Make a Wood Handle T-Shirt Bag

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Square feature image of a wood handle t-shirt bag in pink and coral stripes hanging on an old bedroom door knob.

Make this cute wood handle bag out of a t-shirt in minutes!

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I bought this pink striped t-shirt last year on clearance with the intention of wearing it this summer but when I put it on it just didn’t fit or look right.

I love the colors though, so I came up with the idea to make a bag out of it!

This bag is easy to make, no pattern, no lining, and with minimal sewing. I hand-sewed the handle on and the gathered look at the bottom of the bag is just strips of the t-shirt tied.

The handle was really inexpensive. I bought it on Amazon. Here is a link to a similar one. The handle I bought is now out of stock… but there are so many different handles to choose from, just find one with a straight edge. Search “wood handle bag” and a bunch will come up.

So grab an old t-shirt and read below to get the details on how to make this cute bag.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Wood handle (straight edge not round)
  • One t-shirt
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors

How to Make a Wood Handle T-Shirt Bag

STEP 1: Cut your t-shirt under the arms (rounded cut) as shown below.

Cut your t-shirt under the arms. You will only need the body of the t-shirt to make this wood handle t-shirt bag.
Cut the top of the t-shirt off (rounded cut).

STEP 2: Turn your t-shirt inside out. On the side you just cut, cut 6-7-inch long strips (about 1-inch wide) like fringe as shown along the span of the shirt. Then tie each one in a knot as shown.

step 2 photo - Turn your t-shirt inside out. On the side you just cut, cut 6-7-inch long strips (about 1-inch wide) like fringe as shown along the span of the shirt. Then tie each one in a knot as shown.
Cut as fringe, then tie each one in a knot as shown.

STEP 3: Turn the t-shirt right-side out again. All of the tied knots will be on the inside bottom of the bag to give it a gathered look.

STEP 3 Photo - Turn the t-shirt right-side out again. All of the tied knots will be on the inside bottom of the bag to give it a gathered look.
Turn the t-shirt right-side out again.

STEP 4: To attach the handles, pull the t-shirt through the handle and pin where you want the handle to go. Use a needle and matching thread to stitch across to attach the handle. See next photo for a more zoomed out view.

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STEP 4 - To attach the handles, pull the t-shirt through the handle and pin where you want the handle to go. Use a needle and matching thread to stitch across to attach the handle. See next photo for a more zoomed out view.
Pull the t-shirt though the handles and hand-sew the handle on.

STEP 5: This is how the bag looks when open with both handles attached.
This is how the bag looks when open with both handles attached.
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