Check Out How This Reader Upcycles Old Team Gear into Beautiful Tote Bags

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homemade sports tote bag

Fan of sports teams know how pricy team-gear can get. Buying jackets, tees, shorts, and more for your kids school teams can add up quickly! Plus once they wear holes in them or outgrow them, it’s usually time to toss them.

Hip2Save reader Michelle came up with a genius solution to upcycle those old jerseys into sports-themed tote bags! This awesome tip not only repurposes your old clothes, but you’ll also end up with a one-of-a-kind piece to show off your team spirit!

Check out how she turned jerseys into a thoughtful gift for her coaches…

old sports jersey

I made tote bags out of old jerseys that were going to be thrown away. The coaches loved them.

I had to make my own pattern. I cut squares 18.5” x 18.5” from the jersey and ironed on craft fusible interfacing to make the fabric a little stiffer. Then I sewed them together at the bottom. I cut out lining material and sewed a little pocket inside from the sleeves of jersey. I purchased webbed strapping from Amazon for the handles.

Stitched everything together to make an adorable and useful tote bag for coaches!

materials for sports jersey tote bag

Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your creative idea with us! We love the idea of upcycling a worn-out item into something that is truly one-of-a-kind! Plus, we love that you used this idea to give back to your team coaches. These totes are such a practical gift and oh so cute, too! 😍

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Comments 14

  1. vmonaco

    What a great idea! I wish I thought of this when my kids were in sports. So thoughtful and useful.

    • WestbergFive

      Thank you for the nice comment! The coaches were so appreciative to get the bags. It will be so nice to see them in use!

  2. cristinimartini

    Super cute!! And I work in Wayzata so even more fun to see 😉

    • WestbergFive

      Thank you! My daughter is a senior at the high school, so this is our last year at Wayzata.

  3. Kristy

    Hey there neighbor! I’m in wayzata district!!

    • WestbergFive

      That is awesome! I am surprised to hear from people in our area!

  4. Betsy

    What a brilliant idea! We live in New Hope! It’s fun to see so many from our area on this site!

    • WestbergFive

      Thank you! I was thinking the same thing, how cool it was that so many from our area love H2S too!

  5. Momof3superkids

    Nice and neat work!! Very well sewn👍👍

    • WestbergFive

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment. I love to sew!

  6. Sallys

    this is very cool! very nicely done!

    • WestbergFive

      Thank you! They were actually easier to make than I expected.

  7. Erin Rank

    I came to say that I know Wayzata too! Fellow Minneapolis area resident here.

    • WestbergFive

      Well hello! So nice to meet some fellow Minnesotan’s. Thank you!

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