Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Today, I’m channeling my inner Martha and going the crafty route.
Last year, I wrapped my Christmas prezzies in paper shopping bags. It was a great way to recycle paper bags and it meant I didn’t have to go digging for our holiday gift wrap.
This year, I’m wrapping presents in reusable t-shirt bags.
I made these t-shirt bags as a guest post for Janetha a few months ago, but I’m bringing them back for the holidays.
I actually carry around my camera in one of these t-shirt bags (in my purse). Not the best protection, but it works. The bag has come in handy quite a few times when I’ve needed an emergency grocery bag while out and about. It holds quite a bit of stuff and can be worn on your shoulder, unlike most plastic grocery bags.
These bags can also be used for storing shoes in your luggage or even your dirty laundry. After all, you can just throw it in the wash!
So if you’re out of gift wrap, want to be a little more green this holiday season, and/or want to wrap a gift in another gift, here’s how to make your own t-shirt bag.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 T-Shirt
- Sewing machine (optional)
1. Grab a t-shirt you don’t wanna throw away but don’t ever wear.
If you’re anything like me, you have a bunch of t-shirts that never see the light of day but you just can’t bear to throw them away. Perhaps they’re from past races, concerts, and/or school events.
2. Cut scoops along the seems of the collar and the sleeves. You’ll want to make them slightly larger than the seems because they will serve as the handles of your bag.
3. Turn the t-shirt inside out. If you have a sewing machine, sew across the bottom of the shirt to seal it up. If you don’t have a sewing machine (or if yours is ancient and broken), cut the bottom into strips (2-3″ long) and tie the strips together with a simple knot.
4. Flip it back inside IN and you’ve got yourself a reusable bag!
Not only is it a fabulous way to recycle an old t-shirt, but you don’t have to deal with wrapping paper and you give an extra gift. For the sake of looking more festive, you can tie a ribbon around the handles and stick a bow on it.
No tape required!
Happy Holidays and Happy Wrapping!
Tell me: What is something you’ve done this holiday season to be a little more GREEN (environmentally friendly)?