Lumberjack Sack!
$4 DIY Shopping Bag


You might remember a while ago I did a post on how to make t-shirt shopping bags.  If you’re looking for a quick and easy Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza/Saw my first Snowflake in the shape of The Fonz, you should give them a shot.

IF you’d like to step up to the plate and go above and beyond and all the rest of the things descripbed in overused cliche phrases then read on!

I have for you today what might be the most elegant, hick bag I’ve ever seen.  Certainly the most elegant,  hick bag I’ve ever made.  All for the low, low price of $4.

Lace up your Kodiaks or Cougar Boots ladies … we’re making a Lumberjack Sack.



Lumberjack Sack 1
Lumberjack Sack 2
Lumberjack Sack 3
Lumberjack Sack 4

Lumberjack Sack Final


The hip.  The elegant.  The Lumberjack Sack.



  1. Lori Dumont says:

    I can’t read the rest of the instructions on the sleeves, I tried to zoom in & out but it gets distorted. Just disappointed I can’t figure out how to do the sleeves.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lori! Sorry about that, I have NO idea what went wonky with that photo or how long it’s been like that. I’m glad you pointed it out. I’ve reloaded the photo and it’s full sized now. ~ karen!

    • QuakerMaid says:

      I’m STILL having probs making the sleeve-handle, even with the photo the way it currently is.
      I don’t understand how to do it.
      I tried both sleeves and neither turned out right. I adjusted, but it doesn’t look nearly as good as in the photo of yours.

      • Karen says:

        Hi QuakerMaid. Is there a particular photo you’re having trouble deciphering? If you can attach a photo I might be able to help. Basically what you’re doing is cutting one sleeve in half, folding each half in half again (right sides together) and sewing a seam in each of them. Then turning it right side out again. ~ karen!

  2. Geli says:

    Hi…i love this idea…i made a lumperjack bag from my “Dad-Memory-Shirt”. My Dad died 15 years ago…since this time the old Shirt was hanging in my locker….know i mad a Memory-bag from it
    Lumperjackbag-Dad Memory thank you for inspiration !! – i set a link on your side…OK ?
    Greetings from Germany – Angelika

  3. G-Mon says:

    Just a thought; the other sleve is not used so why not make extra pockets on the back side with it.

  4. Sandy says:

    I just so enjoy you. You have such great ideas and wit. I’m still not over the Christmas lights to keep the chickens water from freezing. I bought some lights a couple of days ago. Now if we could only get out of the 70’s so I could put them to use.

  5. Sara says:

    LOVE that the ad directly under your final pic was for COACH handbags! So, friends, if my lumberjack bag doesn’t turn out quite as cute as Karen’s, COACH has my back…for a slightly different price tag…ahem. (And I say MY lumberjack bag as though I’m going to make this, but we all know that ACTUALLY I’m one of those crazed people that forgot to take the Christmas pledge, so we all know what I’m REALLY doing! Ha!)

  6. JebberA says:

    Age, 13 … Cougar boots with the red tongue out of course! Hmmmm, Now that i’m single and over 40, the exact same phrase has a whole different slant to it.

  7. Shauna says:

    Totally dig the handle, going that one step further made all the difference. Soooo cool.

  8. mickey says:

    Love it!!!

  9. Barbie says:

    I think my husband has a really nice wool shirt that I can use! I wonder if he’ll notice when I am carrying it around my shoulder? ha! I think I want to try and sew the collar off though. Turn it under or something. Or leave it there and stick a mannequin head out of it! LOL It just looks like it needs a head there! LOL Love it Karen.

  10. Dawna Jones says:

    I’m speechless! And not in a good way Karen! REALLY?

  11. ruth says:

    hahaha! excellent!

  12. Brenda J. M says:

    That wonderful wardrobe standard from high-school in the 70s! Ah, now I can be an old bag, carrying an old bag. hahaha..
    I do love a good lumber-jacket shirt.
    This is a great remake Karen.

  13. Nancy says:

    Gotta show this to my Guy..Cause I think guys would like this for toting groceries..Does the Fella know you cut up his shirt for this??

  14. Teresa Messick says:

    Raiding my dad’s closet for one of these shirts as he has ton’s of them. Might even be able to score one that belonged to my late grandfather. Wouldn’t that be cool to make one that still smells like his Old Spice aftershave? Oh, I can’t wait! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Mary Werner says:

    Nice project and love the sleeve and how your mind works, which is why I tune in every morning just to be amazed!

  16. Tisha says:

    I love it! I had forgotten all about the tshirt shopping bags until now, I need to make some of those

  17. Judi says:

    Cute Cute Cute…. I’m raiding my husbands closet tonight….

  18. patti says:

    Yay Karen! My collection of bag tutorials wouldn’t be complete without the Lumberjack Sack!! Thanks a million!

  19. kel m says:

    Cuteness! Wish I knew a lumberjack to make this for….

    On a side note….my Christmas would be perfect if you would do a Holiday installation of “Will they eat it?” -love those chickens!

  20. mimiindublin says:

    Bag rocks, but handle ROCKS!!!

  21. Amber says:

    This just makes me happy.

  22. Kat says:

    Now this is cool!!! Thrift store here I come. How totally Canadian is this!!! The T shirt bag was good but I kept in the back of my head that it could get better. AND you did it. LOVE IT! Thanks!!!

  23. estee says:

    /Saw my first Snowflake in the shape of The Fonz????!!! I’m rolling!!!

  24. Laura Bee says:

    Love the way you did the handle! What’s the word I’m looking for? Ah yes – simply elegant!

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