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upcycle: pattern t-shirt market bag

Create a recycled market bag using recycled t-shirts, empty paper towel rolls, and fabric paints.
Create a recycled market bag using recycled t-shirts, empty paper towel rolls, and fabric paints.
Time Required :
About an hour
Difficulty Level :
Advanced
Advanced
You're definitely experienced.You've tried it all, and you're looking for a challenge!

Project Instructions

step 1Wash and iron a T-shirt. Flip the shirt inside out.
step 2Sew the bottom hem of the shirt closed with a sewing machine, or by hand if you don't have a sewing machine. Flip the shirt right-side out again.
step 3Cut off the T-shirt's sleeves, and discard them.
step 4Cut off the neckline of the T-shirt, making a large square. This will become your bag's opening and handles.

Tip: Before applying paint, slip a piece of palette paper between the shirt's layers, to keep paint from seeping through to the other side.
step 5Squeeze your Tulip® fabric paints into puddles on the palette paper. Dip the empty paper towel roll and water bottle opening into the paint, then touch the T-shirt surface to create a design.

Tip: Got any stamps handy? They're also perfect for applying patterns with fabric paint.
step 6Let paint dry completely.
step 7Make folds into the bottom half of the bag and cut slits with sharp scissors. Don't make the slits big enough for your produce to fall out!

Tips: Any recycled T-shirt or new shirt is perfect for making this bag!
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  • sewing machine
  • empty paper towel roll
  • empty water bottle