10 Minute DIY T-Shirt Tote Bag

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With warm weather on the way there are two things that are guaranteed to happen in the Newman house. Number one, we will be on the go more frequently. With the construction process on a new home starting and two little girls who are ready to get out and explore, we will be going, going, going all spring and summer. Which brings me to item number two, staying hydrated. Keeping my family hydrated while we’re on the go is more important now than ever.

10 Minute T-Shirt Tote Bag. How to make a simple, lightweight tote bag in a matter of minutes.

Today I want to share how we are prepared to combat thirst during this busy, on the go season.

My first tip is buying Nestlé® Pure Life® Water at your local Sam’s Club.

When I buy bottled water, buying in bulk is always the best way to go. Right now shoppers are getting 5 more bottles for the same price as the 35 pack! Nestlé Pure Life is filtered through a 12-step quality process to ensure a great taste that the whole family approves of. We also love their simple light weight packaging too. Nestlé Pure Life is available in select Sam’s Club stores, ask your Club Manager about getting Nestlé Pure Life Water in your store if it’s unavailable.

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With our bottled water stash replenished, all I needed was a light weight and comfortable way to keep my spring & summer essentials with me while I am on the go.

A t-shirt tote bag is a simple way to up-cycle old t-shirts or thrift store find and can be done in a matter of minutes following these simple directions.

10 Minute T-Shirt Tote Bag. How to make a simple, lightweight tote bag in a matter of minutes.

#1. Cut the sleeves off. The easiest way to do this is to follow right along the natural line. 

#2. Cut the the along the neck line. You can once again follow the natural line or make yours more oval . I like to use a bowl and washable marker to help and add small curved lines to make it more oval like. 

#3. Decide how deep you want your bag to be and create a guide line across the bottom of the shirt.

#4. Make your cuts. Cut straight lines up to the guide line every .75-1″ apart. You don’t have to be precise, eyeballing it is fine.

#5. Go along the bottom of the bag once tying all of the fringes together snuggly. Be careful to match them exactly. When you are done you may notice that there are gaps, we’ll take care of this in the final step. 

#6. This steps sounds confusing but isn’t to bad. Take three knots and find the middle knot. Tie one middle strand with one strand from the knot on the left and tie the other middlestrand with one strand from the knot on the right. Continue this process all the way across the bag. Once you are done you can turn the bag inside out, or leave the fringe on the outside, and you are finished!

Notes: The thicker the t-shirt, the sturdier the bag will be. To create knotted shoulder straps simply cut tie. If using a designed t-shirt consider if you want the fringe on the inside or the outside while tying the bottom together.

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10 Minute T-Shirt Tote Bag. How to make a simple, lightweight tote bag in a matter of minutes.

How do you plan to stay on the go this spring, summer?
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  • Jessica

    That tote is so fun and easy! Great idea! Course I love the color the most. 🙂

    • Thanks friend. Something about that color just screams spring!

  • Heather Bramlett

    Ella would love this bag!! We may have to add it to our spring bucket list! 🙂

    • Oh it would be the perfect project for her!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    You are so creative!! I am pinning this to do later with my older kids! And I totally agree, I love that nestle pure life water has such lightweight packaging!

    • Thanks Lizzie. I definitely see us making more of these in the future.

  • I love this! I have to make one soon.

  • Yay Sam’s! Love it! I made several of these bags last year and my kiddos love them. One was used last night to carry swimming gear to a party.

    • I think these bags will be perfect for all of our being on the go come summer!

  • What a fun and easy way to create a bag on the go! And that green color you picked is perfect for March.

    • For March and spring too! I am loving it. Hope you have a great Sunday.

  • That tote is so cute and easy!!! Love the color you chose.

    • Thank you! I think that color is just perfect for spring.

  • Love the colour of the tote!

    • Me too! Something about it just screams spring!

  • Cat @ MaryMarthaMama.com

    This is so cute!

  • Melanie E

    Wow, I can’t believe that this only takes 10 minutes to make. That’s awesome! #client

    • That’s my favorite part! Such a fun, simple project!

  • The only water we ever get is Nestlé Pure Life so I’m right there with ya! And we just so happen to get ours from Sams, too! Love this tote, girl! So clever and cute!

    • Sam’s is the best! My girls just love that place. Thank you friend.

  • That is such a cool bag!! I will need to try it out, as I have all the old t-shirts I don’t wear.

    • It would be the perfect way to upcycle something you dont wear anymore.

  • The t-shirt tote is genius! My husband and I have been looking for ways to use our old keepsake shirts (since we don’t wear them anymore). He wants a quilt. I’ve thought of pillow cases…but this is another genius way to put them to good use! Love it!

    • I have a friend who makes those quilts! Super cool. This is definitely a fun way to use a few of them.

  • Well you are a crafty one! This is so cute! And I carry a water bottle on me at all times, its a fear of mine to be without water!

    • You and me too friend. Why am I not surprised.

  • I would have never ever thought to make a shirt into a purse but that looks super easy and like it works so well! I just may have to try this with an old shirt 🙂

    • It was super easy and a really neat way to make a simple tote too!

  • This is super cute! I need to drink more water!

  • That t-shirt tote is so cute and such a genius idea! Love it!

    • Thanks Leslie! I really enjoy a simple project.

  • You are just so clever. How simple is this DIY? I think I may be able to do this one myself.

  • Nestle water is my favorite!
    Oh wow, I would have never thought to make a tote out of a tshirt. That’s just

    • I thought it was pretty cute and clever too.

  • Tess Yiamarelos

    Going make a few for grocery shopping better than paper or plastic

    • They would be great for the store. Just use a really sturdy, stiff cotton to make them strong.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m always needing bottled water so buying in bulk is good! Thanks for sharing this post – and the DIY. I love how the bag looks. 🙂


    • Yes! Especially during this busy time of the year. Thank you so much!

  • What a cute idea! Our one-year-old loves drinking water out of the bottle, but no one wants to drink after that! Buying in bulk is definitely a great way to go if you don’t have a filter. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • Lol! That cracked me up. I totally use refillable bottles all the time but sometimes the bottled water is so much easier. Hope you are having a great weekend!