Wednesday, April 4, 2012

No-Sew T-Shirt Bag!

As a Youth Services person in a small-ish branch library, I work with kids of all ages, but really LOVE working with my Teens. Finding activities for them which are cheap, easy, and fast can be a challenge, but this is one craft which ANYONE (with the ability to wield scissors) can do. 

The materials are simple. Old t-shirt, sharp scissors, and a safety pin. That's all it takes to make a great book bag in a matter of minutes!

Cut off the sleeves to the INside of the seam and as much of the neck as you like to get the size opening you want.

Cut the seam off of each sleeve and discard.

Cut a ring from each sleeve and snip the bottom seam off to open the loop into a string.

Pull the strings of t-shirt material until they curl up along the edges.

Snip two holes on opposite sides in the bottom hem of the shirt, being careful not to cut the stitching of the hem. Having at least two holes is important, as otherwise there will be one large opening at the bottom of the bag instead of two or more smaller holes.

"Thread" one of the t-shirt strings on your safety pin.

Begin pushing the string through the hem of the shirt. Continue until you reach the hole on the other side of the hem.

Pull the string through until you have an even amount protruding from each hole.

Tie a firm knot.

Snip the long ends of the strings.

Repeat using the other string through the other side of the hem. You should now have two smallish holes in the bottom of your bag.

That was easy!

Cute! And so is she...Thanks for modeling, Kayleigh!

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