Recycled T-shirt Shopping Bag

A green, environmentally friendly alternative to disposable plastic shopping bags.


About one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe. That’s nearly 2 million every minute.

Source: Earth Day


  • Cotton t-shirt
  • 3-5 pins
  • Pencil
  • Plate
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine


  1. Cut and remove the sleeves
  2. Position a plate about halfway over the neck opening of the shirt. Trace the plate with your pencil or pen. This will be your cutting line to create the opening for your tote bag. Cut along the traced line with the scissors.
  3. Turn the T-shirt inside out and pin the bottom of the shirt
  4. Sew the bottom of the T-shirt hem closed

Source: by sewmargaretsew

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Ms. Angie Zhou

Education Specialist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Angie Zhou is an Education Specialist at MIT App Inventor. She was the founder and CEO of Dreams Come True in Shenzhen, where she developed online coding courses for kids. She also has previous curriculum development, teaching and staff training experience at First Code Academy in Hong Kong.