Supplies: button up shirt, ruler, fabric scissors, straight pins, sewing machine
Time: 1 hour or so
I’ve always loved the idea of using old clothes for new purposes. My favorite creative blog is New Dress A Day, where Marisa Lynch finds ridiculously ugly old dresses and transforms them into something cute and wearable. I’ve tried that kind of clothing up-cycle a few times, but my sewing skills just aren’t there yet. But when I found this article a few weeks ago I thought I could probably handle it. So today I turned a beautiful old shirt into a bag.
I started with the shirt spread out on the floor. I measured a square in the middle of the shirt. There were a couple pockets on the front that I decided to include on the bag.
I pinned and sewed straight down the button area to make sure my bag wouldn’t unbutton. Then I hemmed the tops of the squares and pinned the two squares together.
Once three sides were sewn up. I cut two long pieces of ribbon and pinned them to the top of the bag to make straps.
I stitched the straps down, turned the bag right side out, and ironed it flat. Now I have a new tote! Now what am I going to put in it? No idea.
This is a really good project for me because I tend to hang onto clothes for way too long. It’s a great way to keep using them without wearing them long after they’re ready to retire.