Upcycled skirt to bag

Back in May I did a month of clothes upcycling projects. Since then, when I completely cleared my stash of old clothes - the pile has been steadily replaced my yet more worn, outgrown and no longer loved items of clothing, so I thought it was time to get upcycling again.

I can't do a whole month again - so I'm going to stick to one a week!
Here's this week's effort:

Skirt to Bag Upcycle



The skirt was one of my daughter's which she'd grown out of.  It had a lovely strip along the bottom which I cut off for the straps:

And the skirt already had a lining - which meant my bag was already lined when I made it!! Bonus!

I used an old belt buckle, and a scrap from my stash for the feature on the front:

I'm liking my new bag a lot!  Of course being my favourite colour - purple, I would!

What do you think?


  1. The perfect use for that skirt! Looks great.

  2. That's fantastic! I'm BIG on upcycling, so I absolutely love it. So cool that your bag was already lined too, perfect.

  3. Looks great Jill, I love the belt buckle feature!

  4. Great upcycled project, Jill. The skirt already having lining made the transformation quicker. It's a fabulous bag...love the colour.

  5. Just had a look at your Upcycled Clothes page. There are some fabulous ideas!

  6. Too cute!

    I was working up a tutorial tonight, thinking maybe I would send it to you to consider. However, it has gone all wrong! It started with my dog swallowing about 6 inches of my tape measure and pretty much went downhill from there. I'll will post it on my blog in a few days to show how NOT to do things! :-)

    Maybe you shouldn't hold your breath waiting for a tutorial from me!

  7. OMGosh!!!! I absolutely love this. I never thought about upcycling my daughters things but she has some pretty cute skirts and sweaters that she has outgrown recently. I love how you incorporated the beautiful stitching/strap around the bottom of the skirt into the purse straps.

    Have a great week,

  8. Oh dear..this is amazing...I'm on way my way to my kids closet...

  9. REally cute--I love the buckle!

  10. Very extra specially cute bag! Great idea to use the belt buckle like that, and the already-there-lining - love that!

  11. Love this bag Jill!

    the belt buckle feature on the front looks fantastic.

    Michelle :o)


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.