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Pattern - Upcycle a men's shirt - Shirt and Pants Tote Bag - upcycle, refashion, reuse

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What do you do when your husband rips a hole in the sleeve of his button-down shirt? I cut it up and made a cute tote bag out of it.

It was so much fun the rest of his closet was in danger. To prevent him from having to go to work shirt-less (he doesn't have that kind of job), I bought some shirts from a thrift store and made a pattern, so you could try it out.

The exterior is made from a men's button-down shirt. The interior is fully lined with twill, khaki, or denim--any kind of pants fabric. Thus the name, a shirt and pants tote bag.

To make the bag, you will need a men's shirt, twill or denim fabric, interfacing, and Timtex or nylon strapping for the handles.

Finished bag is approximately 10" L x 11" H x 6" W.


5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Judy
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 9, 2018
Shipped out immediately & in time for Christmas even though I found late!! Shared with ALZ patient and it was well received.
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Reviewed by buster404
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 9, 2018
This item came very quickly and was beautifully finished and sturdy for my Mom to pull on.
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Reviewed by Milly Houchins
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 24, 2017
Nice pattern, easy download
Pattern - Messenger Bag - Cross Body - Tracey

Reviewed by J Kinney
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 22, 2017
Love this pattern. I have been needing a nice purse that I can make without having to buy extra hard wear. This is the best and I love the color blocking. Thanks for such a great tutorial.
Pattern - Messenger Bag - Cross Body - Tracey


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