Upcycled Tee Shirt Bag DIY


How many of you have countless amounts of tee shirts lined up in your drawers? Why not transform your tee into something you’ve been eyeing in stores…a cute rocker chic tote, for example. Here at M&J we’re always looking for ways to amp up our clothes. Since it is Earth Day we felt it was the perfect time to recycle something old and make it new again. We were immediately inspired after coming across this  tutorial, and we decided that revamping one of our many old tees would make a perfect Earth Day DIY.



Tee Shirt (we used a black one)

12mm x 8mm iron-on Skull Nailheads (leftover from our Alexander McQueen Inspired Bag DIY)



1 1/2″ Polyester Mono Ribbon 


Lay your shirt on a flat surface. The first thing that you will be doing is cutting the bottom off.
NOTE: The amount you cut off will determine the size of our bag. We only cut off an inch but if you are looking to create a smaller bag feel free to cut off more.


Using your ruler mark off 6 inches from the bottom of your shirt and lay the ruler across the width of the shirt.
Create small 2 cm cuts from the bottom of your shirt extending to the ruler


The bottom of your tee shirt at this point should look almost like a fringe with wide strands hanging down.


Once the bottom of your shirt is completely cut into a two-layered fringe, begin to pull and knot the front and back strands together.



Gently pull the completed bottom to stretch out the bag


Use the same cutting method for the sleeves of of the tee.  This will be a decorative detail on the finished bag.DSC_0429

Cut identical slits extending from the end of the sleeve to the shoulder.


Pull these strands as well.


Knot each of these strands together except for the first one that is closest to your collar. The strands you have not knotted will be a hole through which you will slip the bag strap.


At this point your tee shirt should look something like this:DSC_0448

Since we had our iron-on skull studs leftover from our Alexander McQueen Inspired DIY we ironed them onto the tee shirt to add an extra pizzazz.



We used our 1 ½” Polyester Mono Ribbon as a strap.  We pulled the 1 1/2″ Polyester Mono Ribbon through one sleeve of the tee and over through the other tying the ends into a knot.




And there we have it: a tee-shirt-turned-bag that we can now reuse and wear out on the town.


If you made any eco-friendly DIYs, embellished something old, or transformed a garment into something new…share it with us!  We love getting inspiration from our readers and seeing all your great ideas and DIYs.  Happy Earth Day!

Blogger Highlight: Clones n Clowns


For the past 30 days, Aimee of Clones n Clowns has been transforming basics tee shirts into spring and summer must-haves. Her day-by-day tutorials are not only earth friendly but easy to make with her step-by-step instructions. With 30 tee shirt transformations there is sure to be something stylish for everyone. We loved seeing each of Aimee’s tee shirt designs (as well as those submitted by her readers) and hope her transformations inspire you as much as they inspired us.

30 days 9

30 days 6

30 days 1

View all of Aimee’s 30 Days and 30 Tee Shirts Challenge tutorials on her website.

Stay tuned for our tee shirt to bag transformation tomorrow.

Top 5 Upcycled DIY Projects


Making Eco-friendly fashion choices can be very costly. Rather than purchasing an Eco friendly garment, revamp something you already have. Earth Day has allowed us to reevaluate the many ways we can refashion our own items. Here are some of our favorite up-cycled DIY projects.

Denim BraceletMich L in LA: Wear your Jeans as a Bracelet Tutorial

Tie NecklaceArstar by Althea: Upcycled Tie Necklace Tutorial

ms not so perfectMs. Not So Perfect: T-Shirt Scarf

TrashtoCouture2Trash to Couture: Basket Weave Old Shirts

Denim Slippers from JeansJeans Guardian: Denim Slippers

Don’t forget to tweet us some of your upcycled DIY projects. #mjtrim