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Posted by Brittany Marie from Boston, Massachusetts, United States • Published See Brittany Marie's 22 projects »
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  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring T Shirt Backpack - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take the two shirts that you want to be the body of the bag and cut the the bottom half of the shirts off (Right below the sleeves.)
    Cut these squares down the middle so that you have two pannels from each shirt, then cut these pannels in half, so you have four panels.

    Start sewing the panels together in alternating colors. Keep adding pannels until the body of the bag is as wide as you desire it to be. Sew the last panel and the first panel together so you have a tube.

    Put this aside.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring T Shirt Backpack - Step 2
    Step 2

    With the remaining fabric from the first two t-shirts, cut some strips and braid them together.

    These braids will make your straps, so you need two of them, and they need to be fairly long, so you may need to stich a few shorter strips together to make the pieces long enough.

    Set the braids aside.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring T Shirt Backpack - Step 3
    Step 3

    Grab the 3rd t-shirt and cut out 3 circles - two for the base, and one for the top.

    On the circle piece you are going to use for the top, cut out a circle in the middle so you have a donut shape.

    Finally, take remaining fabric from the 3rd t-shirt and braid them together to make the draw string for the top of the bag.

  • How to make a backpack. Drawstring T Shirt Backpack - Step 4
    Step 4

    Turn the tube from Step 1 inside out, and thread the two braids up through it. Position the braids in a reasonable distance spart for straps. When they are in the desired position, pin them into place.

    Take the two circles for the base of the bag and place them, with the right side facing in toward the center of the bag, on top of the pinned braids, at one end of the tube.

    Grab your sewing machine / needle thread and stitch around the circle, attaching the base of the bag, the tube, and the braided straps together

  • Step 5

    Take the donut circle, and stitch it to the top of the bag. Make sure you also tuck the braids in so that the straps are stitched in place.

    Turn everything right side out.

    Poke holes around the donut opening and thread the braided strip from the third t-shirt through to make a drawstring.

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