How to Make a T-Shirt Tote Bag

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

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
A needle or sewing machine
Sewing pins
A large mixing bowl
A pen or pencil

Remove the Sleeves

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.

Mark and Cut the Neckline

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.

Sew Up the Bottom of the T-Shirt

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.