SECOND LIFE T-SHIRTS

I’ve been busy sewing and crocheting bags for Easter, you can find the pattern for a fabric drawstring bag HERE
For the fabric bag I found some jersey type fabric ribbon for it at Dollarama & I was in love. I actually went back for more and someone else must have found a great use for it because the shelf was half empty, but I did manage to get 10 more packs.
Today I took some of the leftover yarn I had and continued to make more crochet drawstring bags, which I will store and use up for Birthdays & Holidays.
While making a few today I thought to myself I’ll grab some of the old T-shirts I have piled up in my work shop for woodworking ( they are great for staining and faux distressing) and cut one into my own strips for drawstrings! It’s frugal and enviromental, T-shirts make great rags but here they will live on much longer!
You want to cut the strips approximately 1/2 an inch, as for length I like to add 1 to 2 inches to the width (x 2) of my bags ( for side pull draw strings you need two identical sized strings and for a front pull you want the 1 string width of your bag x 2 plus 3 to 4 inches)
If your T-shirt has a print you want to avoid making strips from that part, then again some may make interesting strings!

bag2

HOOK 4.5 & 4 Ply Yarn
HDC-Half Double Crochet
DC Double Crochet
Sc Single Crochet
ROUND ONE Magic ring chain 2 and 11 more hdc in it, slip stitch & chain 2
ROUND TWO 2 hdc in each stitch( 24 total) slip stitch & Chain 2
ROUND THREE 24 hdc around slip stich & chain 2
ROUND FOUR: 2 hdc in 1st stitch, hdc in next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next, repeat around, slip stitch & chain 2. (32 total)
Hdc around for a total of 15 rows ( slip stitch & chain 2 at the end of each row)
Chain 3 at the beginning of row 16. Dc around (32) slip stitch & chain 2
Do 2 more rows of hdc around
End with a row of sc
Cast off
Use 1/2 inch ribbon for drawstring or crochet a draw string
Or use a jersey fabric ribbon strip from an old T-shirt
For a single pull drawstring start your string in the middle of your bag on the Double Crochet row, weaving it in and out of the stitches( posts), tie the 2 ends together to form a knot at the ends
For a double side pull drawstring, start one string on the side of the bag, weaving end and out of the stitches (posts), then repeat on the opposite side, tie the 2 ends together to form a knot at the ends
I like to make the back of my bags were all the slip stitching is

THE PATTERN FOR A LARGER BAG IS:
HOOK 4.5 & 4 Ply Yarn
HDC-Half Double Crochet
DC Double Crochet
Sc Single Crochet
ROUND ONE Magic ring chain 2 and 11 more hdc in it, slip stitch & chain 2
ROUND TWO 2 hdc in each stitch( 24 total) slip stitch & Chain 2
ROUND THREE 24 hdc around slip stich & chain 2
ROUND FOUR: 2 hdc in 1st stitch, hdc in next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next, repeat around, slip stitch & chain 2. (32 total)
ROUND FIVE: 2 hdc in 1st stitch, hdc in next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in next, repeat around, slip stitch & chain 2. (40 total)
Hdc around for a total of 17 rows ( slip stitch & chain 2 at the end of each row)
Chain 3 at the beginning of row 18. Dc around (40) slip stitch & chain 2
Do 2 more rows of hdc around
End with a row of sc
Cast off
Use 1/2 inch ribbon for drawstring or crochet a draw string
Or use a jersey fabric ribbon strip from an old T-shirt
The buttons you just top feed yarn into the button with a needle and knot a few times inside the bag, I have bags full of thrifted buttons!
I picked up some of this cotton/nylon yarn and made a bag using the larger pattern and a 6.5 hook.
bag 1
yarn

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