Take your school T-shirt from last year and turn it into a cool sports tote for this year. Perfect for toting around your gym gear, this easy DIY tote bag tutorial shows you how to upcycle your school T-shirt from last year into a versatile and useful bag. With some fast cutting and a few quick seams, you are finished. These T-shirt sport totes are strong and washable. Follow the steps to make one for yourself.
- Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
1. Chop the sleeves
Lay your T-shirt on a flat surface. With your scissors, carefullly cut the T-shirt at the sleeves where they are sewn to the body. Do this on both sides.
2. Cut away the collar
Next carefully cut below the collar in a “U” shape.
3. Turn inside out and pin
Turn the T-shirt inside out and pin the bottom of the T-shirt along the hem. (I’ve used red just for visual purposes, but you should use a thread color that matches your shirt.)
4. Sew it up
Sew along the bottom of your T-shirt.
5. Add shape
This step isn’t necessary, but it gives your bag a flat bottom. I find it also gives a nicer shape to the bag. Match the bottom seam along with the side seam and it will make a point with the corner of the bag. Sew a seam perpendicular to the first seam. Repeat on the other corner of the bag.
6. Turn inside out and use
Turn your bag inside out and now it’s ready to use. Bring it to your next home game as fun sports bag to show off your school spirit.