How to Recycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag Using Duct Tapecomments (13) January 10th, 2009
Video Length: 13:06
Produced by: Len Hasemann
One morning a few weeks ago, I was working on my computer with the Today Show on in the background. I perked up when they announced that they were going to show us how to make a tote bag out of a tee and some duct tape in the next segment. I decided it was time for a coffee break. As I made my coffee, I was trying to imagine how on earth they were going to make a tote using duct tape. I got settled on the couch just in time to see Jodi Khan, author of the book Simply Sublime Bags --30 Low-Sew, No-Sew Projects, do her thing. I have to admit I was very impressed. After cutting off the sleeves, she used the duct tape to "line" the wrong side of the shirt. After that it was a matter of shaping the straps and using a stapler to create the box bottom (yes, this is a no-sew project!). I had to try it, as you'll see in my first video how-to. It was a lot of fun to make. One thing I would say is to use a hefty tee—the tee I used in the video was really thin and it was hard to get it to stay put while I was smoothing the duct tape on. I hope you enjoy. If you're into tote bags, be sure to check out Jodi's book—I love that you don't need a sewing machine to make most of the bags in the book!
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