How to make…A T-shirt Beach Bag

Evening everyone! Well, it seems as though I haven’t posted for ages, and that’s because I haven’t! It’s been manic lately, we are looking to move house and all my free time (what little I get with a small baby) has been taken up with fixing up the house. But it has worn me out and left me rather miserable, so I have decided to take some time out from it and do some things for me, so hopefully I can get one or two posts written this week!

The idea for this Beach Bag How To Make came from the 5 Minute Craft Facebook page – they make some really interesting things, so check them out if you don’t already like them –

I think this bag is the perfect size for taking things to the beach or the pool while on holiday, but it is also handy for me to keep my yarn projects in to carry about the house and in the car with me!

What you will need:

  • An old t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Fabric paint
  • A brush

How to make it:

  1. Find an old T-shirt to use. It wants to be one that you like enough to have kept, that you would like to use as a bag, but that is now too old and worn out to wear anymore – Do also make sure that it’s big enough to fit in what you need!image
  2. Turn the T-shirt inside out and fold it in half lengthways so that the neck and armholes line up image
  3. Cut off the hems of the arms and the neckimage
  4. Next, also cut off the hem from the bottom of the shirt – you might want to use pinking shears for both of these steps to stop the edges from fraying – unless you like the idea of a frayed edge, it might look like casual beach chic!image
  5. Take the strip you cut off the bottom of the shirt and knot it around the bottom edge, good and tight, to seal the bottom of the bag image image
  6. Now turn your T-shirt the right way out. imageYou could leave it here and have a perfectly good beach bag, or you could use fabric paint to make it a little more decorative, and accentuate certain aspects of the T-shirts pattern. Make sure that you leave enough time for it to dry image
  7. Now you can pop in whatever you want to take with you to the beach/pool – the Beach Bag is stretchy like a T-shirt so you dont want to overfill it, but it is really handy for carrying sunglasses, suntan cream, a book and a purse!

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Lucy x


3 Little Buttons
Hot Pink Wellingtons
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  1. Lisa Savage July 26, 2016 / 6:53 am

    I LOVE this! It would make a super shopping bacg to roll up in your handbag too! I need to find a t-shirt now! Thanks #DreamTeam

  2. Laura - dear bear and beany July 26, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    What a brilliant idea! This is so easy to do and it looks great, I love it. Thank you for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura s

  3. Lux G. July 27, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Wow, this is genius.
    You make it look so easy…and cool! I’m gonna have to try this. 🙂

  4. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons July 27, 2016 / 10:39 am

    What a perfect beach bag! I have so many t-shirts that meet that criteria – a bit tatty but I love them and can’t bear to throw them away! I’ll bear this in mind (although I’m not sure of the next time I’ll be at the beach – sob!) Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

  5. Annette, 3 Little Buttons July 29, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Such a clever idea! It looks fairly straightforward and I love the slogan t-shirt you have used. I don’t have any old t shirts to use, but Little Button does. Perhaps I could make a little beach bag for her. Thank you for sharing this with the #DreamTeam xx

  6. Thrmotherhub July 30, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Oh my god that is amazing ! Am so impressed ( but totally uncrafty can I do this ??) #fortheloveofblog

  7. Emma Plus Three July 30, 2016 / 10:25 am

    Great idea. Looks really easy to do too! x #fortheloveofblog

  8. OddHogg July 30, 2016 / 10:58 am

    This is really cute – what a great idea! #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. Sunita August 1, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    This is such a cool idea and it looks so easy to make! Now I just need to find an old T-shirt….

  10. Emma August 3, 2016 / 10:54 am

    haha brilliant! this sounds actually easy to do as well! I love the idea of repurposing old clothes as well 🙂 thanks for linking with #fortheloveofblog ! Hope you enjoyed it and can join this weekend!

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