In crafting circles, the term upcycling is used to describe items that have been renewed and repurposed.
A thrift-shopping expedition in the hot weather led me straight to the skirt rack. Certain fabrics, sizes, and pocket configurations caught my eye and I realized that cast-off mini skirts could be transformed into fun-to-carry bags.
This was a knee length Ann Taylor skirt. To create the strap, I cut off the bottom, then pressed it in much the same way as I would to make binding.
My mini-skirt bags are unlined, with a serged seam along the bottom. I expect them to sell well at a fall craft festival where I intend to set up my wares.
I can hardly wait to go shopping for more second-hand miniskirts and will look for little girl's sizes next time too!