I saw the cutest idea on eHow.com! Make a reusable shopping bag from an old t-shirt! You know how I feel about plastic (yuck!) and these are a great alternative to costly reusable bags that you buy in stores. At the same time, finding a new use for an old item is a great way to cut back on the amount of trash we send to the landfill. Did you know that the average American creates 4.5 lbs of garbage per day? At that rate, over a 60 year period, 10 people could produce nearly 1 million pounds of garbage! So I am all for any ideas to reduce that number. This isdea is absolutely ingenious and super cute! I plan to make one this weekend! I will post a picture as soon as it's finished. Let me know how it goes if you finish first. Here's my spin on the directions:
1. Use a muscle shirt if available or line up the seams where the sleeves are attached and cut the sleeves off so that the seam is also removed.
2. Using a medium mixing bowl, outline a circle around the neck opening that is larger than the original opening. Cut out the circle you draw.
3. Turn the shirt inside out and line up the bottom hem. Then sew straight across the bottom of the shirt, just above the hem line, to close it up.
4. Turn the shirt right side out and voila! A Shopping bag!
Hints: Depending on the fabric, you may want to sew around the neck and sleeve openings to prevent fraying. Or use fray check. Also, thicker, less stretchy fabrics work best. And the bigger the shirt, the bigger the bag, so a baby doll tee will work but you will end up with a smaller bag.