Making a Bag from a T-shirt

There are many styles of bags you can make from old shirts. I like to make bags out of t-shirts that I treasure, but cannot wear anymore. This is a simple one I made from a band tee. It's got an easy-to-create drawstring closure. It's great for things like laundry, shopping, and storage.

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 bag



  1. Turn shirt inside out. Place ruler against the side of the shirt and make a dotted line up the sleeve so it's a continuation of the side. Repeat on other side.
  2. Draw another line below the shoulder and neck area.
  3. Cut off the shirt sleeves and neck, leaving about half an inch of fabric outside your dotted lines.
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  5. Sew up the shirt on the dotted lines. This is what it will look like when you flip it right side out.
  6. Turn the shirt inside out and fold up about an inch around the bottom of the shirt. Pin in place then sew it shut except for an inch. This inch is where you will insert the drawstring.
  7. Turned right side out, this is how it should look so far.
  8. Attach your safety pin to the end of the rope.
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  10. Leading with the safety pin, push the rope into the drawstring area from the opening.
  11. Use your fingers to guide the rope through the drawstring tunnel using the safety pin to easily tug on it. Go all the way around until it comes out the opening to meet itself.
  12. Pull the rope out, then tie a knot. How long you leave the rope is up to you. I'm using mine to wear cross-body style so I left it a bit longer. Pull rope taut to scrunch up and close the bag.
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February 10, 20200 found this helpful

Great little bag! This would be perfect for me to pack some toys and leave in the car. :)

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February 10, 20200 found this helpful

Yes! You could easily hang it from the back of the seat! :)

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