One of the hardest tasks when it comes to making a t-shirt grocery bag, is perhaps choosing the appropriate t-shirt to begin with. It seems silly to cut into an otherwise wearable t-shirt, so always good to choose one that is slightly past its best, or one that no longer fits.
The bag shown here, has been made using an op-shopped men's sleeveless tee. I know I may be contradicting myself here, because the shirt is not necessarily unwearable, however, I figure if it has been donated, then its someone's unwanted shirt, right?
I liked the shirt's Hawaiian feel, plus, I had an idea to use the bottom 1/4 brown jersey strip (more on that at a later date).
Cutting your t-shirt to create your bag shape can be done in three simple snips, along each side (my t-shirt is sleeveless, you might find you have a t-shirt with sleeves to be removed), and cutting away the neckline. I also chose to cut a line along the bottom, only because, as mentioned above, I have a plan with the 1/4 bottom cut away strip. To make a deeper bag, no need to cut along the bottom:
Next task is to sew three straight lines, what I forget to omit in my photograph here, is that sewing should be done inside out:
And that, my friends, is it. Nothing fancy, and not difficult, but makes for an attractive grocery bag without the need to reach for the plastic. I might also add that t-shirt grocery bags are pretty sturdy too, here it holds 7 avocado's! (because avocados are my latest obsession):
For plain t-shirts, you could also try these:
Tutorial found on delia creates
This project shared with And Sew We Craft