DIY Taake Tote Bag

So, for some inexplicable reason at about quarter to eleven last night I had a sudden desire to learn how to make a band top into a tote bag. Approximately 30 seconds later, I had found this site which explained how I could make a bag with only a pair of scissors and a t-shirt. However, it soon became clear that if I wanted to see the last step I would ‘have to go pro,’ which I wasn’t prepared to do at that time.  The last step was sorting out the handles, so have just left them as they ended up.

Anyway, It took a wee while for me to decide which band top to go for. Primarily because I wanted to start with a full t-shirt (as instructed on the site) and most of mine have had parts such as sleeves and necks harvested. In the end it was a tie up between Marduk and Taake. I went for the Taake shirt, mainly because it’s enormous on me and would work better as something to lug my stuff around in.

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1. Get your stuff together: Band shirt, chalk, scissors.

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2. Carefully cut off the sleeves. Seen as though these sleeves include designs, I’ve decided to hang onto them and maybe craft up some patches or something.

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3. Use some chalk and a bowl to create a scooped shape. (After I had taken these photographs, I decided to make my scoop a little larger to make the handles of the bag easier to hold.)

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4. Cut the scoop.

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 5. At the bottom of the shirt, cut through both layers of material to make slits, with an inch between each slit.

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 6. Align all of the slits and tie in double knots.  I didn’t want the raggedy ends at the bottom of my bag, so I turned my top inside out before tying the knots.

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…and you have a bag ready for your next gig. if you decide to make yourself a band bag, please send us your photographs!

– Katie.

 

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