Turn Old T-Shirts into Reusable Grocery Bags!

By Polly

tshirt to grocery bag

Got a stash of old t-shirts hanging around? Put them to good use by turning them into grocery bags!

In the past few years my family has attempted to take small steps towards being a little more kind to the environment. We try to use reusable snack bags,  cloth diaper our little one, use wash cloths instead of paper towels, use pyrex or tupperware instead of Ziplocks, recycle, and buy in bulk.

Another thing we try to do is to use reusable grocery bags. I actually made some bags out of scrap fabric that I’ve been using quite a bit but have stumbled on a MUCH easier way to make your own reusable bags: use old t-shirts!

Turning t-shirts into bags is quick and easy. This one took me 5 minutes. Seriously. 5 minutes.

Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Turn your shirt inside out and sew a straight stitch along the bottom. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.

Step 2: After you’ve turned your shirt back to right side out, use a bowl that is a little larger than the neckline as your template. Draw a line to guide you where to cut. Now, following your line, cut out the neck of your shirt.

Step 3: Cut out the arms of your t-shirt making sure to cut on the inside of the shirt’s seams.

That’s it! Here are some pictures if you are a visual learner.

Turn a Tshirt into bagYou could easily make tons of these bags. I also like that they can be balled up and throw in your purse to use not just at the grocery store but at other stores as well.

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