Introduction: Recycled Tote Bag

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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.

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.


Nikki5150 (author)2011-08-14

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!

Mauigerbil (author)2011-08-05

Cool! NOBODY luvs recycling more than MEEEEE!!!!!!!!

amnesia92 (author)2009-08-28

this is a good idea, and great job!

cutekitten (author)2009-02-13

nice job

thricecursed (author)2009-01-16

That's a great idea! I am always looking for a new way to use old clothes. :) Thanks!

canida (author)2008-08-19

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.

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