Friday, August 12, 2011

T-shirt hobo bag (Day 16)

One of the great things about crafts is that they are so easy to adapt to any budget. If you really want to go to Hobby Lobby or Michael's and spend half of your paycheck, you can. Or, you can take old clothes, t-shirts, garage sale finds and shredded paper and make new things.

My organization is really big into re-using as many things as possible, and today the campers made bags out of t-shirts. They're sort of like big hobo/market bag type things, but they are super cute, and as budget friendly as you want them to be.

One extra large t-shirt {(we used leftover from last year, but you can use anything; I've been known to dye a grungy old white t-shirt to make these)
Things to decorate with {(our campers used fabric puff paint, and I didn't decorate mine at all, so whatever makes you happy!)}


Lay out your t-shirt like so:

Now, cut off the arms.  And the collar. Make this go as low or as high as you want. The "handles" are made with the arm straps that are leftover.

Cut up the side "seams" about 3-4 inches.

Through both layers of fabric, cut fringe from one side to the other. It should look like this:

Tie each pair {(front and back layer)} of fringes together. I recommend a double knot.

Aaaand viola! You now have an adorable market hobo bag, perfect for farmers markets, the beach, and running errands.

If you were to make this bag, how would you decorate it?

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