Time for some "Green" DIY!

It's a Green Month--Let's Get Green With An Up-cyle DIY!

Written by Gayle

I'm always looking for ways to use old t-shirts.  We have so many from all of the sports, events, teams and souvenirs over the years.  So when I saw this idea, I jumped at the chance to give it a try.  

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Cut out a bag shape from your old t-shirt.  I kept the hem on mine--it will be the top of the bag, where the handle is cut.

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There's not a real trick here--just cut the size you want.  Remember that the bag will stretch lengthwise, so it's ok to make it shorter rather than longer.

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Then put the right sides together and sew all along the raw edge.  I used a zig-zag stitch that catches the raw edges, so the seam is very small, and I didn't try to finish it more than that.  (It's just the inside of that bag anyway, so it doesn't have to look pretty.)

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Turn the bag right side out, and then lay flat on the table.  Mark where you want to cut the slits.  I made my lines about 1/2 inch apart, and the cuts about 1 1/2 inches long.  You can see they stagger and overlap a little.  Start about 3-4 inches below the top of the bag (the hemmed edge here) to allow for a handle.  Cut through both layers of fabric.  I did not cut through my side seam at all.

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I used my scissors that have a spring in them to help ease the strain for some of this, and then I used my rotary cutter, which was a lot easier and a lot less strain.  But you have to be careful to not make the slits too long.  I didn't get a picture of it, but I cut a longer slit in the center top for the handle.  I cut mine about 5 inches long.  If you want to carry your bag over your shoulder you'll want a larger opening.

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Then s-t-r-e-t-c-h out the bag!  I was not too happy with the looks of my slits, but once I stretched it out it didn't matter at all!

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These bags are great for larger fruits and vegetables so I won't have to use so much plastic!  These bags can be washed just like a t-shirt and can be used for years.  

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Think of all of the ways you can use these bags!  Take them to the beach or park with sand toys --  Or as a bag for sandals or an extra towel.  

Let's all try to get a little greener!  

Love,

Lassen's