ReFashion - Skirt to Bag!9:56 PM
To start 2017 off right I created a new bag for myself from a skirt! When I saw this Anthropologie Marimekko mini skirt at the local thrift shop I HAD to have it. The colors are bright and bold and everything about it screamed handbag to me! Plus it was only $5- so how could I go wrong?
For this project I used:
1 set of bag handles (recycled from another bag)
1/2 yard canvas fabric- Optional: used to line the bag and make it stiff
1/4 yard accent fabric (for interior pocket and handles)
|Marimekko Mini Skirt - BEFORE transformation|
I wanted to make a bag but I also wanted to alter the original skirt as little as possible. Here's what I did.
I removed the button and zipper from the skirt. I saved them for later - They will come in handy for other projects!
|Carefully remove the Zipper|
|Carefully remove the zipper|
|Sew the zipper hole closed|
|Turn skirt inside out|
With the skirt turned inside out, I sewed the waistline closed.
|Trim excess fabric.|
|Make bottom guessets|
I folded the corner to make the bottom guessets.
I stitched guessets into the bottom corners of the bag.
I wasn't sure how this bag would be used and at first I stopped here. DONE! I was going to use the bag for yarn storage so there was nothing more for me to do!
|Yarn Storage Bag|
I had pre made handles from another bag that I added to Poppy (that's what I named her).
|Pre made handles|
These handles are great, but I needed a way to attach them to Poppy. Using a bit of scrap fabric, I cut a sleeve of fabric.
|Tube sewn from scrap fabric|
|I cut my fabric tubes in half|
|zigzag stitch the ends closed|
Thread the fabric through the handle rings. Stitch closed!
|Sew the fabric tubes to the handles|
ADDING A LINING
Choosing a lining was a little sticky. I wanted a lining that was stiff and structured (like leather or vinyl) but also machine washable. In the end I chose a brightly colored canvas duck.
I cut the canvas to roughly the size of the bag.
|Turn and sew pocket edges|
I cut and sewed an interior pocket.
Sew side seams and bottom gussetts.
Fit lining into the bag.
Stitch lining in place.
|Stitch lining in place|
|Really, REALLY DONE!|
|Ready for Action!|
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