Décor & Design

How To Make A Tote Bag Out Of An Old T-Shirt

April 23, 2023

Making a tote bag out of an old T-shirt is a simple and eco-friendly way to repurpose a garment that might otherwise go to waste. Here’s how to make a tote bag out of an old T-shirt:


  • Old t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread


  1. Lay the t-shirt flat on a table and smooth out any wrinkles.
  2. Cut off the sleeves of the t-shirt along the seam, making sure to cut evenly on both sides.
  3. Cut off the neckline of the t-shirt, leaving a wide opening for the tote bag.
  4. Turn the t-shirt inside out and lay it flat on the table again.
  5. Sew along the bottom of the t-shirt, making a straight seam to close the bottom of the bag.
  6. Cut off any excess fabric along the seam, leaving about 1/4 inch of fabric.
  7. Turn the bag right-side out and fold the top of the t-shirt over to create the opening for the tote bag.
  8. Sew along the folded edge of the t-shirt to create a hem for the tote bag.
  9. You can also add straps to the tote bag by cutting two strips of fabric from the sleeves you cut off earlier, or by using ribbon or another type of fabric.
  10. Sew the straps onto the tote bag, making sure they are securely attached.

And there you have it! A simple and eco-friendly tote bag made out of an old T-shirt. —Vita Daily


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