Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tutorial: Repurposed T-Shirt Bag with Iron-on Animals

drawstring bag with iron-on animalsMy kids got tons of toys for Christmas. Way too many. It drives me insane when they all end up in one big jumble…I like to group like toys together. I made a few repurposed bags last summer (small ones from t-shirt sleeves and large ones from t-shirts). IMG_3636
I used an old t-shirt that had some oil stains on it that I couldn’t remove. It was size 2T.
I just cut it off below the armpits. (I saved the sleeves & neck for another project!)IMG_3527
Next, it was time to do some embellishing. I used heat-n-bond to attach an elephant and a hippo to a scrap of white jersey fabric. IMG_3536
Ironing on the hippo:
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To make the bottom of the bag, I measured the perimeter of the t-shirt. Then I cut out a rectangle.
I sewed the rectangle to the bottom of the bag, making square corners.
I used the original hem of the t-shirt for the drawstring’s casing. I just pulled out a few stitches and then backstitched with my sewing machine to prevent any more from unraveling.
I made the drawstring out of jersey fabric. I cut a length about 2” wide long enough to go all through the t-shirt’s hem. I sewed a tube and then turned it right-side out with a safety pin.
Then I simply threaded it through the hem with the safety pin and tied a knot at either end! Simple, yet very cute!


  1. What a great idea! I would love it if you would share it at my sharing party at Thank you!

  2. That is great, I love a repurpose project! Like u, i always try to group kids toys together to avoid a jumble. Nice idea.


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