Make a Reusable Shopping Bag from an Old T-Shirt

I’m always on the lookout for creative uses for t-shirts. We have a bunch collecting dust in our closets and they are readily available at resale shops.Martha Stewart has a fabulous idea for making a reusable shopping tote out of t-shirts. What a fun way to reuse all those souvenir and college tees. This bag is simple to make:

Sew the very bottom of the t-shirt together, then cut off the sleeves, and cut around the neckline. I’m already thinking up ways to fancy this up (reinforcing the top and using ribbon trim and handles, etc). Visit Martha’s link to watch a video and get step by step directions.

This project is simple, so even my youngsters can make these with minimal help– the bags make wonderful sleepover packs. (Pssst… you can also make pillowcases.)

What other reuse projects do you know of using old t-shirts?

By Jamie Ervin, Green Options


Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins3 years ago

I want to make something out of my two Buffy the Vampire Slayer t-shirts. They are size large and I am a small so I'm not going to be wearing them.

paul m.
paul m3 years ago

Thanks ..

Rose Becke3 years ago

If only I could sew

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


Interstellar Daydreamer
Sky Price3 years ago


Teo N.
Teo N3 years ago

Good ideas

Ana Passos
Ana Passos3 years ago

will do

Val M.
Val M3 years ago


Silvia Gonzalez
Silvia Gonzalez3 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you