As I've been cleaning out the closet and dresser drawers, I've come across quite a few t-shirts that are beyond their prime. I cut most of those shirts into rags but there are a couple of really cool printed shirts that I wasn't willing to let meet that fate. A t-shirt tote will give the shirt new life!
The process for creating a t-shirt tote is unbelievably easy. All you need is a shirt, scissors, a sewing machine, and fifteen minutes.
After selecting the shirt you want to turn into a tote, cut off the sleeves. Then, cut a big square where the neck is. Next, turn the shirt inside out and stitch along the bottom hem. Turn your new t-shirt tote right-side-out and you're done! See, I told you it was easy.
This idea originally came from Martha Stewart. She suggests using a bowl to cut out the top of the bag but I prefer a larger opening for the bag.
Images: Jason Loper