15 Minute No Sew Tote Bag – Made From a Tank Top!

15 Minute No Sew Tote Bag – Made From a Tank Top!

15 Minute No Sew Tote Bag - Made From a Tank Top! Stop making tote bags using t-shirts - get a tank top - it's even easier!!! happydealhappyday.com

Learn here how to make a no sew tote bag from a tank top!  It takes 15 minutes – really!!  This is an easy and frugal craft project this is practical and fun!  You could even have the kids work with you on this one!  In fact, my almost 7 year old wants to pick out her own tank top next time we are at Walmart so she can make one of these herself.

I saw some other tutorials online on how to make a tote bag out of a t-shirt.  I got thinking to myself – why bother with the cutting the sleeves step?  Just get a tank top and make this project even more simple!!

no sew tote tank

Material needed to make a no sew tote bag:

Tank Top (I got mine from Walmart – check out the selection on Amazon as well!)


Seriously – That’s it!


no sew tote price

I went into Walmart and found this adorable pink and black chevron tank top for just $3.88!  I grabbed size XL so I could make the biggest tote possible.  A snip here, and a tie there, 15 minutes later you get a tote bag!

no sew tote measure

First thing is to turn your tank top inside out and lay it flat.  Measure 2″ from the bottom in a few places and mark it.

no sew tote line

Connect your dots until you get a line that is 2″ above the bottom – all the way across.

no sew tote cut

Now you need to get your pair of scissors and start making cuts, that will create strips of cloth that you will tie.  Start at very end and make your first cut up the seam until you reach the 2″ line that you drew.

no sew tote cuts

Now make cuts every 3/4″ to 1″ along the bottom.  Be sure to cut through both the front and back of the fabric as the strips you are creating will be paired up and tied together.

no sew tote tie

When you finish making the cuts all along the bottom, find your first pair of strips and tie it together twice, making a knot.  Now do this with each pair of strips the way along the bottom.

no sew tote hole

When you finish tying, you will notice that there are still small holes that remain in between the knots.  If you are nervous that something you are carrying in your tote will fall through, then you will need to do one more row of knot tying.

no sew tote double tie

You will find new pairs to tie together for this second row of knot tying.  Take the top strip from one knot, and the bottom strip from the knot next to it – and tie those 2 together.  Do this all the way across the bottom so now those holes are tied up.

no sew tote all tied

Here is what the bottom looks like when it is completely tied.

no sew tote right side out

Turn your tote back now right side out and you’ll see the cute knots at the bottom.  That’s it – you are done!  Now you have a cute tote for the beach, the park, groceries, yard sale shopping – you name it!

No Sew Tote Bag = Adorable, reusable, easy, frugal, and fun!  

no sew tote bag from tank top frame 2



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2 Responses to 15 Minute No Sew Tote Bag – Made From a Tank Top!

  1. I love your idea! How in the world did you figure out how to tie the bottom the second way, so that the bottom had no holes? I have tons of tank tops that I bought at Walmart. I wear one under a plaid flannel shirt during the winter. I wear a size medium. How small will the tote be? Do these totes stretch downward when items are added? I like small purses and this tote would sure be cute. They’d make cute gifts. They could be customized by adding like items, baby shower, bridal shower, get well, gym/sports, etc. I could see a laundry bag using a very large tank top.

  2. This is great! I was given a T-shirt bag, but they had seen the bottom. I don’t have access to a sewing machine, and who in the world would ever hand stitch all that?? This is so much easier & cuter! Thank-you! 👜

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