I love upcycled stuff because we as a society are generally super wasteful. We wear clothes and use items until we’re sick of them, and then they usually end up getting thrown out. It’s fine to get sick of your clothing or your pillow cases, but why not put them to better use? You can take this old stuff and make it new again with a few relatively easy steps and a little bit of time.
For example: did you know that old t-shirts and pillow cases make for excellent tote bags? They do! Tote bags are so great to have, especially as September rolls around. When I was in college, I loved using big tote bags to carry my notebooks around because I never liked backpacks. You can use them for school, you can use them for overnight trips, or you can bring them on outdoorsy adventures. But why spend money on them when you could so easily make them at home from things you already have? Get those old t-shirts, jeans, pillow cases, sweaters, and even dish towels ready – here are 16 DIY tote bag tutorials you must try:
1. Take an old striped shirt and make it into the cutest little bag. It’s so much easier than it looks!
2. This fringe tote made from t-shirt might be perfect for the beach, but it could really work for anything.
3. Use tank tops you no longer wear to make cute little tote bags.
4. Find some old placemats that look cool, and create an awesome bag with them. I’m obsessed with this pattern!
5. Use old canvas to make this bag, which doesn’t even look like a DIY project. And it should be sturdy enough for school!
6. This no-sew t-shirt fringe bag is perfect for eco-friendly grocery shopping.
7. Use an old t-shirt to make this tote – you can even do a front pocket!
8. This no-sew option is simple and can be used for basically anything.
9. How awesome is this denim tote bag? It’s the perfect way to upcycle your old jeans.
10. Use old pillow cases for a cool tote like this one.
11. Old mesh material makes for a great beach or pool bag.
12. You can even make a tote bag out of an old sweater!
13. And here’s another sweater bag option that looks a little more sturdy:
14. Not into the denim striped bag? This one is clearly made from jeans but still looks so cool. Love the strap!
15. This beautiful little tote bags are actually made from old dish towels, which is kind of amazing.
16. Here’s a no-sew tote bag made from a pillow case. I love the braided strap.
Which of these tote bag tutorials is your favorite? Which are you going to try? Tell me in the comments!