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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Big Reveal
And there you have it- like, 30 minutes later, you have an awesome little bag, perfect for farmer’s market produce!
Oh, and I’m totally using the Georgia bag for peaches this summer. I’m punny like that!
Happy marketing and Craft on!
Interested in more recycled crafts like this one? Check out AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com– you’ll find this project and other great repurposed ideas!