How to Recycle a T-Shirt into a Tote Bag Using Duct Tape

comments (0) January 10th, 2009     

Pin It

JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
Love it! 324 users recommend

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!

Did you make this?
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery
posted in: bag, duct tape