I’m on a mission to go through every corner, closet, nook, cranny, and drawer of our house to clear the clutter and repurpose, recycle or get rid of of things we no longer need. T-shirts are my latest target (how do we have so many?!) and after repurposing G’s old tees by turning them into reusable disinfectant wipes, I wanted to do something equally productive for the planet with mine and Kate’s.
I die a little death inside each time I pull a plastic produce bag off the roll at the store…but I also die a little death seeing the price tags on the reusable options. I go through a lot of these bags when I shop, so when I saw the idea of making your own produce bags out of t-shirts on Pinterest, it was like hitting the jackpot. Delia Creates (linked above) shows a great how-to on her blog, but it really is as simple as this:
- Cut the top off your shirt.
- Turn it inside out and sew what is now the bottom of your bag closed.
- Use a rotary cutter (or scissors) to cut staggered slits through the fabric and a little handle at the top.
This large-sized produce bag is great for larger, lightweight produce like lettuce and kale:
Next, I upcycled a size 4T t-shirt (that’s already pretty proud to be green) into a fantastic, sturdy little produce bag. I wanted this tee’s fitting green message to appear upright, so I sewed the bottom of the shirt closed and made the neck hole the top of the bag. I also cut off the sides of the shirt to remove the sleeves, and sewed new seams along the sides, leaving me with a small, rectangle bag. I decided to keep this one free of slits throughout to make it extra sturdy, but did use my rotary blade to cut little handles at the top just below the neckline:
I started this project thinking I’d use the larger sized produce t-shirt bags the most, but much to my surprise, the smaller bags – like the one made from this size 4T shirt – are my favorite to grab!
After loving my little 4T-sized produce bag so much, I decided to take it a step further, and upcycled one of Kate’s old onesies as well:
This little gem is my favorite! Similar to the 4T bag, I made this one using the neck hole as the bag’s top. Then I cut and stitched along the sides and bottom to make a rectangle-shaped bag. Lastly, I used my rotary cutter to add a few rows of staggered slits to the bottom:
I made this gray bag from one of my old t-shirts using the instructions at the top of this post, except I decided to skip cutting slits through it, so this one is more like a t-shirt tote. I love it for holding vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots that would always poke through and shred those plastic produce bags.
I love that I found a way to repurpose some of our old shirts, and I REALLY love that I’ll no longer be filling landfills with disposable plastic produce bags! Bonus? These reusable produce bags also qualify for “bring your own bag” credits at the grocery store – They help save the planet, and save you money on your grocery bill!
Like this repurposed project? Check out these other ideas from a few lovely ladies who also share a love of repurposing, recycling, and reusing!
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It All Started with Paint: Gold Dinosaur Necklace
Lovely, Etc: Old Book & Rulers Turned Trinket Box