It’s not a skirt

1 Oct

This is not much of a project, but hell, I made it, so here it is.

Full overhead shot of the finished bag

I tend to wear my clothes until they are unwearable–usually either too stained, or too threadbare. Then I use the fabric for something else.

Long ago, I wore this skirt to death, until it didn’t fit anymore. By then it was too threadbare in the waistband and in the hem to donate, so I kept it, planning on using the rest of the denim for something else. And then, I found a YouTube channel that specializes in using old clothes to make totes.

Short denim skirt

And lo, I needed bigger market bags, since most of the ones I have are either small, or not strong enough.

So, it wasn’t much of a stretch to modify the skirt into a good-size market bag. I took out all the pockets but one, because they’d serve no purpose left in, and I can easily use the denim for something else. The one pocket left is perfect for the car keys.

My hand in the one pocket

What used to be the bottom hem is now the top edge, and what once was the (fairly threadbare) waistband is now the handles, and voilá, done!

The stitches are not as even or straight as I´d like, but it´s been a minute since I´d tried handstitching through thick material, and they definitely take the weight just fine.

Close up to new top of the bag, showing the fray where the hem used to fold.
close up showing the long handles
close up showing the squared off bottom of the bag

2 Responses to “It’s not a skirt”

  1. willaful 02/10/2021 at 6:12 PM #

    Oh, that takes me back! My teen sister would’ve loved it. 🙂

    • azteclady 02/10/2021 at 6:15 PM #

      It’s not pretty, but I think it falls in the category of “cute ideas”

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