Tuesday, April 5, 2011

T Shirt Tuesday: T Shirt Totes

Hold onto your hats folks... this is the easiest project ever!

These cute T shirt totes have been all over the blog land for a while and I finally got around to making some... So here they are. We are talking 5 minutes worth of work and total cuteness.

Gather your supplies because this is a quick ride!

Old Shirt

Pins (completely optional)

Scissors or rotary cutter or both (unless you are a savage beast and can rip knit...)

Dinner plate (or sharp eyeballing it technique)

Sewing machine and thread

Step 1: Cut the sleeves off of your T shirt. I know what you are thinking... this looks a little, well, how do I say this... "redneck." Please don't be offended. I hemmed and hawed about what term to use here and then realized that this is part of who I am, where I'm from and what I am proud of. This is a style my brother Jim (love you...) is completely comfortable sporting, and I can show you how to jazz it up next week...

Step 2: Use the dinner plate as a guide to cut a large half circle out of the neck line. Eyeballers, this is your moment to shine! You can go ahead and "eyeball it." (I love to think I can eyeball it. I should attach several images of projects that prove that I have no eyeball ability whatsoever.)

Step 3: Pin the bottom of your shirt. "Turn your shirt inside out and pin the bottom together" silly. Oh and by the way, I may not be a great eyeballer, but I did a perfectly wonderful job of skipping this pinning nonsense on totes #2 and #3. (I know, so naughty and talented!)

Step 4: Sew the bottom seam. I gave it 2 good runs with my machine, just to be extra official...Enjoy your new super fabulous T Shirt Tote!

The one with the peace signs is Kiley's. She has big plans to take it with her to the Community Center and to sleepovers.

Come on, you know you want one... Take 5 minutes. Make one or ten!


  1. Dude! I love this idea. I wish I would have seen it sooner. I literally dropped off a box of stuff (including T-shirts) at a local donation center this afternoon. And my green Horchata T-shirt would have made such a great bag....

  2. Very cute and easy idea! And I love the name of your blog, btw.

  3. Wow! This was quick! And it's a beautiful project too.

  4. This is such a great use for those t-shirts certain people (my husband!) just can't ever get rid of. i wonder how he'd feel about his beloved T turning into a tote?! ;) Great tutorial- thanks.

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