June 9, 2009

bobbie’s tee tote tutorial!

tee totes

a few months ago i got the nicest package in the mail!  pete’s aunt bobbie made this super crafty, recycley t-shirt tote bag and sent me not just the bag itself, but a supernice note with a how-to for making my own!  so flippin awesome!  so this is bobbie’s tutorial, brought to you by do stuff!

bobbie's bag w/note bobbie's bag

start by choosing a fun t-shirt to recycle (i found this one at the bins!) and cut out rectangles from the front and back.  the best way (and bobbie’s way) is to cut equal sized rectangles from each side, but i hacked it a little because my image was on the back and the front collar went down too far – if i cut the pieces equal sizes, i would have cut into the image.  so i cut the back piece bigger than the front, and evened it out later when sewing the sides.

but now, back to the next step… after cutting the rectangles, sew the bottoms together with right sides facing.  stitch it twice for extra durability.

tee tote tutorial tee tote tutorial

then sew up the 2 sides.  since my pieces were uneven, i lined up the top, and stitched down to the bottom, so that bottom seam is off center.

then fold the top edge inwards and sew a hem around.  next, cut two handle pieces from old jeans, or other sturdy fabric (but the jeans work great – fabulous idea, bobbie!) in stripes about 22 inches by 2 inches.  fold the strips in half lengthwise and sew up the edges (i sewed 3 lines, for extra flatness and just for fun).  attach the handles to the bag equal distances in from the sides, by sewing a box with an x for strength.  i sewed mine on to the outside, bobbie sewed hers in the inside, so you choose!

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lastly, you need to make a flat bottom for your bag… i messed up on this step, partly because my off-center bottom seam made it much more difficult, and partly because my bag is extra narrow so i needed to sew in a much shorter distance.  so, pictured is bobbie’s well-done bottom, and, instructions in her words: with the bag inside-out, fold a triangle by lining up the bottom seam with the side seam.  stitch across about 4 inches down from the point (adjust for your bag size as needed); repeat on the other side.

tee tote tutorial

my finished bag!

tee tote tutorial my bag

yay! thanks bobbie!!

Filed under: general crafts,tutorials — leethal @ 8:51 pm
  • Amy W

    Tee hee… “Bobbie’s well-done bottom”!

  • http://www.inkfruit.com/ Priyanka D

    this is really cool!

  • http://www.inkfruit.com Priyanka D

    this is really cool!

  • http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/ Emily Flippin Maruna

    uhm…where did you get your portland lacrosse shirt?

  • http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com Emily Flippin Maruna

    uhm…where did you get your portland lacrosse shirt?

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  • http://sewing.craftgossip.com/ Anne Weaver

    Aunt Bobbie rocks!!! I posted a link to your tutorial at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-tote-bag-from-a-tee/2009/06/12/
    –Anne

  • http://sewing.craftgossip.com/ Anne Weaver

    Aunt Bobbie rocks!!! I posted a link to your tutorial at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-tote-bag-from-a-tee/2009/06/12/
    –Anne

  • http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/ Shannon

    Couldn’t resist posting this great tutorial in our link luv roundup. Come take a peek:
    http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2009/06/link-luv-roundup_13.html
    Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com Shannon

    Couldn’t resist posting this great tutorial in our link luv roundup. Come take a peek:
    http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2009/06/link-luv-roundup_13.html
    Thanks for sharing :)

  • Carolina

    HI, Just wanted to let you know you are awesome! I love your stuff and love that you share it. I have a daughter that loves what I make for her from your site. Keep it up!!!

  • Carolina

    HI, Just wanted to let you know you are awesome! I love your stuff and love that you share it. I have a daughter that loves what I make for her from your site. Keep it up!!!

  • http://knitnride.blogspot.com/ Lanora

    Thanks for sharing the tote pattern. Love anything t-shirt related. Your skirt rocked too!

  • http://knitnride.blogspot.com Lanora

    Thanks for sharing the tote pattern. Love anything t-shirt related. Your skirt rocked too!

  • http://www.xboutiquex.blogspot.com/ Winn

    I saw this tut’ and made myself one of these fun bags. I have to say this is a great tutorial and makes a great project for beginner sewers. I found the perfect straps for my tshirt bag…very cool, never thinking about anything other than man those are gonna look awesome. So I sewed them on…yeah, they’re elastic bands!! Every sewer/crafter is in shock at the stupidity I know!! I could rip them off I know and fix it but I think I’ll leave them and hang the bag up next to my sew machine, just a reminder of what NOT to do ;) Thanks for this tutorial, I added it to my blog of favorite crafts & tutorials websites.

  • http://www.xboutiquex.blogspot.com Winn

    I saw this tut’ and made myself one of these fun bags. I have to say this is a great tutorial and makes a great project for beginner sewers. I found the perfect straps for my tshirt bag…very cool, never thinking about anything other than man those are gonna look awesome. So I sewed them on…yeah, they’re elastic bands!! Every sewer/crafter is in shock at the stupidity I know!! I could rip them off I know and fix it but I think I’ll leave them and hang the bag up next to my sew machine, just a reminder of what NOT to do ;) Thanks for this tutorial, I added it to my blog of favorite crafts & tutorials websites.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/makingreusableshoppingbags maria

    Love that tutorial and posted it on my Squidoo site about
    making tote bags.

    Maria

  • http://www.squidoo.com/makingreusableshoppingbags maria

    Love that tutorial and posted it on my Squidoo site about
    making tote bags.

    Maria

  • Amy W

    Tee hee… “Bobbie's well-done bottom”!

  • Hailie Brashear

    I'm always looking for new projects, especially those that are eco-friendly.
    This is an awesome project to work on, thank you!

  • Dana

    Great tutorial! I also saw a tutorial like this with a sleevless shirt – where the sleeves were used as handles. I tried it with a couple of shirts, matching up the bottom hems and sewing them to make the bottom all cinched up and added a flower to the top and center. Turned out cute, except one of them was of a very stretchy material – so it feels awkward to use – I think I might be able to fix it by sewing the sides the same way I did the bottom. I have way too many old sleevless tops, so this is a fun and easy project. =D

  • Mdheinsews

    i saw a neat idea in a book the other day-use the sleeve & part of the side seam for under a white silk blouse as sweat shield. so then the rest of the T-shirt could be used for this Tote. thanks!!!

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