Today I’m privileged to share this great tutorial by my friend Chrissie. She is really creative and loves to try out different things as a hobby, and she has come up with this great way to use t-shirts. She generally gets childrens t-shirts with great pictures on the front, but this would work with adult ones too. She makes these great zip up pouches with them!
They would be a great way to use your kids t-shirts once they have grown out of them, a fab way to upcycle and keep happy memories! They are useful to use as large pencil cases, tablet cases, or all sorts of things!
Here are some of the ones Chrissie has made in the past, they look fab don’t they!
How To Turn T-Shirts into Zipped Lined Bags
Place pins through the front, about 5 will do just so the fabric and wadding doesn't move. Or a few tacking stitches that can be removed afterwards. Quilt though the front making small running stitches around the outline of the pattern. It creates interest, gives a 3D effect and helps hold the fabric together. You can do as little or as much as you like. Avoid stitching through any pattern that has vinyl, rubber or plastic on it as it makes an unsightly hole.
Next, process the back in the same way. On this one I decided to use a bright pink for the back instead of the white that I had originally cut out. Instead of usually quilting a straight line I cut out a circle on grease proof paper and randomly quilted multiple circles.
Next sew the zip into the longest length of the bag.
Sew the remaining seams together and it’s finished!
I totally love this pouch, and I’m lucky enough to own it as Chrissie very kindly sent it to me as a gift! She is a great friend!
Do let me know what you think of these pouches, Chrissie and I would love to hear your thoughts and if you decide to make one, do send me some photos!
My next blog post will be about making jewellery from buttons, so do take a look next week! I have plenty of new pictures for you to see on IG, FB and Twitter as well, so take a look at those if you want to keep in touch in between blog posts!