Thrifted T-shirt Produce Bags

Thrifted T-shirt Produce Bags

When the weather is still cool and Spring is right around the corner, I allow myself to daydream (just a little) about summer. I don’t dwell on the humidity or the bad hair/makeup…and focus on Saturday mornings, when the farmer’s markets roll into town. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Like so many other eco/cost-conscious shoppers, I love to bring my own tote bag(s) to carry my bounty home. AND, I have the most amazing reusable fruit/vegetable produce bags…just not enough of them to carry everything I purchase from the farmer’s markets.

So my goal for this summer? Bring even more produce bags, each one made from a repurposed child’s thrift store t-shirt. They are crazy-easy to make…plentiful at thrift shops and yard sales…and you can toss them in the washing machine as often as you’d like! No fuss, no muss, no landfill needed.

I went to my local thrift store and found a couple of fun kiddie shirts- a Paris Barbie shirt and this charming aqua shirt from Georgia. As in, Georgia the country. Georgia in Asia. I mean, how kooky-awesome is that?

Child's t-shirt from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Project parts!

From T-Shirts to Bags

After washing my cheap-o shirts, I proceeded to cut off the neck and sleeves- essentially making a wide-necked tank top.

Child's t-shirt from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s do this…

I turned my “tank” inside out and folded up the bottom seam on both sides, pinning it in place. Then, using my sewing machine, I just double-stitched across the folded seam, effectively sealing the bottom of the shirt, turning it into a bag.

Child's t-shirt from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fold up…

Child's t-shirt from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Then some simple stitching…

Now, the next step is optional, but easy enough and adds a nice structure to the bag. While still inside-out, I squared the corners by folding the shirt across the front and back (lengthwise), exposing the side seams, and double stitching across. This adds a nice seam perpendicular to the bottom seam that you just stitched, making the bag more tote-like than sack-like…if that makes sense?

Child's t-shirt from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fold in half the OTHER way…(so that the front and back images are creased down the middle, length-wise).

Child's t-shirt from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And stitch across to make a triangle.

To finish off my bag, I then folded over the raw edges along the sleeve and neck holes, and gave them a nice zig-zag stitch. I purposefully used white thread on the bright aqua shirt-bag because I liked the contrast.

Child's t-shirt from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little zig-zag sass.

The Big Reveal

And there you have it- like, 30 minutes later, you have an awesome little bag, perfect for farmer’s market produce!

Child's t-shirt from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And a reusable produce bag was born!

Child's t-shirt from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Excellent size for fruits and veggies.

Oh, and I’m totally using the Georgia bag for peaches this summer. I’m punny like that!

Child's t-shirt from the thrift store repurposed and upcycled into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Kooky t-shirts work wonderfully, eh?

Happy marketing and Craft on!

S


Interested in more recycled crafts like this one? Check out AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com– you’ll find this project and other great repurposed ideas!

PIN me!Child's t-shirt from the thrift store repurposed and upcycled into DIY reusable farmer's market grocery produce bag for fruits and vegetables by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. These are great! I love that you can easily wash them too.

  2. chris aka monkey says:

    i just came from home talk’s post with the bucket of portulacas and the spigot which i adore and have spent an hour scrolling through your posts….. i think we could be best friends so i signed up for emails, as arnold said i’ll be back xx

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I’m so glad you came over!! Are you a crafter/upcycler, too? Thank you so much for the sweetest compliment- and if you’re on Facebook, I have a very active Sadie page where I post project sneak peeks, pics from my picks, etc. 🙂 (www.facebook.com/sadieseasongoods)

  3. Diana Rambles says:

    Great idea! Pinned!

  4. how super cute these sound so easy to make and I love reusing what we don’t need
    come see us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  5. What a great post! This are a great way to upcicle some old t-shirts… 🙂 x
    I stopped by from the linky craftasticmonday.

  6. These are perfect because A) I have many spare shirts sitting around my house. B) The bags would be so simple to clean (that’s my hesitation with most reusable bags) C) They are cute!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I know your pain!! I hate not being able to easily wash reusable bags either…so these seem to be a pretty darn good fix to all problems. 🙂

  7. These are very cool. I have tons of reusable bags and now I know what to do with those old shirts of my grandkids. Linking up fom Making Memories Monday

  8. Going to have to try one of these out. Thanks for sharing.

  9. How cool are these! Love, love love this idea, and I have a million t-shirts I can do this wih! Thank you so much Sarah for sharing these on Making Memories Mondays! 🙂
    Cathy

  10. This is such a great idea! I love having lots of little bags at the market because it seems like everything gets squished otherwise. I also have a lot of little shirts that I I want to keep even though my little has outgrown them. Seriously love this idea. Thanks for sharing! p.s. stopping by from the Something to Talk About Link Party.

  11. What a crazy good idea. I hate throwing out shirts my girls have ruined for wearing or outgrown but are still cute. Pinned for later and following on bloglovin. 🙂

  12. This is handy and looks like fun! Thanks for sharing on Idea Box! Come back this Thursday and share more!

  13. These are so cute, and easy to make. I could make several in no time at all. And I’m not much for sewing. And they can be washed. Thanks for sharing! Pinning for later.

  14. This is great! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I love this! I keep on meaning to make my own produce bags for when I go to the grocery store (I hate those plastic bags they give you to put your produce in). I will be featuring this post on Idea Box on 3/19! Thank again for linking up, hope to see some future posts!

  16. Great idea on repurposing. So clever! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoying having you every Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  17. These are so cute! I’ve made these before, and they are a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing this awesome post at Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party. If you haven’t linked up this week, be sure to stop by. The party is still going on! Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Christie ~ Sparkles of Sunshine

  18. Another clever, creative idea! I am so impressed with all of your ideas. Thanks for sharing at Grandma Ideas Sharing Time.

    Best,
    Nina

  19. Really cute idea–and the shirts you used are awesome.

  20. Kids have the best t-shirts! I’ll have to remember this when all the various free grocery bags I tend to accumulate start to fall apart. Visiting from Inspiration Galore party.

  21. What a great idea!! Now I know how I can repurpose some of the old tshirts my kids have outgrown.

  22. I need about a dozen of these to use as grocery bags. Those plastic bags multiply like rabbits and I always think I’m going to need them so I have way too many on hand.

  23. Dorky Mama says:

    I love this! My daughter has been wanting to make these but it seems like every tutorial I find for it does something other than sewing them…and they just don’t seem sturdy to me lol. You have solved my problem though, thank you haha! We are so doing this now. I love all of the possibilities you have with thrifted shirts…you never know what you can find to make something with lol.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It’s so funny you should say that- I’ve wondered the exact same thing!! And trust me, the sewing of these is super basic, which is all I’m capable of doing at this point- so I think you’ll find these really easy to make. 🙂

  24. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW DIY party

  25. These are so cute, I know I have some old tee shirts that would be fun to use as bags. I might just have to ask my sister to sew them for me, though. I am not handy with my sewing machine. We just don’t like each other very much! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  26. Oh my goodness, I’m going to try this! I’m not much of a sewist (super beginner) but this tutorial looks so doable. I always love your tutorials—thank you!

  27. Really cute upcycle. Thanks for sharing at To Grandma’s House We Go.

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