How to Make a No-Sew T-Shirt Bag

We all have those t-shirts sitting around that we love, but can’t wear any more for one reason or another.  I have some I don’t care about but for some reason can’t just toss them.  I want to make them useful.  Maybe I have a shirt that has a meaning to me, but I don’t really wear normal t-shirts.  Why not take those t-shirts and make them useful (and show them off) by creating a bag to use when you’re out shopping?!?

I know there are tutorials that show you how to create a bag by sewing…but not everyone has a sewing machine or even decent hand sewing skills.  Believe me, I suck at trying to hand sew!  I created a bag that is simple to create, only take a few minutes and all you need is an old shirt and scissors!

Ready. Set. Go!


No-Sew Recycled T-Shirt Bag


  • T-Shirt
  • Scissors



  1. Lay shirt flat.
  2. Ffold in half so that arms are together.  Cut sleeves off.  I always start by just cutting around the arm holes, where the stitches are.  You can always go back and cut off more later!
  3. Unfold and lay flat.  Cut our the neck line.   Again, I start by just cutting the neckline.  You can always cut more, but can’t add back fabric.
  4. Turn your shirt inside out and cut around the bottom.  If your shirt is large or too long, you can take off some of the length now.  You’ll see to see how long you want the bag, then add about 2 inches.
  5. Cut strips about an inch apart and two inches in length all along the bottom.  These don’t need to be perfect.  I always cut the front and back together so they match up.
  6. After you have them cut, double knot the front and back together.  If you’ve ever made a no-sew fleece blanket
  7. Turn right-side out and you’re done.  If you want bigger handles, feel free to cut as you’d like.  To hide any uneven cutting, pull the t-shirt material slightly and it will start to turn in and curl.



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