How To Make A Recycled T-Shirt Grocery Tote Bag

This “no sew” project is fun, easy, and will keep all those awful plastic grocery bags from ending up in your local landfill. Follow these three simple steps and in five minutes you can turn an old t-shirt into a reusable grocery tote bag, a beach bag, or a craft carry-all.

1. Cut the hem off the t-shirt. Save it! We’re going to use it in a minute.

2. Cut away the neck and the sleeves. These can be discarded.

3. Turn the t-shirt inside out, gather the bottom fabric together, and tie it off, using the bottom hem from step 1. Tie it tightly. I wrapped mine twice and double knotted it. Turn right-side out, and you’re done!

I love recycling/reusing. Share your ideas for how to recycle old t-shirts in the comments section. 


Anne R. Allen said...

What a great, simple idea, Donna! I love it. I've got plenty of tee shirts that don't go out of the house. Time to recycle them this way. Here in my town, plastic bags are banned, so you always need your own. This will be a great way to have some unique ones. I'll bet the sleeves will make good cleaning rags, too. Thanks!

Donna Fasano said...

The sleeves WOULD make great cleaning rags! Thanks for the suggestion, Anne. And thank you for stopping by!

Cashmere said...

I love this idea! What a fun project for my next old t-shirt! Thanks for sharing Donna