No-sew T-shirt Bag

nosew Last Tuesday evening, my coworker kicked off Craft Menagerie, a new program for adults at our library, with no-sew t-shirt bags. I did not get to participate in the program since it was my night to work the desk, but I did end up making my own bag! I decided to use a black tank top and a roll of hot pink duct tape (20 yards from Target $3.49 before tax).

Watch the Today Show segment for directions or here are mine:

1. Turn the shirt inside out.
2. Line the front and back, vertically, with duct tape, overlapping each strip ever so slightly.
3. Lay the tank side seam to side seam, matching the bottom hem.
4.Staple across the bottom of the seam, then cover with tape.
5. Turn tank so the bottom seam is down and makes a point.
6. Drawn a 6″ line (this is what is going to make for a flat bottom bag).
7. Staple acorss the line, cover with duct tape and repeat steps for other side.
8. Turn the tank right side out.
9. Draw a line on the inside to mark where to cut the back of the tank (I wanted my opening to matching, front neck scoop & back).
10. Fill up with those overdue library books and hustle them back for more!

I had my netbook in its sewn case, camera case and other computer stuff for travel in my tank bag when I showed it to my 6-year-old niece and said it was a t-shirt, now it is a bag. She was amazed and loved the hot pink tape! I think this is a project we could make together after another growth spurt (she’s so slim, her bag would be tiny)!

May 26 the Craft Menagerie will meet again to create monogram etched mirrors with yours truly! If you live/work in Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati and want program information or register, contact me on twitter or by email udandi AT gmail DOT com.

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4 Comment

  1. Gayle
    May 7, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Thank you for the instructions!

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  2. Faith
    May 8, 2009 at 6:24 am

    I love your idea to use a tank top for this craft! I can’t wait to try that out and add it to my collection of t-shirt bags.

  3. Orchid
    October 28, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I have made some of these bags before with no problem…but recently I have run into the problem of the staples not going all the way through. Uggggggggggghhh! I am not sure if it’s b/c i got the tape from another vendor??? Any suggestions on the best staples and/or staper for this project? Looking forward to your ideas.

    ~ Orchid

  4. Andi
    October 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Orchid,
    I used regular silver staples that you buy at an office shop. Maybe there’s too much fabric + duct tape creating too much bulk to staple?
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