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Total transformation with minimal effort. Make a designer shopping bag from a plain T-Shirt! To make this net-look bag you need only one machine-stitched seam and a whole load of slits. Mark the slit positions with a fabric pen then cut them out with scissors.

For each bag all you need is:

One T-shirt.

Sewing thread.

Magic chalk.

Scissors, or craft knife or rotary cutter and cutting mat.

Turn shirt wrong side out. Lay front and back smoothly one on top of the other. Use magic chalk to mark to lower bag curve, close to neck edge and sleeve attachment seams – the hem edge of the shirt will be the upper edge of the bag.

Stitch along the marked curve. Trim away sleeves and neck edge close to stitching.

Mark slits: Mark a horizontal line 12 cm (4 3/4 ins) below upper edge of bag. Mark further lines below the first line, spaced 1 to 4 cm (3/8 to 1 5/8 in) apart (on blue bag, lines are 1 cm/ 3/8 in apart; on red bag, 4 cm/ 1 5/8 in apart). Mark lowest line approx. 5 cm (2 ins) above lower bag seam (meas­ured at center of bag). On these lines, mark slits, 3 cm (1 1/4 in) long, stag­gering slits from line to line. Cut slits, cutting slits on front and back at the same time and always ending 1 cm (3/8 in) from the side seams. Mark the 15 cm (6 ins) long carrying slit in center of bag, approx. 5 cm (2 ins) below upper edge.

Cut slit as marked. Turn bag right side out and stretch slightly horizontally, to make slit edges roll under.

Happy DIYing!

6 Comments

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    Jul 18, 2015, 04.59 PMby SheilaF

    Thats magnificent… I would love to see more of your work. | Alice

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    May 9, 2013, 01.06 PMby Queenamy612

    This bag is great!!! My17 year old daughter loves it. She takes it to the beach. My 7 year old daughter uses hers for her beach toys too. I made mine, with two t shirts , the shirt with the holes on the outside, and a different color shirt, with out the holes on the inside. I take my ipad and everything else to the beach in it. Great idea thanks for sharing it!!!

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    Apr 17, 2013, 08.06 AMby Charlotte Blakey

    Wouldn’t it just stretch out of shape or break if it’s full of heavy shopping? I’ll stick to my jute bag thanks!

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    Mar 25, 2013, 01.48 PMby liezelee

    Your fashion statement reflects what personality do you have, whether you can be an organized person or not. – J. Kale Flagg

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    Mar 20, 2013, 11.54 PMby Nwnoway

    looks nice… but why? It doesn’t look sturdy enough for groceries, can’t hold smaller objects, and not sure if I need a bag for fashion shopping….

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    Mar 20, 2013, 03.16 PMby Gurda8

    Just think of the possibilities…it’s a great idea!

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