Our first entry in the reusable bag contest from Abigail Vargas (Poppylarity) is a real winner. I love it. Considering the criteria and goals of the project, I’m looking forward to seeing how somebody will top this (the deadline is June 1st, get your entries in, I’ll publish entries as I get them).. This hits all of my buttons. What she’s done is taken old tee shirts and made bags out of them. She’s even got a sample WOATS–GOATS shirt which is an application I can support. When I wrote her back, she said she was glad I didn’t think they were too corny but I corrected her saying I never said that. I think these are plenty corny but they’re just my style being plenty corny myself. First an image of Abigail’s favorite shirt bag to give you an idea of what she’d done, then Abigail’s recital, closing with some more samples. Thanks Abigail!
I am entering my t-shirt bag into the reusable bag contest. I hope you find this idea very utilitarian; this not a ‘beautiful’ bag entry. My inspiration came from three places:
- Cleaning out my children’s closets and being completely irritated that they have stained their perfectly good white school uniform shirts on the playground at school.
- My son is stressing out about life and death issues lately. At school, the fourth grade has been studying the effects of global warming and he came home yesterday completely beside himself over the potential effects. So I told him he needed to come up with an idea or plan of action against global warming instead of sitting around feeling sad about it.
- As I am catching up on your blog, I come across the reusable bag contest and realize that this is the perfect project to get my son involved with. He now feels he is making a difference with global warming.
The final result of the three inspirations is the recycled t-shirt bag. I think this bag hits almost all the points people are contemplating in the comments.
- It’s using a recycled material that is washable and reusable. (My family donates or throws away at least 10 t-shirts a person per year)
- Compact, can fit several into each other for storage.
- Fabric is soft shouldn’t bruise the food.
- Easy, easy to sew and probably could be made with no sewing and some fabric glue.
- Edges could be serged, zigzag stitched and maybe left raw.
- Could be screen printed with company logo
- With a long sleeve shirt, the sleeve could cover a piece of cardboard/plastic canvas to make the bottom more structured.
- Cool graphics from the original tee as decoration.
- Decoration ideas are endless.
- Once the bag is worn out, it will go in the rag box.
- My son thought the unused collar pieces would work great to make baby bibs.
So far I found that my son’s boy large shirts are the best size. My husband’s XXL shirts looks huge but I will give it a try next time we are at the store. Both t-shirt and polo shirt fabrics work good. I used one of the short sleeves as a pocket and one long sleeve as an umbrella pocket. Another idea for my husband’s shirt was to insert the bottom of a box into it. This would work great for milk and bulky items. The downside is you are caring a box.
Below is Abigail’s solution for the plethora of GOATS-WOATS tees on the market
Below she’s even recycled a shirt sleeve to make an outside pocket.
Below is the example of the bag made from her husband’s XXL tee. This one looks like it could be a solution for bulky kinds of shopping rather than just groceries.