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10+ Free Patterns for Recycled Bags

The theme for this years Zero Waste week is reuse, why not refashion clothes into bags – I love the challenge and creativity involved in this. It costs little, have a go:)

Here are my top 10 plus tutorials for upcycling clothes into bags.

Loving this sweater bag from Renegade Seamstress


Taking less than an hour this tote holds your laptop, magazine, tablet – perfect for adding your brand of individuality to any outfit. The bag uses thrifted handles but you could easily replace with bought handles.

Create an upcycled denim tablet case using a pair of old jeans.

Denim Mini IPAD Case 2

Switch the fabric for some former trousers to create a denim tablet case, utilize the back pocket which is perfect for earphones. This tablet case is lined with an old shirt, with some fusible fleece for protection of the tablet.

Leather Bag from a former jacket


This tutorial is from Philigry. I love the slouchy feel, you will need a leather needle for your sewing machine and grommets.

Large shoulder bag made from former shirts. I love this – the real challenge is to spot a fun shirt in a charity shop. Find the tutorial at bugglebee.



Messenger bag from Noodlehead.


This is a hardwearing messenger bag created from former cargo pants, alternatively you could use denim trousers. Personally I think these are great for men, especially if they have young children, you can easily fit in a toddlers drink, packet of wipes and a snack.

Tweed Skirt Bag Tweed Skirt Bag


Utilizing the original pleats in a skirt this is a fun bag – make it as deep or as shallow as you like.

Scrap Linen Patchwork Bag by mysocalledcraftylife


Use up your scrap fabrics to create this fun and stylish tote. The instructions are easy to follow including the leather straps.

Transform a jacket into a ladies shoulder bag.

Jacket Shoulder Bag

Brilliant for throwing everything into, and when needed through the washing machine (or is it just me that ends up with a bag covered in spilt squash?!)

How about a large denim tote? Denim is so versatile and strong.  

Upcycled Tote Bag Tutorial

Next up this cute Scottish dog bag.



Its designed by one of my favourite bloggers Jill. It utilises old trousers and a skirt.

Lastly I have to include a tshirt tote for your groceries, especially as in the UK you will be charged 5p per bag from October!!

diy tshirt tote

Best get making!

If you fancy more upcycled bag ideas pop over to my bags board on pinterest. What’s your favourite upcycle with former clothes?





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Helen @ Witty Hoots

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

These are just brilliant - think I need to get my sewing machine out! Thank you for joining in with Frugal Family Linky!


Thursday 1st of October 2015

Thanks Helen:)


Friday 25th of September 2015

love these - so much choice too! And such great ideas for giving things a new life, the T shirt one is my favourite #frugalfamilylinky

Rachelle Strauss

Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

I love that first one, and I have a soft spot for patchwork - it's so bright and cheerful. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!


Friday 11th of September 2015

I love love love all of these bags -- I wish I had time to try making them all.

A few years ago I tried making a messenger bag out of foil coffee bags. It turned out ok. Here are instructions, fyi:


Friday 11th of September 2015

This is a great collection of tutorials. Always love what you do, Vicky!

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