Thanks to some artful sewing inspiration, I’ve finished a project that has been sitting in the to-do pile for way too long.

I wanted to turn one of my ’80s Siouxsie shirts into a tote, but didn’t want a typical floppy t-shirt bag. My friend was planning to throw away (yes, throw away!) this black conference tote. You know the kind: plastic-y canvas material covered in screen-printed logos.

siouxsie before

I used the bag to measure my pieces of the t-shirt and boxed the bottom of both; sewing through the canvas was easier than I thought! Then I slid the t-shirt over the canvas bag, folded down the top and stitched all the way around. I stitched in some velvet ribbon for a tie closure.

siouxsie bag after

siouxsie bag after

This was such an easy way to make a t-shirt bag. I’m really happy with the results and can’t wait to start using it!

recycle: t-shirt came from my closet, tote bag saved from the landfill, velvet ribbon ties from thrifted notions in my stash

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4 Responses to siouxsie t-shirt tote bag

  1. kelly says:

    Great job! What a terrific way to use both the bag and the shirt. Here I was thinking you’d cut out and applique. Your way is so much cooler!

  2. Caitlin Bailey says:

    Wow this looks awesome! Now I just need to learn to sew :)

  3. Nancy says:

    Thanks, I’ve been trying to come up with something to make t-shirt bags more sturdier. I have tons of the reusuable grocery bags that I can use for this. So cool!

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