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Monday, October 10, 2016

Day 6: Spooky Bag Upcycled from a T-Shirt

Are you ready for another week of Halloween freebies?! It's Day 6 and today we have Nikki here to teach us a project that is not only useful and fun, but also basically free to make! Here's Nikki! 

 Today we want to show you an awesome way to upcycle those old t-shirts we all have hanging in our closet into bags! These make perfect trick or treat bags, gym clothes bags, or even grocery bags! We like to wear our clothes until they look like they need to have been thrown away about 40 washes ago in our house. Haha! I’m sure some of you can relate to that. Anyway, I had to find a way to upcycle some of our favorite t-shirts so we could keep using them. My kids even use these to carry art supplies in for road trips. 

Start with any t shirt. Just remember if you use kids size you will be making a small kid size bag. A larger shirt will make a larger bag. 

First, fold the shirt in half and cut off the neck band and sleeves, just inside the seams. This creates the handles and opening in the top of the bag. Now cut the seam off the bottom of the shirt. This is just to make it easier to sew since we will be gathering it.

This part is optional but I like to get my kids involved in painting the shirts. It gives them a chance to get creative. Painting is not necessary but it is fun! If you do paint, wait until the paint dries to continue. 

Now we need to gather the bottom. To do this, set your machine to the longest stitch length possible and sew 1/8” from the bottom, making sure not to backstitch at the beginning or end.

Pull the bobbin thread and gather the bottom to about 6” wide for an adult shirt and smaller for a kid’s. 

Then sew along the bottom, closing it. 

This next part is optional again. I prefer my straps not be open as deep but you may love t the way it is. If you want to make the straps less deep stitch a few inches up from the underarm seam. 

Now you are done! Super easy and can be used for so many things. My daughter uses the the dragon one pictured above to carry her gym clothes to school. So perfect because at the end of the week I can throw the bag and all in the washing machine and clean it. No more stinky gym bag!   

And of course the ghost ones are perfect for Trick-or-Treat Bags.

That's it!  A huge thank you to Nikki!  

We hope you enjoy this project as much as we do.  I know my kids have cute Halloween t-shirts of years past hiding up in their closets. It's about time for us to pull them out and make super fun bags. 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 


  1. This is a fantastic and perfect project Kristen. I love your idea. Although, Halloween is almost over, I could probably still your idea for next year Halloween. ^_^ just kidding, but no, I'm serious. :D

    Kind Regards,
    Daisy from Qatar

  2. wow something for all the boys ...young and old will enjoy ...