The internet is flooded with ways to “go green” and help the environment. Whenever there is a way to help our great planet, I am a big fan of doing what I can! I have run across many how-to videos on ways to convert a t-shirt into a tote bag.
As a huge advocate for the four R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Re-purpose I will show step by step in this photo blog with an accompanying video, a detailed way on how you can do all four in one great project and add in a bit of crochet magic to make this project even more amazing!! We will be Recycling an old t-shirt and Re-purposing it into a market bag, thus Reducing the amount of plastic bags that go into the landfills. ANDDD, you can Reuse it over and over! Help the environment and look stylish while doing it! It’s a win/win!
Materials you will need:
Tee shirt, Yarn, Crochet Hook, Ruler, Sharpie, Cardboard, Scissors, Rotary Cutter (skip stitch blade), Yarn Needle
Lay your tee shirt out flat
Draw lines around the neckline and the sleeves to cut
Cut those lines (Cutting off sleeves and neckline)
Turn your shirt inside out and grab your ruler
Draw 3 inch lines 1 inch apart all along the bottom
Cut along those lines (see video tutorial for visual instructions)
Tie those strips into knots
The bottom will “bunch up,” do not stretch it out. Tie some more knots to reinforce the bottom
The next step is optional as you can crochet around the handles.
Get your skip-stitch blade and run it along the edges to create holes.
You can get your own skip stitch blade here
Single crochet around everything.
See video tutorial to learn how to do this part.
Voilà!! Your bag is done! Enjoy!
Take it shopping! Go Green!
Use it as a market bag, diaper bag, or a book bag.
The uses for this awesome project are endless!
Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make your own:
Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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