DIY: Refashion a Tank Top into a Carry-all Bag

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An easy two minute DIY {it’s so easy it must have been done before but I can’t recall ever seeing it …correct me if I’m wrong} …I know it seems kinda cheeseball, but try it, it’s cuter than you may think. Works perfectly as a little beach bag to carry your essentials in while on vacay …or for fruits & veggies at the Farmer’s Market. Or, use a silk, satin, or vintage camisole as your little wedding bag adding a few matching satin ribbons & or silk flowers or ruffles or anything else you can think of that matches your wedding theme or colors …and don’t forget to remove the tag for that one 😉 No it’s not going to replace a bookbag or backpack but holds your essentials …If nothing else, it’s fun for the kiddos.


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • MalibuMara

    July 20, 2010 |

    cute idea!
    I like the blue one 🙂
    But i wonder how much eight it can hold…

  • J-Diggety

    July 20, 2010 |

    Simply but so amazing! This is great, thank you 🙂

  • Lisa - respect the shoes

    July 20, 2010 |

    I agree with J-Diggety’s sentiments exactly.

  • Piper (DailyDivaDish)

    July 20, 2010 |

    What a cute idea! I love the way your mind works. 🙂
    XO Piper

  • Andrejka

    July 20, 2010 |

    Super idea 🙂


  • esdelope

    July 20, 2010 |

    I’m a big fan of the blue – I’m not sure I could make this happen though because I’m simply terrible about overloading my purse! A girl can dream…


  • Heather

    July 20, 2010 |

    Great idea!! I love how this is no-sew!!!!

  • Fragrant Liar

    July 20, 2010 |

    That is a GREAT idea!

    Just thinking a girl could also do that with a guy’s (“wife-beater”) tank too, right? Fill it with rocks and use it on him . . .

    Er, sorry. But it IS a great idea.

  • pinkangelbabe

    July 20, 2010 |

    Wow so cute. You have such great ideas!

    love your blog xoxoxo

  • everydayluxuries

    July 20, 2010 |

    Brilliant, and so simple! Thanks for the idea!

  • Glamour Bbey.

    July 20, 2010 |

    It’s simple and amazing! Great idea!

  • isabelle

    July 20, 2010 |

    Great idea! I love your blog and follow religiously 🙂

    Id love to have your opinion on mine

  • Holly

    July 20, 2010 |

    cheesball or not, i love this!!

  • Gwen

    July 20, 2010 |

    This is a fantastic idea!!! Ellie is always begging me to buy her new bags but now I can just tell her to make her own!!! I think I may have found a use for some old t-shirts too. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 XOXO

  • Iva

    July 20, 2010 |

    BEYOND ridiculously amazing! I love the blue one! Such a great color…and the double tone!! too fantastic!!

  • Fashion Butter

    July 20, 2010 |

    Me likey.


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  • mruna

    July 20, 2010 |

    hey i’ve seen this being done somewhere before…only diff that the bottom was sewn shut! But i absolutely luv this no sew version!!!!!

  • Phoebe

    July 20, 2010 |

    It would be great if you need an extra bag at the beach or something, when you can get away with just wearing a bikini top.
    Love this idea.

  • Francesca

    July 20, 2010 |

    very cute idea- never seen it before

    F <-- Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!

  • Katie

    July 20, 2010 |

    Very cute!

  • Kris

    July 20, 2010 |


  • bananas.

    July 20, 2010 |

    easy and cute…i like!

    would never guess those were tank tops.

  • Alison

    July 20, 2010 |

    are you kidding me? Even I could do this!!

  • The Owl's Closet

    July 20, 2010 |

    this is such an awesome idea! thanks for the inspiration, maegan:)

  • RaceforProsperity

    July 20, 2010 |

    you are the most crafty person i have ever seen

  • LifestyleBohemia

    July 20, 2010 |

    Amazing! You are so talented – who would have thought to turn a tank into a bag. Nicely done!

  • drollgirl

    July 20, 2010 |

    um, this is PRETTY FRAKKIN’ BRILLIANT!!!!!

  • Ribbon with a Bow

    July 20, 2010 |

    amazing. your mind of fashion is impeccable! <3

  • Schnelle Couture

    July 21, 2010 |

    genious! what a great idea. love it.

  • Anonymous

    July 21, 2010 |

    I’ve seen cami tops here and there: at garage sales, thrift shops, dollar stores… and wish I would have bought some for this project! So ridiculously easy, I can’t believe it! No, I’ve never seen this easy version at all. (I’ve seen the t-shirt you have to cut up here and there, and it doesn’t end up looking that great.) Your idea is genius. Well, have a nice week. It is so COLD up her, grey skies, fog…….please send some sunshine up here. Well, your DIY cheered me, for sure!

  • Moosette

    July 21, 2010 |

    Such a simple yet fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Rhonda

    July 21, 2010 |

    So simple! why haven’t i done this? i have some vintage camis that would be perfect for this!

  • Lali

    July 21, 2010 |


  • Tara Gibson

    July 21, 2010 |

    love this!! so creative you are!

  • Ribbon with a Bow

    July 22, 2010 |

    i tried this today and it literally took like .6 seconds! BRILLIANT. amazing. 🙂

  • Jennifer

    July 22, 2010 |

    GENIUS!!!! This is the best blog ever.


    July 23, 2010 |

    I love how easy and cute this is! You’re amazing! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  • Heather -

    July 26, 2010 |

    It’s chic MacGuyver! 🙂

  • Heather -

    July 26, 2010 |

    It’s chic MacGuyver! 🙂

  • Dina's Days

    July 31, 2010 |

    You are a genius!

  • Goody

    August 1, 2010 |

    love it..

  • G.

    August 5, 2010 |

    Love this. I have an old sequined tank I never wear, I’m gonna try it with that! 😉

  • Wendy

    August 8, 2010 |

    Terrific idea! I’m going to the beach this week and have been thinking I’d need to buy a bag…not anymore, thanks to you!

  • Clemencia

    August 9, 2010 |

    This is amazing! thank you so much for sharing! I love your DIY Fashions, thanks so much 🙂

  • rocknrolla

    August 9, 2010 |

    saw this on dollar store crafts, and shared on my blog. great idea!!

  • lynn

    August 10, 2010 |

    fantastic little idea. i blogged this post today!

  • Eliea

    August 22, 2010 |

    I made one with a permanent bottom. I posted it on craftster for the reduse reuse recycle challenge.
    Here it is:
    I included a pic of all the stuff I carry in my bag. It’s quite a lot so it think even with a rubber band instead of my method it will hold a lot!

  • Kara

    September 6, 2010 |

    I love this idea. I’m always looking for new things to do with old tank tops. This is perfect. I’m going to give it a shot.

  • tifuani

    June 29, 2011 |

    WOW! GREAT IDEA! I never would have thought of that! Thanks for sharing~!!!

  • Tess

    October 1, 2011 |

    What a great idea! I don’t know how many people have said this already, but I love how this project doesn’t have any permanent effect on the tank top, and can be switched back and forth between a tank and a bag whenever one so desires, all with the simple twist of a hair tie! Perfect, as you have said, for a trip to the beach or a wedding where you don’t need to be carrying too much “stuff” in your tote.
    I must check out the rest of this blog! Keep up the good work! 🙂

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