DIY: Upcycle a T-shirt into a Tote Bag
While many clothing items can (& should be) donated to help those less fortunate, there are over 2 billion t-shirts sold in the US every year. Clearly some of those should be repurposed into bags to help reduce 100 billion plastic bags that are used by US Citizens each year.
Ok, I hope I got your attention, now let’s start upcycling! The project does require sewing, but it is simple enough for a beginner to do.
Note: kids or womens size small and medium work best for this project
Helpful to have:
- sewing machine
- pinking shears
- Sew a straight stitch across the bottom of the t-shirt, about 1 inch above the hem
- Repeat straight stitch a second time close to the first row to stregthen the tote
- Using pinking shears, cut the hem of the shirt, being careful not to cut through the new stitching