Reuse your stuff: How to make a T-shirt bag in five minutes

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Make your own T-shirt bagThe preceding pages covered large-scale lifestyle changes, which, admittedly, can be hard to make. So here’s something easy instead: Repurpose an unwanted, underused old T-shirt by turning it into a reusable tote bag, with just one quick seam and some quick scissor work.

STEP ONE
Collect a heavy cotton T-shirt, pencil, dinner plate, scissors (you’ll be happier if you have a nice sharp pair) and sewing machine.

STEP TWO
Turn the T-shirt inside out. Make sure it’s flat, and that all your seams line up nicely.

STEP THREE
Position the plate halfway over the shirt’s neck opening. Trace the plate with the pencil (think half-moon shape). Repeat similar cutting lines over the sleeves. Cut along the traced lines to create the bag opening and handles.

STEP FOUR
Sew the bottom of the T-shirt hem closed.
Voila!