How to make a Christmas gift bag from an old T-shirt

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Out of wrapping paper? Save the day with this easy DIY Christmas gift bag using an old T-shirt.

Blogger Miss Thrifty came up with her own twist on our gift bag made from an old jumper. Have a go at her festive goodie bag made from an old T-shirt, with her step-by-step instructions.

You will need

  • Sticky tack
  • Red string beads
  • An old, long-sleeved T-shirt
  • Thread in a matching colour
  • Needle or sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Ribbon


Glue gun, scissors, T-shirt and sewing supplies | T-shirt Christmas gift bag | Tesco Living

Step 1

Turn the t-shirt inside out and pin across the sleeve in a straight line, parallel to where you intend to sew.

Sew from the top to the bottom of the sleeve in a straight line, either using a straight stitch on your sewing machine or by hand. Tie off at both ends and trim any excess thread.

Folded white T-shirt on red background | T-shirt Christmas gift bag | Tesco Living

Step 2

Cut the sleeve about 1 cm below the line of stitching. It doesn’t have to be neat. You now have an inside-out gift bag. Turn the bag the right way round.

Step 3

Stitch a ribbon trim to the top of the bag – this will help to disguise any frayed bits.

Blue ribbon being sewn onto white T-shirt fabric | T-shirt Christmas gift bag | Tesco Living

Step 4

If you’re feeling ambitious you could go a step further and swap the traditional gift tag for the recipient’s name spelled out in buttons, sequins or fabric on the bag itself. I’ve used letters cut out from felt.

Red felt letters cut out with scissors | Recycled t-shirt Christmas gift bag | Tesco Living

Step 5

Can’t be bothered with a needle and thread? Glue the letters on instead. A glue gun is best, but don’t use PVA, which will soak through the fabric. If you don’t have a glue gun, you can always improvise with scraps of iron-on webbing, or tack it on.

White 'mum' gift bag on red background | Recycled t-shirt Christmas gift bag | Tesco Living

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