March 22, 2016

Barbara's Messenger Bag from a Recycled Skirt


Spring is upon us, and I wanted to make a new, more colorful, work bag.  I've been saving this microfiber skirt in my stash for a long time.  I more or less followed my old tutorial for this project, though this bag turned out much nicer than the first one.


Microfiber is very nice to work with.  It's basically fake suede, and it's machine washable and doesn't fray.  This skirt was nice and sturdy, unlike some of the lighter weight microfiber that you find in shirts and some other garments.  My first step was to unsew the hem and the silt, and then machine sew them closed using the original fold lines.


I used a great home dec fabric ( I think this came from Debra) for the lining, and added pockets.  The lining is a slightly smaller version of the outer dimensions.  For this bag, I didn't include any bottom reinforcement, as the whole thing is pretty sturdy.


This project uses the whole skirt, and the original zipper opening is now a zipped pocket in the flap.


This took me less than two hours from start to finish.  I had the button and the d-rings in my stash, as well as the strap, which was reclaimed from a purchased bag.  The color in the photo of the skirt--a teal blue-- is most faithful to the real color. 

7 comments:

ladyhawthorne said...

Now that's using your creativity! Great looking bag and very practical.

Debra Lynn Dixon said...

Clever way you used the waistband!

Don't recognize the lining-great piece at any rate.

Cyra said...

That is an amazing project Barbara. Thanks for the info on how you made it, I might have just the right microfibre skirt in my closet for it in a taupe/lt.brown colour that would make an ideal bag.

Moira said...

Very clever, and a great idea to remember should I find the perfect skirt to use. =)

Suztats said...

That's a very clever idea! Well done. It looks great, too. Hm, I had a microfiber blanket.........nope, tossed it out except for a few good pieces I cut....... Too bad I didn't see this first.

cq4fun said...

What a great bag! I bet you could sell those on Etsy if you were just dying to make more. =)

Judy S. said...

Nice work on a very clever pattern! Love the lining, too.