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How to Upcycle Your T-shirt to a Tote Bag

Upcycle your favorite T-shirt into a fun tote bag that’s perfect for the beach. No sewing skills are needed – just scissors and a cute T-shirt!

Hi Kenarry readers, it’s Lori back again from Greco Design Company and I’m here today to show you how to upcycle your favorite T-shirt into a fun tote bag that’s perfect for the beach – no sewing required!

upcycle your favorite T-shirt into a fun tote bag perfect for the beach - and no sewing needed

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All you need for this project is a T-shirt, scissors and a ruler. Easy peasy!

What I love too about this project is that you don’t need to buy anything. I used some old T-shirts that my daughter had outgrown, and one T-shirt of mine that I really loved but it just didn’t fit right anymore. Instead of throwing these cute T’s away, give them a new life as either a small or large tote bag. And I found that these bags are perfect for the beach. Which I promise will be here soon enough!

greco design shows us how to upcycle our favorite T-shirt to a fresh tote bag

Here are the steps for transforming your cute T-shirt into a tote bag:

all the materials you need to upcycle your favorite T-shirt to a fresh tote bag

First, gather your cute T-shirt(s), ruler and a good pair of scissors. The larger the T-shirt, the larger the bag, it’s that simple! I’ve used all 100% cotton T’s and they work great.

greco design shows us how to upcycle our favorite T-shirt to a fresh tote bag

Cut the sleeves, neckline and bottom seam off your T. I ended up trimming the neckline along the back of the T so that it was even with the front too.

greco design shows us how to upcycle our favorite T-shirt to a fresh tote bag

Next, using your ruler, cut 1″ wide strips anywhere from 5-10″ up along the bottom of your T. I wanted my octopus bag to be pretty deep so I cut my strips only 5″ high. The longer you cut the strips, the longer the fringe will be, and the less deep your bag will be.

greco design shows us how to upcycle our favorite T-shirt to a fresh tote bag

Then, hold the top of each strip down (where they attach to the T) and pull each strip to the end until it stretches out. The strips will curl in and this is just what you want.

greco design shows us how to upcycle our favorite T-shirt to a fresh tote bag

Finally, tie the strips into square knots. Take the top and bottom matching strips and tie them together, until all the strips are tied.

greco design shows us how to upcycle our favorite T-shirt to a fresh tote bag

Trim off any stay threads and now you have a fun beach – or anywhere – tote that you can stuff with flip flops, snacks and some good beach reading.

upcycle your favorite T-shirt to a fresh tote bag with some fabric flowers

If you want to add a little something extra to your tote – or your T is just too plain for your liking – you can hot glue fabric flowers right onto the bag. I bought these flowers at Joann Fabrics and added them to one of my smaller totes.

upcycle our favorite T-shirt to a fresh tote bag with added fabric flowers

This upcycle project makes for a great rainy day activity. And it’s a great way to hold onto that favorite T-shirt – especially for those little ones who outgrow their adorable clothes so quickly! This also makes a fun birthday party activity. Lots of possibilities!

upcycle your favorite T-shirt into a fun tote that’s perfect for the beach - no sewing required

If you enjoyed this post, check out some of my other upcycled DIY posts:

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Upcycled Gold Desk Organizer

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