Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Recycled Bags

You all know by reading my blog that I am very aware of recycling whenever possible nothing goes to the trash without my second opinion. I use my husband's old levi's for purses, blankets,pillows etc. I have saved all my grandchildren's clothes that I could get from their moms to make them quilts. Buttons I have so many buttons I could open up my own store something old always has a special place in my heart. I can come up with some idea to use it later down the road. Steve will constantly find something I stashed in his garage for a later project. Gives me the look and knows he won't get me to part with it so don't even try. I can't wait to work on two old wooden lazy susans I rescued from the street on trash day. The neighbors now let me know when something is going out to the trash in case I have ideas for it. I could go on forever with objects in my yard that have been rescued for different projects this will be for another day. Today I wanted to share this great idea I found on Martha Stewarts craft site. I subscribe to her emails once in awhile something really intrigues me and today this is what I found. It is a tee shirt turned into a recycle grocery bag...I love it got plenty of hubby's shirts that will do the trick for this project. Here is her instructions -Enjoy

Turning an old T-shirt into a reusable shopping or grocery bag is a simple, clever craft to help everyone be "green." It's a Good Thing that will help protect the environment.

Tools and Materials
Heavy-weight cotton T-shirt
Sewing machine
Medium-size bowl
Water-erasable marking pen

T-Shirt Bag How-To
1. Turn T-shirt inside out and pin bottom of the T-shirt along the hem. Using a sewing machine, sew bottom of T-shirt closed. Flip shirt right side out and lay flat on table, making sure all seams are lined up.

2. Place medium-size bowl about half-way over the neck hole. Using a water-erasable marking pen, trace along the edge of the bowl. Cut along the outline, making sure to go through the front and back sides of the shirt, in order to create an opening for the bag that's larger than what the neck hole allows.

3. Line up the hems on the front and back side of the sleeve and cut, making sure to go through both sides of the shirt. Repeat on the other sleeve. Tip: A jersey shirt would also work well for this craft, as it is already sleeveless, and it's made of a great mesh material.

Water-erasable marking pens can be purchased at most fabric stores for about $5. To purchase an already-made t-shirt bag, visit greenteebag.com

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Good Thing: T-Shirt Bag - Martha Stewart Crafts


  1. I am a new follower to your blog! :) Love it! :) Erin


  2. Those bags looks awesome! So glad to have won your fabric bunny giveaway! Priscilla is gorgeous!!

  3. This is awesome!! Following back!

  4. Rachel, just yesterday my 9-year old daughter came home with a hole in one of her (and my) favorite t-shirts and I immediately thought, "I must find a good tutorial for making a t-shirt bag." She's home sick from school today, so while she rests I'm finally taking some much needed time to catch up on my emails and came across yours from early April (forgive me!). Oh sweet Serendipity! Thank you so much for visiting me and for leading me to your wonderful creative blog. I look forward to trying this project with my daughter, and know I will enjoy following your blog.

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  5. Jenn I am glad you found my blog to make your t-shirt bag. How fun you are able to preserve a favorite tshirt. I am always thinking of ideas using old favorite clothes. My husband's levis are now a grocery bag, which by the way is on my blog,and a wonderful quilt with flannel backing, the grandchildren clothes are in the process of becoming quilts for them. Did you know old sheets make wonderful backings on quilts for the beach or park. A nine patch easy to put together quilt with a sheet backing is perfect. Oh I start to ramble forgive me I start talking about creating and I could go on for hours. Thanks you stopping by hope you will continue to visit. ♥ Rachel

  6. Thanks for the great tips! I love this idea.

    Found you on The Weekend Creation Blog Hop.

    I am a writer. Hope to see you stop by my blog sometime.


  7. Looks awesome and trendy. I love these bags!n Thank you for posting this. If you're looking for a cheaper and greener alternative for bags, then check out this video I saw on Youtube. It's about recycled PVC bags from billboard ads. http://youtu.be/_-j74UKurr0

  8. Hi Sandy thanks for that information. I was thrilled with this bag make over from a tee shirt I am one of those people who holds on to everything knowing one day it will come in handy. This may be my downfall but it sure is nice when I am looking for that special thing I had saved it!!!!!

  9. Those are so cute! What a great idea :) Bookmarking to come back to later.

    You have a new "stalker" from Sunday Stalker Blog Hop, via GFC!


  10. Hi glad that you stopped by my blog yes I love this bag too! Did you read the giveaway blog would love you to enter....
    I could not find that you have a facebook fan page or blog anywhere but when you do let me know so I can start following