I figured that the best thing to recycle a "Green" t-shirt into was a reusable tote bag, and I set out to create one without using a pattern. I had one baby nap to do this in and didn't have the patience for printing, cutting, reading, etc.
|BEFORE! I definitely wanted to keep the panda, because he's absolutely adorable!|
|Step 1: Cut off the bottom of the shirt... I cut it off at the bottom of the words, making sure to keep some space below the words and above the panda for seams, etc.|
|Step 2: Cut the sleeves off at an angle. |
You can also just do a straight line up and down your bag, but what fun would that be?
|Step 3: Cut across the top of the shirt to the length you'd like your bag to be. |
Again, I cut above the words so they'd be included on the bag.
I didn't want to go any higher because then the opening in the bag would be really small.
|Step 4: Defy logic. With the shirt right-side-out (RSO), sew a straight seam across the bottom. |
Do this at both of the "sleeve" openings, too.
|Step 5: Turn your shirt inside out. Where you sewed your straight seams at the sleeves and bottom, sew a zig-zag seam. |
Make sure you are sewing in far enough so that your seam from step 4 will be hidden when your shirt is RSO again.
|My cell fits in both sides!|
|Step 10: Just as you did earlier with your sleeves, take the bottom of your shirt and cut the end seams off. You will have a "front piece" and a "back piece." |
This will provide you with your straps!