I can’t tell you how many over-sized t-shirts that I wind up cutting, sewing, pinning, and altering to finally get them looking and fitting the way that I want to, but this is one instance where I purposely went for a large shirt. I always need tote bags for the beach and couldn’t resist turning this classic Sailor Jerry t-shirt into a custom bag. I added fringe and wooden beads to complement the hula girl design and I can now proudly (and literally) tote around one of Norman Collin’s original designs. It’s simple, quick, and doesn’t require any sewing if you don’t want it to!
1 large or extra large t-shirt
Needle and thread (optional)
*This sounds a little awkward, but when purchasing beads you’ll want to look for ones with a large… hole (go ahead and giggle a bit). This is so that you’ll be able to string them onto the fringe easier.
Start by cutting off the sleeves, bottom hem, and neckline of the t-shirt. You’ll also cut the top off the straps of the “tank top” that we now have. Cut a deep scoop or V-neckline for longer straps.
Tie the front left shoulder to the right front shoulder and repeat with back straps. I didn’t want to cut into my hula girl design and wanted a deep tote bag so I kept my straps pretty small and chose to sew them together instead.
I also used a seam ripper to remove this small patch on the shirt.
Cut 1/2 inch to an inch wide strips across the bottom of the shirt. My strips measured 5 1/2 inches and came up to the bottom of my design, but you can cut longer ones for extra long fringe.
Next you’ll lightly tug on all of the strips to get them to curl up slightly.
Tie the matching front and back strips together and tie once more to form a tight knot. Continue with remaining strips.
String one bead onto each fringe strip and tie the bottom in a knot so it doesn’t slip off. Repeat with remaining strips and you’re done!
Well…almost. I had a “helper” that prevented me from finishing my project when I needed to!
Now stash all your goodies (including your Sailor) in this customized bag!
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