Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Reuse, Recycle

I (along with most of you, I'm sure) really dislike plastic bags. Unfortunately, I am not known to be the most organised girl and often find I am caught without a reusable bag, so it always helps to have a few around the house, in my handbag, etc.

Recently, the Vancouver Craft Mafia was asked to do a crafty spot on a local tv show, that showcased quick an easy crafts. Ones that showed what you can do with things around the house, and something you can whip up pretty quickly without needing too much time or a whole lot of crafty knowledge. My contribution was a super easy t-shirt grocery bag that takes about 10min and works like a dream!

I find that small or medium size shirts work best, as the fabric will stretch a bit with stuff in it so you don't want it dragging along behind you. I would also recommend using...I don't really know what you call it, but the t-shirt fabric that is a little thicker and more sturdy, not that really soft kind. So precise, I know.

What you want to do, is turn the t-shirt inside out and sew up the bottom (remember to back stitch at the beginning and end). I like to use the bottom seam as a guide, sewing just on the left of it.

You're then going to lay the t-shirt out flat, with the neck facing you. Once you've done this, cut off both the sleeves at their seam. Again, cut to the left of the seam about half an inch or so.

You will then be left with a what is basically a muscle tee (thankfully you've already sewn the bottom up, so as to not be tempted to pop it on and relive the glory of the 80s). You're now going to cut out the neckline in a big scoop to form the top opening/handles. I tend to start cutting about an inch or two out from the neck seam, how far down you cut is up to you, remembering to keep enough room to hold your groceries!

Sadly, I forgot to take a shot of this bag all finished, but I'm sure you get the idea from the image up top there.

So there you go, eco-friendly craft in minutes!


Urban Environmentalist said...

What a fabulous idea! You're definately not the only one who is caught without a bag. It would be useful to have a few of these tucked away somewhere. Thanks for the DIY instructions :)

Amber said...

You're awesome.

What a fab idea.

Penny said...

That's such a great idea, I'm going to make myself one! Thanks so much for sharing!

lyn tupaea said...

you never cease to amaze me becka (: xxx mum