You’ve all seen them — reusable market bags are everywhere. Every time I’m standing in line at a checkout counter, there they are: reusable bags emblazoned with the store’s logo.
This past weekend I met a woman that has a reusable bag in every color so her bag matches her outfit — hey, whatever works. Truth be told, to bring all my weekly groceries home in reusable bags, I’d need at least 10 bags. That could be $100 just on the cost of bags.
But if you’re up for DIY-ing, you can reuse old t-shirts to make your own bags for almost nothing.
No need to buy reusable bags to take to the stores and markets — just repurpose a few old t-shirts, and you’ll be shopping green in a flash. Here’s how you do it.
Super-Simple Market Bag
- A sewing machine
- T-shirts still in good shape
- Turn your t-shirt inside-out and lay it on a flat surface.
- Cut off the sleeves, keeping the seams intact (for strength).
- Cut the neckline an inch or two wider, depending on its original size.
- Pin the bottom edges of the shirt together, then sew closed.
- Remove the pins, then flip out your t-shirt right-side in.
It’s no longer a t-shirt, it’s a one-of-a-kind reusable bag. Happy shopping!