Crafty Summer Series – T-shirt tutorial (results!)

It is reveal day! Challenge #1 in the Brassy Apple and friends Crafty Summer Series is
T-shirts! What can do you with a t-shirt?
It’s time to find out!
It seems that Mister Linky isn’t working so we will forgot using it for this challenge. *You will need to add your static blog link in the comments section so everyone will know where to find the next great idea!* All comments will be entered into a drawing for a FREE camera strap slipcover from *Shey*[B] Be sure to peek into her shop and mention what your favorite is when you comment too! Be sure to link back to this post here so everyone can find all the other proejcts and get in on the fun too!
You can post your ideas from now (Wed June 3rd) until Sunday night (June 7th). Even if you are not posting a tutorial you can still comment about your favorite ideas, etc and be eligible to win the FREE camera strap slipcover.
Let’s get started!
T-shirt sling bag (repurpose)

T-shirt – any size. Great to re-purpose or re-use a favorite shirt, outgrown, stained, etc.
Rotary Cutter and Mat (not necessary but nice)
Sewing Machine
Material for a Bag Strap – can use fabric, or the by the yard materials at fabric store – 27 inches long for child sized
Shoestring/ribbon/string – something similar in width and strength for casing and closure
(and if you craft one up please share it in the Brassy Apple Flickr Group!)
STEP 1: Lay out your T-shirt (if your shirt has a direction image on it see directions below)

Step 2: Using your Rotary Cutter and Mat (or scissors) cut off both sleeves at an angle – leaving as much shirt as possible. Then cut off the neck hole as well.

Step 3: Flip your t-shirt inside out. Now let’s attach your bag strap. In one of the corners pin the end of your strap through one layer of the t-shirt. Sew in place.

Step 4: Tuck the bag stap under and in between the t-shirt layers so it lays flat and comes out the top of the t-shirt. Pin.

Step 5: Pin the 3 sides you cut and sew together.

Step 6: Keeping your strap flat and un-twisted, place the other end of the strap in the opposite corner and pin through one layer of the t-shirt. Be sure to place, pin and sew under the finished hemline. Sew in place being careful to not sew through the finished hemline area. We need that area in the next step.

Step 7: Flip your “bag” right side out. Using the hemline as a premade casing, find the middle of the top and slightly roll the hemline between your two fingers to seperate the two layers. Cut two small slits side by side for your string to go through.

Step 8: Thread through 1 shoestring, ribbon, string, or whatever you would like to pull the top of your bag together. I found this pair of shoelaces on clearance for .90! Pull the top together, tie it off and strap it on!

These bags for great for your kids to be able to throw on their backs while bike riding or taking to the park. They can hold a water bottle or any of their “treasures” they find while out playing. Perfect for trips too to hold all of their cars/toys/crayons. Take it to the beach or the pool! And one of the great things about this bag? It’s machine washable! Just throw the entire bag in the washer and the dryer when it gets dirty!
Second option: (directional graphic)
If your t-shirt has a directional image on it and can’t be flipped upside down, cut and sewn up like pictured above and follow these alternate directions.

Step 1: Cut off the sleeves and neck hole. (same as instructions above)

Step 2: Turn your shirt inside out and lay flat. Place your strap inside the shirt between the 2 layers, lining up with the bottom of the shirt. Pin in one corner. Pin the entire bottom of the shirt and sew together sewing through and attaching the strap.

Step 3: Pin and sew the 2 angled sides where the sleeves where once located. Leave the top open. Be sure your bag strap is out of the way.

Step 4: Fold back the top edge about 3/4 an inch (or however wide you would like your casing to be) and pin. Sew. Turn your bag right side out and cut to slits in the casing (follow instructions above)

Step 5: Keeping your strap flat and untwisted pin and sew it under your casing on the “back” side of your bag. Thread your string through the casing. And you are done!
Now it’s your turn! Add your link in the comments! Have fun looking around at all the other bloggers who took on the challenge!


