Recently, I hosted a library program at which we took old t shirts and re-purposed them into useful tote bags. In celebration of Earth Day, I thought this would be a great way for people to take an old t-shirt that they didn’t wear anymore and turn it into a useful bag to take to the grocery store. The best part is that it requires no sewing skills whatsoever.
First, you turn the t-shirt inside out (if you want the front of the t-shirt to show.). Then, take a good pair of fabric scissors (Don’t cheap out. You’ll be sorry.) and cut off the sleeves of the shirt. Then, cut off the collar with a deep “V”. The shoulders of the shirt will be your handles. Now, line up the bottom edges of the shirt and cut tabs about 2 inches tall and about an inch apart. Also cut the edges of the t-shirt to match the tabs you just cut. Finally, tie each if the corresponding tabs together using double knots. and turn your t-shirt right-side out.
I have done this craft with teens and adults, both of whom enjoyed it immensely. It also gave me the opportunity to talk about taking reusable bags to the grocery store instead of using the plastic ones. The library where I work encourages us to focus on local, state or national issues. Helping the environment and reducing waste is an issue that affects everyone, globally and locally.