Apr 22 DIY: T-Shirt to Tote Bag Transformation by: Shari Hersh and Norah Langweiler ShareFacbookTwitterEmail Bring Your Own bag, bag-making and the Trash Academy board game, January 10, 2019. Photo by Steve Weinik. Earth Day Turns 50! To celebrate, we’re featuring a quick DIY from Trash Academy, a Mural Arts initiative that uses art and creativity as a vehicle to turn the concept of ‘trash’ on its head and help our communities imagine a new way of caring for our neighborhoods. Haul out that old sewing machine, grab a stack of old t-shirts, and get yourself some brand new tote bags! Follow along with our instructional video: What You'll Need T-shirt Scissors Cardboard Sewing Machine Paint or Markers Bring Your Own bag, bag-making and the Trash Academy board game, January 10, 2019. Photo by Steve Weinik. Step 1 Cut the sleeves off your t-shirt. Step 2 Cut the neckline out of the shirt. It has to be a little wider than the original neckline. Make sure you don’t cut it too wide or the straps will be too narrow and flimsy. Step 3 Turn your t-shirt inside out. Step 4 Sew the bottom of the t-shirt closed using two rows of zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine. You don’t need to be a skilled sewer for this project – it’s easy enough for anyone to try it! No sewing machine? Give hand-stitching a try. It may not be as strong but it will certainly do the trick! Step 5 Turn your t-shirt right-side out. Get ready to decorate! Step 6 Slip a piece of cardboard into the shirt to ensure and lay it flat. This will ensure your paint or markers do not seep to the other side. Step 7 Color or paint your bag to your heart’s content! Step 8 Download and print Reusable Bag Jeopardy. Put Jeopardy in your bag so that when friends compliment your bag you can whip it out for a quick game! Did you know 2 million plastic bags are used every minute? Challenge your friends’ knowledge with the game to spark a conversation about climate change. Making a reusable bag is a great way to do your part and an easy craft anyone can do. Don’t forget to post your DIY bag to social! #BYOBagPHL Bring Your Own bag, bag-making and the Trash Academy board game, January 10, 2019. Photo by Steve Weinik. Last updated: May 11, 2020 Environmental Justice Related Events Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Δ Share Your Thoughts Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Δ Jenny says Sounds great. I believe you could use any shirt, even a button up. Just sew up the front to make it like a T shirt.
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