Upcycled uniforms to bags

What do you do when your sporting club changes their uniform and you're left with piles of the old style uniform in all the unwanted sizes?

Make bags of course!

That's what I'm working on in my spare moments.

I've gone through my usual guilty feelings for cutting up clothes that are still perfectly good for wearing. 
But once I see the resulting bags, and know that the club can sell them and use the money to fund new uniforms, the guilt disappears!

I've started by making some simple tote bags.
I'm just using fabric from my stash for the rest of the bags, so there is going to be a variety to choose from.

I used waterproof fabric for the lining - since they are for a swimming club and very likely to have wet things put in them!

which is perfect for the bag linings, since they are likely to be used for carrying wet towels and swimmers!

The waterproof fabric is quite sturdy too, so it helps the bags keep their shape a little better.

I'm really enjoying this project. I've a few more tote bags to make, then I'm making smaller pouches with the short sleeves and some duffel bags with more of the main fabric.

Once I've got them all finished we'll hold a sale at the pool and hopefully we can contribute a significant amount towards funding the new uniforms from that.

This is a great way to 

'Use What You've Got'

which is my motto this year!

Have you ever found a use for old sporting uniforms?


  1. Timely post -- I'm currently making a lunch bag out of an old baseball jersey! Your bag turned out adorable. :)

    1. Ha ! old sports uniforms make great bags don't they Niki!! Would love to see yours when it's done.


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