Saturday, August 7, 2010

Summer Bag

Do your kids have t-shirts that they LOVE and are sad when they can no longer wear them?

My son does and gets sad when they no longer fit.

(Since Pre-School Ian has LOVED Pokemon.  So when we find Pokemon T-shirts we have a tendency to buy them for him.  Ian has been growing like a weed lately and he grew out of a bunch of t-shirts.  We passed along to a friend most of them and kept the Pokemon ones.)

My mom made them into bags for him.  Ian likes to use these type of bags for his gym clothes.  She used the bottom of the shirt to make a drawstring for the red one and handles for the black.

My mom made these bags while the kids were there a couple weeks ago.  When she made them for the Ian, Lily wanted one of her own.  My mom told me to bring down a long sleeve shirt.  I had just donated of most of her old clothes...so finding something long sleeve was impossible.  So I grabbed a tee shirt and pair of leggings that were too small (they were size 3).

Here a photo of an outfit that was similar to the one we used.  I forgot to take a photo of the ones we actually used.  Both outfits are from Gymboree.
For Lily's bag she turned the shirt inside out and sewed the bottom of the shirt above the hem and up the seam where the sleeves are sewn on.  She then cut off the sleeves.  (she also added a bottom to the bag by sewing the corners) Then she cut up the pant and made a tube and sewed it onto the bag.  The shirt had ruffles on the arms.  I think it made the bag adorable.
Lily is LOVING what she calls her "Summer Bag".

What I love is when these bags get dirty I can just throw them in the washer.
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30 Sweet Comments:

Amy said...

oh my heck! these are so so cute!! WOW!!♥them!!

Pretty Things said...

really creative! I particularly love the pink bag!

malia said...

melanie! love your blog and your work... wow! i am your newest follower (-:

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Aw! What a great, creative idea! yay! for your mom :o) I see where you get your creative, artistic talent from :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

AmyZ said...

what an amazing idea!! you could sell these.....fantastic!!!

Feyza DEMIRTAS said...

Such a pretty and beautiful bag :)
Cheers

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

And now I know where your talent comes from. That is a clever idea and so adorable!

Fresh Mommy said...

Melanie, this is such a great idea!! We definitely have some outgrown shirts we could use! I LOVE her summer bag as well :)

~Tabitha

~ Noelle said...

what a cute idea!
love that last pic of Lily!

Kimberly said...

Aha! So crafty talent runs in the family. Genius, and oh so thrifty. That's my kind of crafting!

Val said...

LOL! I just posted a repurposed tshirt project on Made By You Monday too ;)

Peach Rainbow said...

Lovely Idea!
Lily's bag is so cute.

Mellisa Rock said...

What a great idea! I would love to make something like this...hmm might be time to give a craft project a try!

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Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Oh how cute!! You're so smart.

Alison said...

Melanie, you are truly amazing! What a fun and personalized project.

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

This is such a cute idea, Melanie! I absolutely LOVE it! Great way to upcycle grown-out-of clothes! :)

Lori T said...

I saw your blog on a link up. I love this idea; I hate to throw stuff away. Thanks for the idea!

Nikki said...

LOVE that!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking it to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Melissa said...

I really like the idea of using them for gym clothes!!

inadvertent farmer said...

OK...these are simply brilliant! I must go look for some old t-shirts now...Kim

Bonnie said...

Great idea!

Becky said...

Great idea- the ruffles are priceless and what a great way to use something that you love over again!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

This is a GREAT idea! My daughter gets sad when she grows out of her clothing so this would be a great solution!

Thank you for linking up at www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

These are so great--I love all of the recycled clothes. After seeing this i have decided dear daughter and I are having a sewing day on Monday!

Cheryl said...

It IS a summer bag! That flower is so sweet. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

Leslie said...

Oh what a fabulous idea! My son would love this, because he loves bags. We have so many backpacks it is unreal. These are so fantastic. Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Robin said...

That is the cutest little girl bag. I love it! thanks for linking up to Upcycled Awesome!

Kristi Flanagan said...

This turned out adorable! Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

Kristi
Punkin Seed Productions

Jerri said...

What a cute idea! I need to work on my sewing so I can make things like this!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

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