Make a Shopping Bag out of a T-Shirt.
Then Take it Once Step FURTHER.

My name is Karen. I have 4 reusable shopping bags in my trunk.  No wait.  That’s not right.  Let me count again.

O.K.  done.

My name is Karen.  I have 7,542,376 reusable shopping bags in my trunk.  And 4 hanging off my kitchen doorknob.

Dear stores.  Enough with the shopping bags. I do *NOT* under any circumstances need another reusable shopping bag that has the name of your store on it.  For one thing, I don’t even like your store half the time so why would I walk around advertising for it?  I can’t even find the cheesecloth  in your store.

And once when I was in your store looking reallllyyyy bad, like “OMG. I wonder when Karen became homeless, do you think we should give  her a dollar?” bad, I ran into half the people I went to highschool with.  Who all looked like they just came back from sailing with Ralph Lauren.  So.  Clearly, this is your fault and I do not have a fondness for your store because of it.

So, what’s a logical girl to do when she is overrun with shopping bags?

Make some more.

Of course the very distinct difference between my shopping bags and the ugly, advertising ones from the stores is the fact that MY shopping bags are cute.



I’m sure a lot of you have seen the posts around the Internet on how to make a reusable shopping bag out of a tee shirt.  The first time I saw it was way back in 2007 when Martha Stewart featured it.

Last week I decided I was going to get  rid of the majority of my old, ugly reusable bags and replace them with half decent looking bags that I could throw over my shoulder depending on my mood, outfit or how I thought it would look with whatever produce I was buying sticking jauntily out of the top.  Just kidding on the last one.  Just kidding about just kidding on the last one.

So I made a few different styles of bags, one of which was the tee shirt bag.  It turned out fine.  Just a plain gray tee shirt turned into a reuseable bag.  It’s the one on the right in the picture above.

Step By Step 2


THEN I took it one step further.

I scoured my drawers and the local thrift store for sweaters.   Sweaters.  Yup.  And a chicer bag your toilet paper and tomatoes never will see.

Incidentally … depending on what type of tee shirt or sweater material you’re using this project will take 5 minutes at the least and 10 minutes at the most.

The steps are the same as for the tee shirt bag with one difference.  If your sweater is the type that unravels you need to stitch around the areas you cut.

Sweater 2


1.  Grab yourself an old sweater that you don’t wear anymore.

Maybe it’s itchy. Or ugly.  Or too hot.

Cutting Sleeves


2. Cut the sleeves off.  That’s right.  Cut em off.

When you cut your sleeves make sure you DON’T cut through the seam

where the sleeve is attached to the body of the sweater.  Just just along the outside of that seam on the sleeve side.

This will help your soon to be shopping bag from unravelling like Dina Lohan on the Dr. Phil show.

Sleeves Cut Off


3.  Zig zag or serge around the sleeve opening.  This is not necessary with tee shirts, or with sweaters that don’t unravel.

Then, turn the sweater/tee shirt inside out and sew the bottom together.

Done.  Yes.  You are already done.




And this is what you end up with.

The sweater on the left needed the sleeves zig zagged.

The sweater in the middle did not.

The tee shirt on the end … that’s the fella’s tee shirt, so it’s huge.



If I’m in the grocery store getting crap loads of canned goods and kitty litter and such, I don’t use these bags.  I use the ugly ones.  Sigh.  But if I’m just running in to pick up a few things, I go for the good ones.  And I prance around hoping, P R A Y I N G … I’ll run into those people from highschool again.



Wanna see what that pretty picture above looked like BEFORE I Photoshopped it?  

Have a look here.  The difference is pretty shocking.