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T-Shirt Recycled into a Wheelchair Walker Tote Bag

Posted on February 20, 2010

I recycled two t-shirts to create this wheelchair or walker tote bag. I crocheted from strips cut from the two tees about 1/4″ wide. Here is my picture tutorial showing how to make t-yarn from old t-shirts. I added a couple of novelty dice buttons to finish off my bag.

Maybe you’d rather crochet your wheelchair tote using regular yarn or even plastic bag yarn. Here is the link to the free pattern to crochet a wheelchair walker bag using regular yarn and this link will take you the tote bag pattern using plarn or plastic bag yarn.

So whether you’re into crocheting with recycled t-shirt yarn, plastic bag yarn or regular yarn, there is a free pattern here for everyone to create this handy wheelchair or walker tote bag. People who receive these totes really love them and they make wonderful gifts.

Free Pattern for T-Yarn Wheelchair – Walker Tote Bag
Materials needed:
2) T-shirts cut into 1/4 inch wide strips of T-Yarn or Tarn
2) 3/4 inch buttons

J (6 mm) crochet hook

Description: Wheelchair/Walker Tote Bag
Bag measures 12 inches wide and 8-1/2 inches long with 7 inch straps

Using blue t-yarn, Ch 36.

Rnd 1-4
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end. Continue around other side of chain by working a Hdc in ea st to other end. Do not connect at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc’s in rounds as this creates a seamless bag. Ending at side of bag, Sl St into the next two sts to end smoothly. FO.

Rnd 5-13
Join white t-yarn at side, Ch 1. Hdc in ea st around the entire bag. Again don’t join but just continue working Hdc in ea st around. Ending at side of bag, Sl St into the next two sts to end smoothly. FO.

Rnd 14-19
Continuing with blue t-yarn, attach at side and Ch 1. Hdc in ea st around the bag. End at side of bag and Sl St into next several sts to get to back of bag to begin strap.

Row 1 (Strap)
Leaving t-yarn attached still from last rnd, and starting in approx. 3rd st from edge. Ch 1, Sc in 5 sts.

Row 2
Ch 1, turn. Sc in ea st across. (6 Sc’s counting Ch 1)
Repeat Row 2 until strap measures 6-1/2 inches long.

Buttonhole row: Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk 1 st, then Sc in ea of last sts.

Next row: Ch 1, turn. Sc in ea st and in the ch 1 buttonhole space, then Sc in last sts of row. FO.

Attach yarn in 3rd st from opposite back side edge and repeat back strap instructions above for other strap and buttonhole.

Sew buttons on at front under buttonholes.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Ch – Chain
Ea – Each
Dc – Double Crochet
FO – Fasten or Finish Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
St – Stitch
Tarn – T-shirt Yarn
T-Yarn – T-shirt Yarn

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14 Responses to “T-Shirt Recycled into a Wheelchair Walker Tote Bag”

  1. Kathy Woodbury
    Feb 20, 2010

    How clever!!! Your blog inspires me to make so many things. Keep up the great posts!! =) Kat
    .-= Kathy Woodbury´s last blog ..Prayer request =-.

  2. kc
    Feb 21, 2010

    Hey Cindy. Love that Idea. I have a similar bag made from tshirts but have not finished it yet. Definitely something to work on when I am done. Have you done this with the plastic? thats what I am considering.
    .-= kc´s last blog ..Tut Links for beaded trees. =-.

  3. Cindy
    Feb 21, 2010

    Yes I’ve done the wheelchair tote bag both in plastic bags and regular worst yarn. The links to both free patterns are in the post above if you’d like to try them. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Rachel
    Feb 22, 2010

    Love it Cindy! Especially the buttons you chose 🙂
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Care Wear =-.

  5. Lynne
    Feb 22, 2010

    Very nifty!
    .-= Lynne´s last blog ..double knitting workshop =-.

  6. Sew Crafty Meg
    Feb 23, 2010

    Love this great project!

  7. What a cool design! I’m going to link from Dollar Store Crafts soon!
    .-= Heather – Dollar Store Crafts´s last blog ..What Would You Do With? Sweater Follow Up =-.

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    Mar 08, 2010

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  11. marianne
    Apr 24, 2010

    do you have a pattern for a knitted wheelchair tote bag?

  12. Cindy
    Apr 24, 2010

    Sadly I must say that I don’t knit but there are some links for knitted wheelchair bags: Felted walker tote and Bev’s Cottage has several different pattern links for wheelchair totes too. Hope your find a pattern for your project.

  13. Nancy
    Jul 10, 2010

    This is great! I crochet lap blankets for the wheelchair-bound veterans at the VA Hospital and this will make a nice addition for them. Thanks so much.

  14. Mary
    Oct 10, 2016

    When I look at the finished product, I see it buttoned to a sturdy coat hanger to hold myscarf,gloves,&hat.


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