No reusable bags? No worries! Here are 2 ways on how to create a reusable bag out of a t-shirt!
Do you ever notice how many plastic bags surround our everyday life? Too many to count. Because plastic bags are cheap and easy to make in high quantities, those wasteful products flood our stores, landfills and our streets. Yeah, plastic bags are convenient, but at what cost? Much of the plastic used to create bags come from oil, which harms our Earth when extracted. There is a simple solution for this problem; refuse plastic bags and BYOB, Bring Your Own Bag. Reusable bags can be bought at various stores but can be rather expensive — plus, energy and materials are still used to produce more and more bags.
Here is a way to cut-down on costs and garbage by making your own reusable bag out of that old T-shirt that has been hiding in your closet for years. No sewing machine required, although a sewing machine can produce a more durable bag.
Old T-shirt (durable cotton fabric works best, the fabric shouldn’t be too stretchy or else your fruits and veggies will be sliding on the floor alongside you at the store)
Scissors (fabric scissors work best)
Fabric pencil (Optional)
Sewing machine (Optional)
Turn your old T-shirt inside out, then cut off the sleeves and neckline. At the bottom of the shirt, measure 2.5 inches from the bottom, mark with fabric pencil (optional), then cut 1-inch tabs to the 2.5 inch mark.
Tie all the lil’ tabs opposite to each other to closeup the bottom. I recommend double tying the knots to make the bag more secure.
Turn the bag right side out, and badabing, badaboom! You have yourself a groovy reusable bag that you can roll up and bring anywhere you go.
With Sewing Machine:
Turn your favorite old school T-shirt inside out, then cut off the sleeves and neckline. At the bottom of the shirt, measure 2.5 inches from the bottom, mark with fabric pencil.
Stitch the bottom of the shirt together to close up the bottom. Then, to clean up and reinforce the bag, stitch a hem for the arm holes and neckline.
Turn the bag right side out and behold! You have yourself a super rad reusable bag that you can roll up and bring anywhere you go.
DO NOT FORGET TIP: Wash that shit every once in a while. Nobody wants little germs hanging around.
Now you can get your groceries knowing you’re helping to cut down waste. Some places will even give you a little discount for Bringing Your Own Bag. Right on, dude.