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Reusable Produce Bags Made From T-shirts & Onesies


I’m on a mission to go through every corner, closet, nook, cranny, and drawer of our house to clear the clutter and repurpose, recycle or get rid of of things we no longer need. T-shirts are my latest target (how do we have so many?!) and after repurposing my husband's old tees by turning them into reusable disinfectant wipes, I wanted to do something equally productive for the planet with mine and my daughter's.
reusable produce bags made from t shirts onesies, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
No more plastic produce bags for us! You're welcome, Earth.
reusable produce bags made from t shirts onesies, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
T-shirts and onesie pulled out of dark closet corners and about to get new life as DIY reusable produce bags!
reusable produce bags made from t shirts onesies, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
So simple: 1. Cut the top off your shirt. 2. Turn it inside out and sew what is now the bottom of your bag closed. 3. Use a rotary cutter (or scissors) to cut staggered slits through the fabric and a little handle at the top...
reusable produce bags made from t shirts onesies, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
...and get your shop on! I like this large-sized produce bag for larger, lightweight produce like lettuce and kale.
reusable produce bags made from t shirts onesies, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
A size 4T t-shirt (that’s already pretty proud to be green) upcycled into a fantastic, sturdy little produce bag. I wanted this tee’s fitting green message to appear upright, so I sewed the bottom of the shirt closed and made the neck hole the top of the bag. I also cut off the sides of the shirt to remove the sleeves, and sewed new seams along the sides, leaving me with a small, rectangle bag. I decided to keep this one free of slits throughout to make it extra sturdy, but did use my rotary blade to cut little handles at the top just below the neckline.
reusable produce bags made from t shirts onesies, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Proud to be green!
reusable produce bags made from t shirts onesies, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
This little cutie is my favorite: my daughter's 6 month onesie turned produce bag! Similar to the 4T bag, I made this one using the neck hole as the bag’s top. Then I cut and stitched along the sides and bottom to make a rectangle-shaped bag. Lastly, I used my rotary cutter to add a few rows of staggered slits to the bottom.
reusable produce bags made from t shirts onesies, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
I made this gray bag from one of my old t-shirts using the instructions at the top of this post, except I decided to skip cutting slits through it, so this one is more like a t-shirt tote. I love it for holding vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots that would always poke through and shred those plastic produce bags.
reusable produce bags made from t shirts onesies, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
I love that I found a way to repurpose some of our old shirts, and I REALLY love that I’ll no longer be filling landfills with disposable plastic produce bags! Bonus? These reusable produce bags also qualify for “bring your own bag” credits at the grocery store – They help save the planet, and save you money on your grocery bill!

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  • Pamela Knott
    on May 24, 2014

    All Things G&D: How is the clutter clean-up going? I've tried to do this so many times, I just can't get through it all. But I keep trying! I just emptied our entire yard shed out into the yard and not putting anything back in that isn't necessary! But what a mess! Next is the back door closet!

    • All Things G&D
      on Jun 12, 2014

      @Pamela Knott It's going well - thanks for asking! We just had a HUGE garage sale over the past two weekends and got rid of so much stuff we no longer needed. Our poor house was bursting at the seams, but now it's breathing a sigh of relief - as am I, lol! Good luck to you on your mission, Pamela!

  • Cheryl
    on May 20, 2017

    I was thinking that I love the carbon footprint for a logo on a t shirt for Father's Day. I work in a preschool nursery and I'm always looking for ideas lol.
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