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Declare your love for the Big Apple!
Take that shirt showing genuine NYC pride and remake it into a stylish totebag. LOVE is in the details!

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 1
    Step 1

    Lay your shirt flat and cut a square out of it, through both layers. Cut as close as you can to the neck ribbing and the armscye seams so you can get the largest square possible from one tee.

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pin the square pieces, right sides together, at the sides and the bottom.

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew the sides and bottom together. Do not pivot at the bottom corners; instead round them off (this little trick will be a lifesaver if you ever spill any small objects in the bag; this also prevents dust and dirt from collecting in the corners).

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 4
    Step 4

    If you have an overlocker or serger, overcast the raw edges to prevent unraveling; if not, use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 5
    Step 5

    Measure about 1 3/8" up from the upper line of stitching on the t-shirt's remaining hem piece, and mark. Make another mark at the same place at the other side of the hem piece.

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut straight across.

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold the raw edge of the hem piece under itself and sew it down, matching the stitching line of the hem.

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 8
    Step 8

    This will become the handles for the bag.

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut the hem piece into two pieces.

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 10
    Step 10

    Pin each piece to the underside of the top part of your tote.

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fold the end of each piece under just prior to sewing it for added strength.

  • How to sew a t-shirt totes. "I Love Ny" Tote - Step 12
    Step 12

    Sew around the edge of the handles, making a square with an "X" through it. This is an exceptionally strong stitch, used commonly for tote handles, and can withstand a lot of stress.

    You're done! Since the bag is made of stretchy knit fabric, it will conform to the shape of what's inside, and can stretch if you load it up too heavy. You can slip a piece of canvas or some other strong woven inside near to bottom to prevent this - otherwise, hang from your shoulder and declare your love for the Big Apple!

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cupcake gangster
cupcake gangster · 64 projects
this looks great!!!
i have one of these tee's too~ cheap to buy on the sts of nyc but just too short & wide to wear as a tee!
so much better as a bag!
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cupcake gangster
cupcake gangster · 64 projects
this looks great!!!
i have one of these tee's too~ cheap to buy on the sts of nyc but just too short & wide to wear as a tee!
so much better as a bag!
Reply