If you didn’t know it, July was Plastic-Free month. The goal was to reduce the amount of plastic you use, and I was up for a challenge.
The immediate down-side was no more online grocery ordering, because plastic bags. So I resolved to start doing my own shopping again, and make some reusable, and cheap, grocery tote bags. Since we were going on a road trip soon anyway, I figured it would give me something to do besides just sitting there in the car.
Making a No-Sew Tote Bag
So, here’s the basic steps outlined. Or you can just follow the great YouTube Video below on how to make these.
- Fold t-shirt in half to that both sleeves are touching; make sure the seams line up well.
- Cut the sleeves off about 1/2 inch in, so the sleeve seam will be gone.
- While the t-shirt is still folded, cut down the side of the collar and then make a half U-shaped cut. Easy peasy.
- Turn the shirt inside out (I always forget that!
- Cut a 3 inch “Fringe” on the bottom of the shirt.
- Tie the fringe into knots to close the bag.
- Then go back and tie another row of knots, using the top thread of the first knot and the bottom thread of the second. This closes up any holes. Then, Presto! You have a grocery tote bag, beach bag, or whatever you need it for. If you take them grocery shopping, just hang then up on the plastic bag holder, so the cashier can still stuff the bags, These hold a LOT more than a standard plastic bag because they are much, much stronger. I had a lot of fun with the printed tees, but striped or solid tees look great, too!
So if you are a visual person, here is a video guide to this project by the bloggers at What’s Up Moms. Now go forth, create, and save the planet!