How to Make a T-Shirt Tote Bag

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Make a T-Shirt Tote Bag: What You'll Need

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How to Make a T-Shirt Tote Bag. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Have a drawer full of t-shirts that you never wear? Turn them into reusable shopping totes, and reclaim that drawer space.

You Will Need:

An old t-shirt
Thread
A needle or sewing machine
Sewing pins
Scissors
A large mixing bowl
A pen or pencil

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Remove the Sleeves

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T-Shirt with Sleeves Removed. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Lay the t-shirt out on your work surface and smooth out any bumps or wrinkles. Then, cut off the sleeves, following the contour of the seam.

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Mark and Cut the Neckline

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Mark and Cut the Neckline. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Lay a mixing bowl over the neckline of the t-shirt, and trace around it. Then, cut along the line to create the opening for your tote bag.

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Sew Up the Bottom of the T-Shirt

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T-Shirt Minus Neck and Sleeves. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

You should now be left with a t-shirt that resembles the one in the photo -- pretty much your standard plastic grocery bag shape. To complete the tote bag, simply flip the shirt inside out; and sew the bottom opening shut.

Tip: Double stitch the bottom to make your tote extra sturdy.