With all the hits that my post about getting armpit stains out of t-shirts (240,000+) has received…I am beginning to see what a love affair we have with our t-shirts. We will go to great lengths to keep them bright, white and clean…and when that fails we find OTHER ways to use them! The thought of just throwing one away without at least giving it one last chance at a re-purposed life is almost unthinkable! I mean that is some perfectly good, soft, lived-in cloth we’re talking about.
Some of the things I’ve seen done with recycled t-shirts lately are pictured here. Dishcloths, pillows, bracelets, necklaces, etc etc etc. But my 2 favorite so far have got to be these T-shirt Grocery Bags…and this T-shirt Headband. It might have something to do with the fact that they are BOTH super-duper easy! But I actually think it has MORE to do with the fact that they are just plain cool!
T-Shirt Grocery Bags
The other day I was going through my boys vast t-shirt collection and getting rid of the ones they no longer wear for one reason or another. I ended up with 3 perfectly good t-shirts that were too small now and were just begging to be given another chance. So I decided to make a few more of these grocery bags that I first discovered back in Nov. Right now I only have the one I made…and that just won’t cut it when shopping for 3 “boys” every week.
Both of these “tutorials” are SO easy….they really don’t even require instructions. I think the pictures can speak for themselves.
- #1: Get a pair of scissors. :-) (Or “get a scissors”, according to the hubster. How do you say it?? I’m certain I’m right! lol)
- #2: Cut off collar with your PAIR OF SCISSORS! :-) I just free-handed a dotted line with a Sharpie just to have something to follow.
- #3: Cut of sleeves just inside the seam.
- #4: Turn t-shirt inside out and sew a seam along the bottom.
- #5: Trim the excess seam (completely optional…you just just leave it.)
- #6: Turn right side out and you’re done! (Is being “done” a step? So many questions!)
A couple of things about these bags….they hold a TON OF STUFF!!! Which is GOOD, unless you just keep filling them until they are super full and you can’t even LIFT them. Just keep that in mind. Also, they are super STRONG! Don’t have to worry about these babies busting a seam and sending a sackful of produce rolling across the parking lot!
The ONLY thing I have found to be tricky about using these bags for grocery shopping is actually REMEMBERING to TAKE THEM grocery shopping! (So if any of you reading this see me at the grocery store without my t-shirt bags…just assume I have forgotten them…once again.) But I am trying a new tactic. I moved them to this little wall-thingy with pegs that hangs right by our door to the garage…hopefully this will be the reminder I need.
Start out with……guess what??? An old t-shirt! :-) In this case it was a perfectly good t-shirt my 16 year old had somehow managed to get bleach spots on. (It certainly couldn’t have been moi!) But since I’d been on the lookout for a t-shirt I could use to do this project I only PRETENDED to be dismayed. Inside I was thinking…..blue….I can work with blue! ;-) No one tell him that.
I first saw this idea at: zakkalife.blogspot.com
I’ve seen other t-shirt headband tutorials that involve braiding the strips of material…but I wasn’t as impressed. I love how this one is a little more bohemian-looking and gives you the option of spreading the strands apart or smooshing them together.
Cut off sleeves. Cut 4 strips from each sleeve. S T R E T C H each t-shirt ring (This causes the cool curling effect). Stack them together, with seams lined up. Take the piece of the t-shirt sleeve that was the hem, snip it then wrap it around the seam portion of rest of the t-shirt rings. Glue it to keep in place. (You can also just tie it in a knot…but I liked the flattened, smoother look better.)
(A special thank you to my new daughter-in-law Kaitlyn for acting as headband model for me!) I let her keep the headband. Big of me don’t you think? ;-) Actually, after I saw how cute it looked on her, a WANTED her to have it. It suits her. :-)