  1. We had so much fun with T-shirts at our house. I gave each my kids (4 and 7) a T-shirt and told them to have fun. You can see their projects at!

  2. Love the ideas I’ve seen so far! So many creative people. My son was excited to see his favorite t-shirt used in the project. You can check it out at

  3. I turned two ruined shirts into one AWESOME one! Tutorial on my blog.

  4. Great idea Megan!

  5. Great bag! My tutorial is not as detailed, I hope that’s ok!

    Great camera strap covers, the apples are adorable!

  6. fabulous idea!! can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with, I went blank while thinking of something ๐Ÿ™

  7. Hi Meg. I still would like to post (mentioned in an email last week). Should be able to post Monday..sorry for delay, but as mentioned, I don’t have a digital camera. Not looking to win anything, just want to post my T shirts for the fun. And trust me, this has been a fun, easy project that has kept me motivated. Take care & thanks so much.

  8. I love your t-shirt sling Megan! It’s way cool, but then again EVERYTHING you do is so cool! Love your blog and all the eye candy!

  9. Here’s my contribution:
    Could be improved upon for sure…but it’s a start.
    Thanks for this series it’s so fun!

  10. This is WAY cute! I’ll be linking.

  11. This is SO much fun!! Thanks for hosting this!! Here is my post where I turned my daughter’s ‘t’ into a dress:


  12. I ran out of time! I bought a shirt but still have to get around to it. Cute t-shirt bags!

  13. I’m trying like crazy to finish up our t-shirt project. But between the weather and end of the year stuff, it has been hard! We’ll finish up and I’ll post this weekend!

    But about the Shey[B] straps…they are so awesome! I Love the cha-cha carnival and hoot hoot designs. And I am about to get a nice new camera…so I’ll need that cuteness!

  14. I don’t have a tutorial, but I have to say I LOVE your t-shirt bags, that is super cool!

  15. Shelly T. says

    The backpacks are so cute! Love the idea of using t-shirts to make these and such cute ideas.

    I love the Espresso Damask Camera Strap slipcover.


  16. I’m digging this! I’m linking to it to at

  17. i had to join in the fun! here is my post on using your child’s art to design a t-shirt:

  18. Fantastic! Thanks.

  19. Paula L. says

    I don’t have a tutorial but a fun thing to do with old t-shirts is cut them in stripes and crochet them to make a rag rug. Thanks for the great tutorials, they just went to the top of my to-do list!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  20. Not really a repurpose of a T-shirt, but I am making a shirt for my hubby for Father’s Day with the printer and iron on stuff you buy at the store.

    I love Shey B’s designs. I want the classic black and white damask.

    eric_danielle at netzero dot com

  21. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I’ll be making these with my girls this summer (they’re 18 & 20 and they want to sew and recycle).

  22. Paula L. says

    I like the Morning Glory strap cover, it’s really pretty.
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  23. What a neat idea!!! That would be great for going to the pool this summer!

  24. I don’t have a tutorial on my blog yet, but I like to use old tees for pj pants for my 2 year old. They work out great especially if the tees have a really cool pattern.

  25. I don’t have a tutorial but I’ve made pillows from my twins’ shirts that I made.

    Turn shirt inside out sew up the bottom, and sleeves. Turn right side out, stuff shirt and sew the neck up along the ribbing.

    As for my fav tutorial, I think my fav is the sling bag. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to try that later today. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure the girls would love to have a bag of their own.

    my blog is

    Thanks for the giveaway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. My favorite slip cover has always been the Cloudy Sunset Camera Strap Slip Cover and I think it still is… I love the additional lense cap pocket option!!


  27. Sorry, Megan. Posted under wrong link before…

    So many great ideas!

    I went on to create a couple of new outfits for my girls. I modified plain tank tops by adding a ruffle on the bottom and fabric appliques and made shorts out of the same fabric. You can take a look right here:

  28. My favorite tutorial for shirts is this one, to turn a shirt into a newborn gown. So cute!

    I love the Fanfare Camera Strap at Shey B.

    dkfranklin1 at yahoo dot com

  29. Great ideas for t-shirts. I wish I knew a tutorial to make some fun headbands or even funky scarves out of old t-shirts.


