T-Shirt Up-cycle Grocery Bag

I have a confession to make, I don’t actually consider myself “GREEN”.  I mean I recycle and I up-cycle and I use a great many organic methods in my gardening but I don’t do it because I want to save the environment (I should mind you but don’t).  The reason I do these things is because it saves me money!

My youngest child moved out of the house on February 1st and of course there was a lot of packing, sorting and what not going on before that.  She ended up with a huge trash bag full of clothes she was going to throw away and I told her to give them to me.  I was originally thinking I’d at least salvage some good fabric to use for quilting or making things for my grand daughter or whatever but as it turned out it was mostly t-shirts and a lot of them were a bit faded, stretched out and what not so not good for what I had in my mind (doesn’t it always work like that?)  SO…I got to thinking what am I going to use these for.  I did actually start crocheting a t-shirt rug but I wanted the rug bright spring type colors and there were a lot of muted colored t-shirts so I decided to make them into grocery bags.  As I said I’m not doing it to be green I am doing it because I have had enough of the very thin plastic bags from the store that you can’t put anything in without breaking them. I have had my canned goods rolling across the yard more times than I care to mention.  SO I made these and while I have not yet brought them to the store with me I know they will fit more and stand up to the test.  Now all I have to do is actually remember to put them back in the car again so I don’t forget to bring them with me.

First I cut the arms off the t-shirt and left the seam still there.  This gives it stability.  Then I took a bowl and cut out a circle around the neck. Depending on the style of the shirt some might need a bigger cut than others.  Use your common sense.  You want a big enough opening to get the groceries but not so big that they would fall out again.  Then I cut the bottom of the t-shirt seam off.  I cut slits up about four inches and then tied them together. It’s a no sew project, just scissors.

And now my food won’t be rolling across the lawn and I’ll have a lot less bags to put into the trash!  Just in time too because even though there are several feet of snow on the ground now I plan for that all to melt soon which will usher in a new season here in New Hampshire.  I know a lot of you call that spring; we call it Mud Season.  For those of you who do not know these are the seasons in New Hampshire: Fall, Winta, More Winta, Mud season and three months of darn poor sleddin’ (summer for the rest of the country).

Arms, Neck and Bottom Cut
Arms, Neck and Bottom Cut

 

Cut Strips
Cut Strips
Tie Strips
Tie Strips
Finished Bag
Finished Bag
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