Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How We Repurposed Old T-Shirts

First of all, Hurricane Sandy was graciously brief in our area and we didn't even lose power.  We're saying prayers for others who were not so fortunate.

I found this quick little tutorial and made three bags out of Ben's old, stained t-shirts that he was outgrowing.

The shirts were too precious to him and freighted with memories to cut into rags, and too stained to be thrift store donations. I looked at a bag somebody else made that I have and puzzled out the little boxed corner (I don't know the name) for a little fancy extra.

I did these bags while Ben was at school, so I very brightly presented him with his own Hot Wheels bag when I showed him what I did.  It's all in the presentation, people.  He didn't fuss that I cut up beloved shirts and kept two of them.

I'm keeping these bags in my shopping cart that I wheel down to market.  They are a nice size for keeping produce corralled until I get home and pop it into (reused) plastic bags for the fridge.  I'm very pleased (and a little bummed about all the sweet t-shirts I cut into rags).


  1. Margo, so happy to hear that Sandy didn't do damage for you. Have been worried about you. There was so much damage..My heart goes out to the ones effected .
    I love your idea with the bags.. And you made Ben happy also.. Great job.. They are cute as can be.

  2. that is such a great idea! I always forget to bring bags with me to the grocery store and then end up having to pay for bags. I have a ton of extra t-shirts laying around!

  3. Hallelujah!!!! I was wondering about you today. So glad you are well.

    These would be tres handy for me--just today at the farmers market I was grumbling about the plastic bags I used for my greens.

  4. I've done this with large t-shirts but never thought to use the tiny ones from kids. So cute!

  5. I am glad you and your family are safe and sound.

    These bags are nicer-looking and have sturdier handles than others I have seen that are similar. I'll need to check your link for the instructions! Nice job.

  6. So glad you were ok. We only lost power for 5 minutes. Not too shabby.


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