I love this project! I first saw a posting on this from leethal.net and knew I wanted to try.
I've made two so far. Attached are pictures and easy-peasey instructions on how to turn a T'Shirt into a Tote Bag! This is a DIY NO-SEW PROJECT (my fave - no sewing! lol)
Using the sleeve pieces I told you to put to the side, begin cutting the appropriate amount of strips from the sleeves (in my case I'll need four since I made four cuts) Cut the strips approximate 1/2" thick. One strip at a time, take both ends in your hands a pull on it to make it stretch out and start to curl up.
Place a safety pin through the end of your strip. This is when you may want to grab a magnet to help guide the strip & pin through the seam of the shirt. (I just grabbed any ol' magnet I had on my refrigerator.)
Once you've guided all your strips though the cuts at the bottom, it should look something like this ^
With the strips acting as a drawstring, begin to synch the shirt as tight as you can along all the strips.
After I've pulled them all tightly, I tie each on into an knot and then double it up by knotting them once more to the one beside it, making sure that it will be secure that way.
(Sorry for the cheesy self-portrait, lol, was doing my best to show the bag.)
Bag I made for my mother who loves all things "Chihuahua". :)
Also keep in mind, the bigger the shirt you use the bigger the bag! That being said, a small shirt could make a cute reusable lunch bag or tote for a child. They would also make a nice bag to use for a gift for someone - they get a present AND a handmade, eco-friendly tote bag!
The next one I make my daughter has already requested be "her size", lol. She also wants to add decorations to hers, so I will post after we make her cutesie one which may have some "bedazzling" added with bows and fabric paint. :)