Friday, October 15, 2010

Life in the Sewing Room

I have tons, at least two drawers full, of old t-shirts. Kinda comes with all the fun of college. But, college was five years ago, and I never get a chance to wear t-shirts as much as I used to. Most of the ones I have all had a purpose in college, but don't really serve me well in professional settings! Since I had a lot of free time this week due to fall break, I found a great way to re purpose those drawer fulls of t's.

Really great tote bags!
You could use these for shopping, library books, picnic/lunch carriers, school bag, sweet purse, or packed into your vacation luggage.

1. Cut off sleeves
2. Cut two or three inches off the neckline, making sure it follows the curve of neck
3. Cut the corners of the shirt at an angle so the bottom of the bag does not pucker
4. Turn inside out and sew up bottom edge

You are done! 10 minutes tops!

I also found that tank tops work super well because you can skip steps 1 and 2!
If you want to get super creative, you could add braided handles like I did on the blue bag. I made about 10 bags in a few hours. I plan on using these for shopping and in my classroom for center activities and sending books home.
What do you think? Any ideas on how to customize?
Happy Crafting!

1 comment:

Lucy said...

I LOVE THEM!!!! You could tie fun ribbon pieces around the handles for some splash!...I know I always have ribbon remnants laying around! :)