If you’re still busy spring cleaning, we’re guessing you’ve come across a lot of t-shirts that you can’t quite get rid of but don’t really need. Naturally, it”s time to repurpose! Today we’ll show you a ridiculously easy way to turn your t-shirts into eco-friendly reusable tote bags inspired by similar DIY projects found on Leethal and HonestlyWTF. The greatest thing about this project is that it’s pretty likely you’ve got all the materials at home. All you need is an old t-shirt, scissors, and a safety pin. Simple, (almost) free, and super convenient.


– t-shirt

– scissors

– safety pin

Pick out an old t-shirt, grab some scissors, and a large safety pin.

Cut of the sleeve of the t-shirt as if you were making a tank top.

Fold the t-shirt in half lengths-wise and use it as a template to cut the other side.

Cut off the collar in a U-shape, going about 4-6 inches deep.

Make 2 or 3 slits in bottom seam, making sure not to cut through the stitch.

Taking the leftover sleeves, trim a couple strips of fabric about 1 inch wide.

Put the safety pin on the end of the strip and feed the safety pin through the hole in the bottom seam.

Scrunch the fabric together to make a circle. Then tie the ends of the string together, leaving some length of the string for dangly pieces. Repeat until the bottom is tied together.

Voila! Now your fruits and veggies will have a nice cozy home on their journey from the farmer’s market this weekend.

If you want to jazz it up a bit, use different colored t-shirt scraps or any kind of jersey knit for the strips of fabric.

You can also use scraps of leftover t-shirts to make shapes to sew onto the outside of your bag (like a white heart with neon string!)

And you are done! Since it is stretchy cotton, it is best used to carry lighter items, such as a fruits and veggies, picnic items, or your blanket to take to the baseball game!

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