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October 2011
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How To Make A Purse From A Girls’ Skort

A couple weeks ago I talked about attending the local Mom2Mom kids resale event.  Not only is this a great place to buy ultra cheap clothing items for the kids/grandchildren, it is also the most AWESOME place to find items to recycle into craft/sewing projects that can be used for gifts, selling at your craft fairs or bazaars or make into decor items for yourself.  This year I found several things that I just couldn’t resist!!!  The first item was a size 2T tan girls’ skort that had pink embroidery on the pocket flaps and pink checked shorts under the skirt.   I just KNEW this would make a fantastic purse, and my little granddaughters simply love their purses.

The girls’ skort into a purse project was pretty much quick and easy because all I had to do was sew up the bottom legs of the shorts part:

After sewing the legs closed I sewed a short distance up the center front/back seam to make the purse into two separate “compartments” within the purse.

To make a strap for the purse I found some solid pink fabric in my scrap box, cut the strap 20″ long and 4″ wide.  To complete the strap, fold in half with right sides together and sew the long edge with a 1/4″ seam.  Turn the strap right side out, press, then topstitch 1/4″ edges on both of the long sides.

Attach the strap to the new purse:

This skort cost $1.00 at the Mom2Mom kids resale event, and by using scrap fabric for the strap, the only “extra” thing for cost was my time.  I’m so happy to say that I actually bought 8 of these skorts (various colors and sizes) that I’ll be making into child’s purses for gifts this Christmas.

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2 Responses to “How To Make A Purse From A Girls’ Skort”

  1. jane thiel says:

    Hello, there, Though I am new to your site I think I will benefit greatly…this skort purse is just exactly what I needed for our grand and great grand daughters for Christmas. Being on Social security and less money than in previous years this is perfect and they will love it, I am sure! Thanks

  2. Yay – that’s so cool Jane! I’m sure your grand and great grand daughters will love them, and they’ll mean so much more coming from you 🙂

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