T-Shirt Grocery Bags

Mar 13 2012
T-Shirt Grocery Bags

On January 1st the City of Calabasas (where Lilyshop is headquartered) put a ban on plastic bags at the markets, drug stores, restaurants, and any other store in the city that would normally use a plastic bag for purchased goods. Now while I appreciate that this is a step in the right direction to reduce landfill waste and pollution issues I couldn't help but be a little annoyed the first time I went into Babies"R"us to stock up on diapers, wipes, and a dozen or so of those glass baby food jars. When I got to the checkout and they asked for my reuseable bags I thought %@$&!!! So, I purchased one of those ugly reuseable bags and then on the way home I got to thinking .... maybe I could make some cuter bags? 

Introducing the Tank Top Reuseable Bag! Isn't it cute? You can really use whatever tank you have. I want to make a couple more with better patterns and maybe some fun colors .... but you get the idea. 

What You Need
Heavy-weight tank top (Preferably with thicker straps; no spaghetti straps)
Sewing machine

1. Turn your tank top inside out and pin the bottom along the hem. Using a sewing machine, sew the bottom of the tank closed. Once the tank is sewn, turn it inside out and you're DONE! (Quick Tip: If you want to make the bag more durable overlap the material and sew a double seam.)

Get creative and use tanks with logos, patterns, etc.
Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Sherry Ann Last Ross said:
9 July, 2013 - 15:20
its a great idea... i bought some caddie size (for personal items) bags @ a craft sale a few years ago in the Adirondacks (upstate NY) made out of colored beater T's for my daughter & myself - you just have to be careful & remember that they are BAGS and not wearable TEES as I have done more than once after doing the laundry as my daughter would find them in her dresser and yell Moooom, you did it again, lol,
Terri said:
23 August, 2012 - 12:24
Super cute idea. I am going to try this. I am not a great sewer but it does not look hard to do.
Toni said:
23 August, 2012 - 12:21
Wow, I really love these. I don't have a sewing machine. I will try to hand stitch. Wonder if it will be strong enough??
Randi said:
21 August, 2012 - 16:18
I wish I could buy these somewhere!
Penny said:
21 August, 2012 - 16:17
I made them :) Every time I go to the market people ask where I bought them. I should sell them on lilyshop!
BlackGypsy said:
13 May, 2012 - 17:38
Really cool idea. So simple yet so genius.
sweetsmilingsherri said:
16 July, 2012 - 22:38
That sounds so cool. Just wonder how they hold up.. Probably better than plastic bags.. If they hold us up-- they ll hold our groceries. Thanks for sharing! Im new here