Posted on 24/04/2020

We’ve made the face mask. And now, with the end of lockdown looming we need to get ready to dash out the door as soon as we’re given the go ahead to go for a run (responsibly dash, and within regulations of course). So to help you get prepared and to help you use up those t-shirt scraps from making your face mask we asked Leanda to do a Tote bag tutorial. Damn she’s good.

If you make it, please share your totes, we would love to see your crafty during COVID creations!


  • Scraps from face mask tee, or an old race tee
  • Newspaper
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Old shoe lace/thin rope



  1. Make pattern: mark out your pattern block, 24x24cm or bigger if you want your tote to be bigger.
  2. Cut out your material: Cut open your shirt on one side from the bottom to the top, all along the one side so you can open the shirt flat.
  3. Cut out your material: Place your pattern block on your shirt leaving enough space on the one side to fit in another block next to it. ONLY cut along THREE Sides, leaving the side with the extra material uncut.
  4. Remove the pattern block and fold the piece you cut over onto the other side of material and continue cutting. You will be left with a long rectangular piece of material (24x48cm).
  5. Fold the right sides of the shirt together/towards the inside
  6. Place blocks on top of one another so that the inside of the shirt faces outwards, and pin the two opposite sides that are adjacent to the uncut side so you crate the ‘pouch’.
  7. Hand sew the seams along your pins, about 1cm from the sides, on both sides. You will now have a pouch.
  8. Turn the pouch inside out, so the front of the shirt faces outwards.
  1. Fold the opening edge about 2cm in and pin it all the way around, marking where you will leave a gap (about 2cm) for the opening to thread the lace.
  2. Hand sew as close possible to the edge of the folded tube you created at the opening, but leaving out the gap you marked.
  3. Thread the lace through the opening you left, and pull it through the loop you created at the top of the pouch.
  4. Tie your laces in a knot, to prevent it slipping back through.
  5. Fill it with your kit and dash out the door.

And that’s it! You are all set for those post training sweaty socks or shirts! It can easily be thrown into the wash inside the bag so you don’t have to touch those smelly, sweaty things. BONUS! It is also great to separate the clean stuff from the gross stuff inside your bigger kit bag.

Share your creation and let us know if you’d like to learn other ways to get crafty with your old kit!

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