Did you know you can make your own tote bag in around 15 minutes from an old t-shirt – no sewing required! Perfect for your next trip to the supermarket.

DIY no sew tote bag

What you’ll need:

  • T-shirt
  • Fabric scissors


  1. Lay t-shirt flat on a table.
  2. Cut neckline off.                                          
  3. Cut sleeves off.                             
  4. Turn shirt inside out and lay shirt flat.
  5. Cut bottom into strips.           
  6. Tie two of strips together and double knot.          
  7. Repeat until they are all tied.
  8. Tie neighbouring knots together.
  9. Turn bag right side out. Bottom will look like this:
  10. Your bag is ready to use.                                                      

Watch the YouTube video yourself for easy step by step instructions:

Did you make one? How did you go? Please add your comment below.

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  • I make these quite often, amd have started handpainting them for an extra touch. They are strong and so easy to clean. Plus they don’t shed mictoplastics like supermarket bags.


  • It looks good, great way to recycle old shirts. But I would be worried it would break, not strong enough to hold much


  • this is nifty. major up-cycling here! loving these frugal ideas


  • Would love to try this!


  • That is fascinating! Such a great idea


  • Making your own totes is wonderful and personal.


  • This is fantastic, clever as, quick as, easy as, I love it. Would wash up great and everyone has T-shirts they dont need.


  • Wow this is so clever thanks for sharing


  • What a great idea! I have a few t shirts that are a bit worn, but I love the colour/pattern so much that I can’t part with them – this idea is perfect! Thanks for sharing!


  • A great way to use old t-shirts and create some one of a kind bags!


  • That’s clever and a good way to keep shirts I can’t bear to wear but can’t bear to throw away!


  • How awesome is that. I’m going to try it


  • This is amazing. Going to have to try this for sure.


  • Wow! I need to try this. We have to buy our bags at the our supermarkets here so a couple of these would
    Be great to have stored in my handbag.


  • I’m not sure how strong that would be… Looks easy, though.


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