Making T-Shirts and Crafts Ideas for Kids

T-shirt and custom hoodies crafts are interesting for all ages. There is so much you can do with a t-shirt rather than just decorating it with iron-on and paints. You can use it to mend beautiful pillows, scarves, a new blouse, or totes. However, in this article, we will learn how to make a no-sew tote bag from a t-shirt.

How to Make a No-Sew Tote Bag from an Old T-shirt

Fortunately, these kinds of containers are easy to make. In fact, you can even make thousands of them and use them when shopping in the grocery store instead of using paper or plastic grocery bags.

Materials You Will Need

  • Old t-shirt
  • Colored tape
  • Sharp scissors
  • Ruler or tape measure

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. The first step involves cutting the sleeves: you need to hold your t-shirt in half to ensure that you cut sleeves at the same time.
  2. After that, you will have to remove the neckline. This is done using scissors; you should ensure that you cut it in such a way to bring out the oval shape. Once you’re done, assess the depth of the bag and make sure that the shirt is inside out.
  3. Determine the depth of the bag and put the tape line where the bottom reaches. Anything below the tapeline is used to cover the bag at the bottom.
  4. The next step involves cutting the fridge. Cut the t-shirt from the tape line down to the bottom such that the bottom half of the t-shirt will be separated from the top half.
  5. Cut the fridge at the bottom, then cut both the front and the back layer of the t-shirt. Cut the slits about ½ inch.
  6. Once you’re done, tie the fridge. Take the three pairs of fringes and tie each into a knot. Get one of the strands from 2 and tie it to strand from 1. Take the remaining strand and tie it to another strand from 3. Tie another pair of fringes and take the strand from 3 and tie it towards the new knot. Do this repeatedly for the whole bag. The reason for tying the strands together is to ensure that the gap between fridge pairs is closed. In case you’re wondering, a fridge is used to refer to the front and back pieces of the shirt.
  7. Do final touches on your bag. Once you have tied the fridge, remove the tape and turn the bag inside out.
  8. Lastly, you need to tie the knots at the handle; you can instead choose to tie scrap fabric as decoration. However, if you want the fridge to be part of your bag, you don’t have to turn the t-shirt.


In conclusion, this is one piece of craft you can make from any old t-shirt that will make you drop those plastic bags automatically. Besides, it can help you save your cash and even improve your creativity. However, there are many other pieces of craft you can make from old t-shirts. They include a 3-D fireworks t-shirt, Batik kids, custom T-shirts, outdoor and crafting leaf t-shirts, and more.

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