I had this really cute t-shirt that I love so much BUT it shrank to about 2 sizes too small. I sat around and thought about what I could do with it. I really wanted to still use it for myself so I went with BAG!! :D
Here is how the shirt was before! SO CUTE!!!
STEP 1 –
Cut off the sleeves!
STEP 2 –
Cut off the bottom, leaving plenty of room for the bottom seam, according to how big you want your bag to be.
STEP 3 –
Cut off the sides, going straight down from the edge of the shoulder.
STEP 4 –
Cut off the shoulder seams.
STEP 5 –
Take the bottom of the shirt that you cut off and cut in half. Then take each piece and cut at the seams so that you have 2 long strips. These will turn into the handle.
Actually…… You just need to cut it at the seam, now that I think about it. LOL
When I started making the bag, I wasn’t sure if I would make one handle or two. Since I just made one, cutting them in half isn’t necessary. You will just fold in half long ways and press.
SO, just cut it at the seam for one long piece! ;)
STEP 6 –
I cut a piece of black fleece and pinned it to the wrong side of the back piece of the shirt.
Then I zigzag stitched it on making an inside pocket.
STEP 7 –
Take the long piece for the handle, fold it in half and press. Next, pin it and sew just the long side seam, making a long open ended tube.
Turn it right side out and press.
STEP 8 –
Place the handle on the RIGHT side of the back piece and pin the ends to the shoulders.
Now, pin the rest of the handle out of the way of all the edges.
STEP 9 –
Take the front of the bag and place it face down over the other parts. Line it up and pin.
Now, sew all along the edges, leaving the neck part open.
Turn it all right side out and press!!!
Now you have a great bag and you didn’t have to give away your cute tee!!! :D
I found that the handle was a little too long for my liking so I just tied a knot in it. ;)
Let me know what you think!
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HAVE FUN SEWING!!!!