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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tee Shirts, transfigured

It is the time of year that we start to think about changing out the closet for winter clothes.  That means to move T Shirts from one place to another.   And I am getting sick of some of the T-shirts with wording and pictures on them. Also I have a collection of Sierra Art Trails T Shirts. Ok.. so I hate to throw out a good shirt, but they are taking up space in my closet.

California has a new law that will go into affect in Jan... no plastic grocery bags.. I save mine for other uses, so not sure how I will replace them, but I now have a use for all those Colorful T- Shirts.. Make them into bags.. and here is how I am doing it.

Yes, I am putting the good ideas that I Googled together,, lay the shirt flat and cut around the sleeve leaving the seam for strength. Can use the sleeve for dust cloth later.

Use a dinner plate and lay it over the neck area. Size is your choice, marking with pencil the out line, and cut the neck out. 

That is easy so far.  Next for the bottom.

Turning the shirt inside out, I pinned the bottom together. I left the seam on at the bottom for strength, and rolled it up and machine stitched  both sides together, then rolled it up again, or you could double stitch for strength.

Now I have 3 bags that I can put anything in.. groceries, or what ever. Thinking I might fill one with my yarn project and sketching projects to take with me on retreat. Also one for the paper towels, and paper goods to take along..  These fold up nice, or just stuff in the back seat.. Off to check out my husbands closet.. his T- shirts are bigger!


  1. Wow, those work up quickly! I also re-use the plastic sacks from the grocery store, so I am not sure what I am going to do about replacing those.

  2. Never would have thought of doing this and I don't know why. Simple and easy. What is not great about this!

  3. I found some more T- Shirts.. One from a friend that I did not want to give up, but was not wearing.. Makes it easy to clear the closet and re-purpose. Can never have too many bags!

  4. What a great idea Vivian! I have turned some (non printed) Tees into necklace scarves. Cut just below armpits, then cut across width of shirt into one inch strips, leaving one seam side still joined together. STRETCH out each strip and it rolls in on itself. Use a piece of leather, suede or scrap fabric to firmly bind together where the strips are still joined. And there you have it!http://www.pinterest.com/pin/422705114999001825/


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