I found this super easy tutorial for a grocery bag via the DIY section at Pinterest. And, by the way, if you haven’t tried Pinterest yet, I really recommend it. It has links to the cutest things and is very inspiring.
I found the t-shirt I used at a flea market for 50 cents. Though the print was cute, I don’t really wear colour, so I thought it would be perfect for this project. And, at 50 cents, I wasn’t really losing anything if the bag should turn out unusable.
All I did was cut out the sleeves and collar and sew the bottom shut. It took maybe ten minutes, with a lot of hesitation about whether I should cut the shirt up or not.
My biggest concern was that the bag would either split because of the weight of the groceries or some product would poke a hole on it. However, I have used it for couple of times now and it has held up wonderfully. It carried my groceries, which included among other things a few kilograms of veggies (I’m trying to eat healthy), a milk carton, 15 eggs and two large bottles of Pepsi (forget that I mentioned healthy…) without any trouble at all. I actually like this bag better than my previous fabric bag. It takes less room in my handbag and the stretchiness turned out to be an asset when stuffing all my shopping into it.
I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for cute t-shirts from now on.