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My friends had a clothes swap and I got this pretty a-line skirt. It was too small for me, but I was in love with the embroidered flower. So, I decided to make it into a simple tote bag.
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Step 1: Trim the skirt.

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I trimmed off the bottom and top of the skirt using a ruler with guide marks and a rotary cutter.

Step 2: Sewing the bottom seams.

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I sewed the bottom closed, then folded in the corners to create an "I" seam. I removed the back zipper and sewed up the back seam.

Step 3: Trim the corner gusset.

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This is the sewn corner seam that has been trimmed.

Step 4: Attach binding & handles.

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I then used a 3" wide grosgrain ribbon for the binding along the top of the bag. I folded the ribbon in half, sewed it, and attached it to the bag for the handles.
Nikki51503 years ago
Thought I recognized that Leia hat from Etsy! Between that place and here, my butt only leaves the computer chair when I just have to stop clicking for ideas and craft! Great idea!
Mauigerbil4 years ago
Cool! NOBODY luvs recycling more than MEEEEE!!!!!!!!
amnesia925 years ago
this is a good idea, and great job!
cutekitten6 years ago
nice job
That's a great idea! I am always looking for a new way to use old clothes. :) Thanks!
canida6 years ago
Looks great! If you'll be using it as a purse/tote I'd probably consider adding a lining as well; finding a lined skirt would make it dead easy.