the day you finally get back to whatever size? These were the clothes that were after that size. So really, not going to happen. Once I parted ways with the idea of shrinking, I parted with the clothes as well. Nathan did the same thing, but I kept a few of his t-shirts to make a no sew t-shirt bag or two with.
If you’re unfamiliar with a no sew t-shirt bag, it’s super simple. It takes 15 minutes to create and it’s a great way to upcycle something you may be ditching as well. It’s also an awesome way to hold on to the shirts you have fond memories of that just don’t fit anymore or if they have a stain towards the bottom. (I’m excited to go through my t-shirts soon and look for vacation ones that would be a perfect for a no sew t-shirt bag!)
no sew t-shirt bag supplies
no sew t-shirt bag steps
- Cut the sleeves of the shirt off.
- Trim the neckline to create the straps – they can be as thick or thin as you’d like.
- Trim the tops of the soon to be straps so they are no longer connected.
- Trim a fringe along the bottom of the shirt. Try to cut the front and back together so the fringe lines up on both sides. This will make it easier for tying. Make sure you have an even number of fringes to tie.
- Turn the shirt inside out so you’re tying the fringe on what will be the inside of the bag.
- Start with the first four fringes (front + back so two in the front, two in the back.) Take the fringe closest to the edge and cross over to the with the second fringe on the back. Double knot.
- Take the second fringe on the front and cross over the double knot. Cross over to the first fringe in the back and double knot. This should create an X in the way that the fringes are tied.
- Repeat these steps until you get to the end.
- Cut down the center of the straps so you can repeat the fringe double knot on the straps.
- Flip your bag right side out and use!
I love having these no sew t-shirt bags around because it takes reusable bags to a whole new level. They’re great for tossing in the car or purse so you always have an extra bag with you, too. Plus, I love having a bag that is so unique!
And this week’s Maker’s Mix-Up theme is RED. We want to see all of your red projects + recipes in this week’s link-up!
Have you ever made a no sew t-shirt bag? What do you do with your old t-shirts?
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