This recycled project shows you how to upcycle an old tank top into a environmentally friendly shopping tote in just 5 minutes.
What you need
Optional items for embellishing
For this project we used a plain tank top that has the most basic embellishment on it: Fabric painted dots.
Your embellishment ideas will only be limited by your creative abilities. You can add ribbons, iron on transfers or use marker pens to write environmental slogans onto the tank top tote such as. “Go Green”, “This is not plastic” etc.
To create your 5 minute tote you will need a sewing machine or serger overlocker to close up the bottom of the tank top. Sew across the bottom a few times to make it extra strong for vegetables or fruit.
You can sew directly across the bottom as shown or turn the tank top sideways with the arm holes on top of each other and then sew (this placed the handles directly in the middle of the tote).
This project is so quick to make it is perfect as a school or group craft project, the children can take turns at sewing the bottom closed or have an adult standing by. The activity duration can be lengthened by allowing the group to decorate and embellish their finished totes.