DIY Grocery Bag from an Old Shirt | Skip the Plastic at the Check Out!

Like many of you, ever since I saw the "Washed Ashore" exhibition at the Rockport Center for the Arts I have been thinking about plastic (and packaging)--specifically how to reduce my usage, or to reuse the plastic containers I do acquire. This idea isn't mine, but I wanted to pass this DIY project on to the WWN readers. Kimmi Moake over at Coastal Bend Health Foods as well as ("Mrs. Mayor") Susan Wax have been spotted sporting these types of bags around town...setting a wonderful example for us all! This would be such a great project to work on with children or grandchildren during the summer months. Who doesn't have a few old t-shirts sitting around?! ...So the next time you go shopping, SKIP THE PLASTIC! We're all in this together.

There are a few way to make these, but here is the way I think is the easiest:

  1. Start with an old, clean (& sturdy-ish) t-shirt
  2. Cut around the neck, and down the sleeves (see image of red t-shirt above).
  3. Sew along the bottom of the shirt, joining the front and back together. Voila!
    • Don't sew? No Problem...Try using staples, or create a drawstring effect as seen on right in orange.)
    • If you wish to get a little more sophisticated in your sewing: First turn the shirt inside out, then sew across the bottom, before turning right side out again...Just like you might sew a pillow.
Jazz it up:
  • To create a more fruit and veggie friendly bag, cut 1 inch holes across the shirt from left to right. See image above and on right. This allows air to circulate. Hang the bag from the ceiling or a cabinet as a funky hanging fruit/veggie holder!
  • Cut fringe around the bottom of the shirt/bag before sewing the front and back together above the fridge. Ooooo fancy! Add beads for some festive flare.
Good luck! - Alicia


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