T-Shirt Tote

tote1Ever just need a bag to throw your stuff in and you don’t want to empty your school backpack, or heaven forbid use one of your mom’s re-useable grocery bags? Well we found the solution for you on Mommypotamus.com! A no sew tote bag made from an old t-shirt. It’s hip, it’s washable, you can make it your own, and it only takes 10 minutes to make! Plus the added benefit of reusing old items and being re-usable ranks this months craft high on the environmentally friendly scale.

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  • An old t-shirt, preferably with a cool graphic or pattern
  • Sharp scissors
  • Washable marker

  1. Fold the t-shirt in half and cut both sleeves off so it looks like a tank top. If you find it too hard to cut them both at once, cut one side, then fold in half and use the cut side as a guide for the next sleeve.
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  3. Cut the neck trim/collar off in an oval shape.
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  5. Turn the shirt in-side out and trace a line with washable marker across the shirt approximately an inch or two from the bottom or so that you don’t cut off the graphic.
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  7. Cut slits from the bottom of the shirt up to the line you drew. Try to cut both the front and back layers together because they need to match up for the next step.
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  9. Tie the fringes together into a knot to form the bottom of the bag. First knot the front and back layers together (knot 1 & 2 together, knot 3 & 4 together and so on). Then tie one side of the knotted fringe with one side of the knotted fringe beside it in order to close the gaps in the bottom of the bag (leave 1, knot 2 & 3 together, knot 4 & 5 together and so on, leave the the last fringe.). See diagram below.
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  11. Turn the shirt inside right side out and your tote is ready for use.

Fun Variations: To keep the fringe at the bottom of the bag, turn the bag right side out before tying the fringe. If your straps are too long tie knots in them.tote8


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