Shirt and Pants Bag

The last couple weeks have been crazy. My sister and I have been putting together a bridal shower for my niece. It’s going to be so cool. I will post pictures and such after. I want it to be a surprise.

In the mean time, my husband tore the sleeve of one of his work shirts. The rest of the shirt was in pretty good shape, so I could have cut off the long sleeves and made it short sleeve. He doesn’t wear that style of shirt though, so I tossed it on the pile of things to be fixed, figuring I’d come up with something.

And I did:

Orange Shirt and Pants Bag

I have been making a lot of tote bags of various sizes for something to do and been having a lot of fun trying different things. For this bag, I used his shirt for the outside and a twill fabric for the interior. The twill was from a scrapped attempt to make a bag for my cutting mat, so it was recycled too.

It came out so cute, I had to make more. I almost cleared the racks at Goodwill of long sleeve, button-down shirts, then realized the short sleeve shirts were cheaper and I didn’t need the sleeves anyway, so I grabbed a couple of those too. Green plain Shirt and Pants Bag Green and Brown plaid on the bias Shirt and Pants Bag

And I wrote out instructions, so you can raid your husband’s closet, or the local thrift store, and make your own bag.

Link to Shirt and Pants Bag Pattern. (The bags are for sale there too.)

If you make one, send me pictures. I would love to see how they turn out.

Now I need to figure out what to do with the sleeves and collars.


  1. I LOVE these bags and can’t wait to make some. I’ve got plenty of hubby’s old shirts to use. As for the sleeves and collars, take a look at this bedroom set – the quilt is made of men’s shirts and the pillow shams are decorated with the collars. I’ve seen a Pinterest article that made cute little pouches out of the cuffs.


    1. Thanks for the ideas! I had forgotten about the purses out of the cuffs. I made one before. I can’t wait to see your bags.


  2. Joselyn, you are so creative! Love these bags. What a great way to use up old shirts. One problem–I would have to cut around the paint blotches and oil stains, so there’d be nothing left to use. Oh, yes, another problem is I can’t sew!!! Patricia–I loved that quilt top of shirts. Very clever idea..I can imagine how soft and cuddly it would be to snuggle under it.


    1. Thanks, Janet! My sister brought me a box of jeans thinking I could cut them up for the lining, but they would have the same problem. Too many grubby spots.


  3. So cute! You’re amazing. I have two tote bags already but I feel a burning need for a third! 🙂


    1. T, you could probably make one of these. They are really easy.


  4. They are adorable! I can think crafty now I’ve found my office and would have room to work!


    1. It definitely helps to have space to work in. And some time to do it. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


  5. marsharwest · ·

    You are so creative Joselyn! But more than that, you must be a time management wizard to get so much done! I’ll be FBing and Tweeting this.


    1. Thanks, Marsha! I’m glad you like them. Thanks for sharing them. 🙂


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