  30. cleaver!!

  31. i am not clever enough to post my own tutorial, but i love this one. so creative!

    i love the shey b. camera straps!

  32. WOW!
    This is really fun!
    Will for sure try that soon!
    Have a fabulous w-end and great giveaway!

  33. Super cute way to recycle those old tshirts! Thanks for sharing!

  34. I love this idea! Seriously so cute. I really, really, really need to get myself a sewing machine ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Love the tutorial! andd the camera strap slip covers ๐Ÿ™‚ my favorite is Lava Leaves!


  36. What a fabulous idea!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    =) melanie
    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

  37. That’s a great tutorial! I have a bunch of old t-shirts that I want to repurpose, so I love all these ideas! Can I join the next challenge, even though I didn’t do this one?

  38. Ashley – YES! you can join in anytime. No set schedule of playing. If the challenge works with your summer schedule then we’d love to have you join up!

    and anyone else who wants to play! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Brilliant and simple re-use…very clever and thanks for directions so we can try it ourselves.

    I like Shey’s black & white damask strap the best.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. i’m new to this, but it looks like fun. now if i had some way to reuse all my husband’s ball caps…my fav is shey’s funfare strap.

  41. What a GREAT idea!! I love that. I saw an old t-shirt repurposed into a cute pair of infant pants using the existing hem. I made it over here from Shey B’s site as I’m always trying to win one of her cute camera straps (the ChaCha Carnival is my favorite)!

    Hugs & Blessings!

  42. I love the turquoise and brown one! Thanks for the opportunity!

  43. Great ideas for all those t-shirts taking up space in the dresser. Thanks so much for all of them.

  44. i like your idea, neave seen this type or tutorials on any blog before.

  45. I am relatively new to the blogging world, but love to see all of the creativity! So many crafts, so little time!! You do beautiful work & inspire so many of us! Love the camera straps. What a cool idea.
    This will probably show up as my husbands post, but my email address (in code, to avoid spam) is:
    Thanks for all you do!!

  46. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! laura j

  47. I made a super easy no-sew, cape tutorial on my blog.

    here is a direct link:

    I like the black disco ball strap.

    Thanks I had fun!

  48. I love the bags – I made my son a pillow for his bed out of a DUKE basketball tshirt that he had outgrown. He loves it!

  49. Easiest thing to do with a tshirt ever: cut off the banding and use it to dust with lol.

  50. Well, I didn’t get a chance to finish up the t-shirt redesign I was working on (will make that a future post) but I did find the time to put up a post on another t-shirt re-do on my other blog.

    Other than crafting, I also care about finding a cure for breast cancer. This post is of little shirts my kiddo’s and I made so they could support me while I was doing the Komen 3 day.

  51. I bet they love those bags! And good for you for doing something active about a cure for breast cancer.

  52. Hello!
    I really like your how to. I was wondering if I could translate it in French and add it to my list of how to as explained in my french post (
    Of course, your website would be quoted and there would be a link!
    Thank you,

  53. This is awesome! I love reusing old things…for the sake of reusing…but also because I am a lazy crafter and like things already 1/2 way put together! Love your blog!

  54. Nice post this is really awesome, i am on vacations now a days and was looking for some thing creative, i love to making things and i will definitely try it, i have lots of Custom t shirts in trash and now i will make these bags from the shirts.

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  56. Great idea. Gonna save this!
    LOVE recycling…

    Greetings from the netherlands…


  57. Really GREAT idea!!! I have lots of useless T-shirts, now I know what I’m going to do with them:).
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  66. A great round up of tutorials and something I’ve never really tried but I will bookmark this post for reference. Some of the tutorials look really good and makes me want to start making my own tshirts. Thanks for sharing these.

  67. I still would like to post (mentioned in an email last week). Should be able to post Monday..sorry for delay, but as mentioned, I don’t have a digital camera.

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