Repurposed Trick or Treat T-Shirt Bag

I did not make any adorable or complicated Halloween costumes this year. (Unlike the sock monkey costume from last year). We are just using something we already have on hand. However, I did whip up some trick or treat bags using old T-Shirts.

 

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

This was super easy and it’s so easy to customize. You could make these bags for any occasion…a cute one for the farmers market or grocery store, make one to wrap a present instead of traditional giftwrap…the possibilities are endless!

First, I grabbed 2 nasty undershirts of my husbands…he tends to wear them even though they have huge holes. Lovely. I also picked up some liquid RIT dye in Sunshine Orange
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Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

I followed MADE’s directions for dyeing fabric without using the washing machine.

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

Once they were washed and dried, they looked like this:

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

To make these shirts into bags, I turned to good old Martha Stewart’s tutorial.  First, turn the shirt inside out and stitch the bottom hem closed.

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

Next, grab a bowl and use it as a guide for making the neck hole bigger.

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

Cut it out.

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

Cut the sleeves off….and you now have a bag!

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

I could have stopped there, but I decided to add some freezer paper stencils to make them a little more festive. There are zillions of tutorials online for this method of stenciling. Just google it.

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

After some black fabric paint and using the hairdryer to dry it out (I’m impatient)…I was done!

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

Two bags for my 2 trick or treaters!

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

And hopefully they will hold up to use next year and the year after that and so on…

Repurpose an old t-shirt into an adorable DIY trick or treat bag!!

Have you ever tried making a T-Shirt bag? I am curious how well they hold up when carrying heavier things like groceries

Comments

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    says

    I'm pinning this because for the second year in a row my kids pumpkin buckets weren't big enough and the handles almost broke off. But I'm thinking I'll run out and buy Halloween shirts on clearance at Target to use. Then they're already decorated. Thanks for sharing.

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