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Sew Easy Skirt Tote

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Learn how to turn an old skirt and belt into a fashionable and fun bag with this Sew Easy Skirt Tote tutorial.  Recycled crafts are great for cleaning out your closet, and this fun and easy tote would be great for toting anything and everything.

sew easy sktirt tote

Materials:

  • Old skirt
  • Old belt
  • Sewing machine and supplies
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pins

 

Instructions:

  1. Go thrift store shopping.  Or yard sale-ing.  Or root through your closet.  And find a cute little mini skirt and a belt that no one is wearing.  I've made these using adult size skirts-this tutorial features a child size skirt.  If you go with an adult size, I recommend staying with a small size as the larger sizes tend to get too wide for the length-which will just make your bag very awkward.
     
  2. Turn the skirt inside out and sew the bottom of the skirt together.  I sewed this seam twice to reinforce it.

    sew easy skirt tutorial
     
  3. Sew a triangle at the bottom corners of your bag.  This will help to give it more of a base.

    sew easy skirt tutorial
     
  4. Prepare your belt.  I had to take a seam ripper to mine to take it apart and remove the hardware.  (Save the hardware, you can use it in another project.)  Then, I cut my belt in half.

    sew easy skirt tutorial

    sew easy skirt tutorial
     
  5. Pin your new handles to your bag.  Usually I carefully measure everything.  Today I just eyeballed it and pinned them in place.  Sew the handles in place and you are done! 
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