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Mini-Maker Faire - how to for t-shirt bag

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[caption id="attachment_447" align="aligncenter" width="216" caption="Step 1: Cut sleeves and neck opening to create handles"]Ann Arbor Mini-Maker Faire

Welcome to everyone who just found us via Lish's fab blog post on Craft about our appearance at the Ann Arbor Mini-Maker Faire a couple weeks ago. We had a blast teaching folks to make over 200 t-shirt bags.  We met loads of great people, many who never had attempted using a sewing machine before and couldn't believe how much fun and easy it was.  Plus the bags were the perfect accessory for Mini-Maker to carry all the loot from other booth's make and takes folks tried. To make your own t-shirt bag, grab any old t-shirt (kid's shirts work especially great, just the right size), cut off the sleeves just on the inside seam and cut out the neck, just a bit below the ribbed collar, keep the shirt lying flat so hole is uniform in size, front and back.
Step 1: Cut sleeves and neck opening to create handles[/caption] Next turn the shirt inside out and sew a straight seam along the bottom. If you want to get a little more fancy, you can square off the bottom of bag, by opening the bottom seam and creating a triangle at the corner and stitching this on both sides and trim the excess material.  Repeat on the other corner. [caption id="attachment_449" align="alignnone" width="144" caption="Step 2-3 - Sew bottom & corner"]Step 2-3 - Sew bottom & corner[/caption] TaDaa! T-Shirt bag is complete!
T-Shirt Bag Complete - TaDaa!

If you want to do a mass event of turning t-shirts to bags, ask to collect the bags from local schools.  I placed a box near my kid's school office and in less than 2 weeks I had collected over 200 t-shirts in all sorts of sizes and motifs.  Many parents were thrilled to clean  out their kid's closets of old sport team t-shirts.  This is a great project for kids and adults to sew.  Let me know if you try this as a school or scout event.

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