Guest post by Child Nutrition and Outreach Manager, Robert Brown: Food Bank Farm 2 Kids sites encourage taking home produce in reusable bags. Some of the after school program sites shared their ideas for obtaining bags: Tiffany DuBose, at Lincoln Elementary retrieves bags from storefront recycle bins; The folks at Fair Oaks Elementary and Meadow Homes Elementary ask parents and teachers to donate bags; Sun Terrace buys T-Shirt bags at Smart and Final; Claudia Chan, at Wilson Elementary makes tote bags out of used T-Shirts.
Making a tote bag using old T-Shirts is a great idea! Not only is this friendly to the environment, it is a good way for students to take ownership of their bags. Erin Huffstetler, a freelance writer at About.com has given some easy-to-follow steps.
What will you need?
- An old t-shirt
- A needle or sewing machine
- Sewing pins
- A large mixing bowl
- A pen or pencil
- Lay the t-shirt out on your work surface and smooth out any bumps or wrinkles. Then, cut off the sleeves, following the contour of the seam.
- Lay a mixing bowl over the neckline of the t-shirt, and trace around it. Then, cut along the line to create the opening for your tote bag.
- You should now be left with a t-shirt that resembles the one in the photo — pretty much your standard plastic grocery bag shape. To complete the tote bag, simply flip the shirt inside out; and sew the bottom opening shut. (Retrieved March 31, 2014 from http://frugalliving.about.com/od/craftsgifts/ss/TShirt_Tote_Bag.htm)
Many thanks to all who shared their tips for obtaining bags. A special thanks to Claudia Chan for sharing her wonderful idea with us, as well as a photo of the finished product (above).