Amazing Way to Reuse Shirts That Don’t Fit – Easily Make Them Into Tote Bags!

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I stumbled across the most spectacular idea on how to re-use your old t-shirts (or any type of shirt, really) that doesn’t fit. This will work whether it’s too small, too big, or just too short! (#tallgirlproblems)

You can easily make your shirts into your very own original tote bags!

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If you’re not a crafty person don’t freak – neither am I. Seriously, I 100% suck at doing craft type things. I didn’t have very high expectations knowing how terrible I am at stuff like this, but the idea was too cool to pass up – I had to at least give it a shot.

Note: I originally came across this idea on fellow blogger Stacy’s site – Plus Size Fashionista Guide – she’s a fairly new blogger so  if you’re interested check her out and show some support! :)

Tote #1

I first followed this tutorial –

It was straightforward and simple enough, and it didn’t even involve sewing!

I used an old giraffe t-shirt that’s been laying around in the bottom of my dresser for years. It’s cute (and I love giraffes) but I always thought it looked terrible on me, so I never wore it. I thought it’d be the perfect shirt to make into a cute tote bag!

However, afterwards I found it to be a little bit loose on the bottom, and there were big holes in between where I tied the fringe (possibly the result of me not doing it very well) – so I decided to take it a step further and add a lining.

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Bag pictured without lining

How I added the inner lining – (you’ll need a needle and thread or a sewing machine for this part)

  • I took an old pillow case and cut it down to just about the same height as my tote.
  • Then, I took the bag inside out and wrapped the pillow case around so it fit nicely inside – it was a little big, but I molded it so it fit well.
  • To keep the lining in place, I just sewed the top part together around the opening of the tote – you can also sew down the sides and bottom too if you want. (Make sure the thread is the same color as your bag, or a slightly darker shade).
  • Flip it right side out!

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 Since the t-shirt I used was rather thin, this also helped make the bag a lot more sturdy!

Tote #2 –

Since I have so many old shirts that I no longer wear (and lots of them have cool designs!) I wanted to experiment with another way to go about the process of turning a shirt into a bag.

  • Take a t-shirt and simply cut off the sleeves and out around the neckline (just like the second example in the above video)
  • Flip it inside out, and sew along the bottom hem.
  • Flip it back and you have just made yourself a tote bag!

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Tote #3 – I used a tank top!

I also tried one from a tank top – this one involved NO cutting.

I simply flipped it inside out, sewed along the bottom hem, and flipped it back! It took me about 10 minutes!

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This is so cool!

You can even use an old sweater for this if you want, it’d be really thick and sturdy!

If you have any further questions, leave a comment down below!

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Wendy

Hey there, my name is Wendy. At nearly 6', I've always been one of the tallest girls I know. Believe me, I know how frustrating it is trying to find clothing that isn't long enough or doesn't fit properly! It has been and still continues to be sort of a struggle for me. I've come online to share my experiences and help my fellow tall girls! :)

2 Comments

    • Thanks Stacy! They turned out okay for the first time, lol. I think I will attempt to make them better next time.

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