June 3, 2015

DIY Tee to Tote

Today's DIY is brought to you courtesty of an Etsy purchase gone bad. When I ordered a Feyonce tee in my normal size and it arrived in crop top version that fit about 3 sizes smaller I wasn't quite sure what to do. Transforming in to a teenage size body wasn't about to happen, so I turned to Pinterest.

The tote is pretty easy to make, even for people like me who aren't great with scissors.

You will need:
A t-shirt

Step One:
Lay your t-shirt flat on the ground. 
You will want to cut off the sleeves and a scoop in the neck.
The tee I used already had a pretty low scoop, so I didn't need to cut one out.

Step Two:
Cut the bottom of the shirt to make tassels. 
I opted for wider, about 1/2 inch strips and cut them across the whole width of the shirt.

Step Three:
Tie the bottom tassels in to knots by using the front and back of the shirt. 
I found them to be secure after knotting them each twice.

I made an oopsie and accidentally cut the top of the t-shirt, when I should have kept it in tact. I ended up tying the top just like I did the bottom tassels to complete my tote and it still looks cute. 

This makes the perfect tote, whether it's for the beach, toting kiddie gear, trips to the gym, or hauling all your wedding planning essentials. My favorite part was that I didn't have to sew a single thing, because the only thing worse than me with a pair of scissors is attempting anything with a needle and thread.

Have you ever made a T-Shirt Tote? What would you use yours for?



  1. So cute Emelia! You're so crafty, I love it!

  2. I would NEVER think of this! So creative. What a way to turn a bad situation around!

  3. How clever!! I'm glad you were able to remedy the purchase! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Omg how great is this??? And no sewing? Bonus!! I love it!

  5. What a great DIY!!!! I need to try it on some shirts that have shrunk that I don't want to give away!

  6. This is adorable!! It's a bummer that your shirt was a crop top, but you totally made it work!!

    Thanks for linking up with us!!

  7. I know! I don't sew this was perfect. Thanks Melissa!

  8. I hate that your shirt didn't turn out like you hoped, but it definitely worked out for a pretty cute DIY. Did you end up getting another feyonce shirt?

  9. So sorry you had an Etsy fail, but look at the awesomeness you were able to transform it into. You rock :-D

  10. This is such a cute idea!! I'd love to do this for ladies for a bachelorette! Also, how awesome is that tee?? Thanks for linking up!

  11. This is so cute! I have SO many old tees that I don't wear but they have memories attached so I can't bear to part with them, this would be a great way to use them!

  12. Thank you Mary, I'm glad it worked out too! I didn't, but I do still want one ;) Do you have one?

  13. Awe thanks Kate, you're too sweet! I am glad I was able to get use out of it :)

  14. Thank you so much, I'm glad it worked out in the end :)

  15. Thank you Julia! It is SUCH a good way to get use out of sentimental tees you can' part with. I plan on making more, let me know if you try it!

  16. I don't. I do have a couple other bride related tanks though.