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How To Turn A T-Shirt Into A Bag

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Turn A T-Shirt Into A Bag

Do you want to show off an original and creative bag without the hefty price tag? Then you're in the right place! In this OneHowTo article, we explain in five easy steps how to convert an old t-shirt into a fabulous beach bag for shopping or wherever you're off to. Are you in? Follow closely and you'll learn how to turn a t-shirt into a bag.

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Steps to follow:


The first thing to do in order to turn a T-shirt into a bag is to find a short-sleeved shirt which you do not use and which you are willing to transform into a bag for the beach, shopping, etc. Note that the bigger the shirt, the bigger the bag (obvious, right?). What we want to say is that you will probably want to opt for wider shirts.

Also, in terms of the print on the shirt, you can look for a colored shirt or one with decorative motifs so you won't need to add anything. Otherwise, go for a white shirt and give it a personal touch with paint, beads, etc.

How To Turn A T-Shirt Into A Bag - Step 1

Once you have chosen the shirt, put it on a flat surface like a table or on an ironing board and cut off the sleeves and collar with scissors. The cut you make at the neck will become the length of the bag's handles, so the more you cut, the longer the handles and the bigger the bag's opening will be.

How To Turn A T-Shirt Into A Bag - Step 2

The next step is to sew up the bottom of the shirt to form the bottom of the bag. You can do this by hand or with a sewing machine, as you wish. The important thing is that you first turn the shirt around, especially if it is printed, so that the seam is on the inside and cannot be seen.

How To Turn A T-Shirt Into A Bag - Step 3

If you've opted for a white shirt to turn into a bag, now is the time to decorate it and add some color. This is a great activity to do with the little ones in the house so they can create their own customized bags.

You'll need special fabric paint, which you can find at craft shops, either as a spray or to be applied with a brush. If you want, you can also use templates to create beautiful designs on your future bag.

How To Turn A T-Shirt Into A Bag - Step 4

And you're done! Now you have your own fashionable bag for any occasion. You'll amaze all your friends and family with this economical and simple handicraft!

How To Turn A T-Shirt Into A Bag - Step 5

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