When I came across this skirt at a thrift store I thought back to some pretty totes I’d seen beautifully made by the talented blogger Saidos da Concha. I scooped up the floor length pleated kilt-type skirt (it’s a tiny lady’s skirt) and set it aside for a bit.
I picked the skirt up after a month and thought I’d have a stab at ripping it apart to give me some useable material for crafting. I ripped and ripped, pulled threads and on and on it went. I was going nuts with it all. It ended up taking about half a day to rip this skirt apart, but there was a lot of material on that skirt! Since I was well over the skirt by then I thought I’d throw the repurposed material in the washer to get the thrift store funk off of it. Mind now, this material is 100% wool and I was a bit reckless because I was kind of sick of looking at the darn stuff. If it went wrong, oh well. Turns out that skirt washed up just fine. I even threw it in the dryer for about 5 minutes. I know! But wet wool smell is not pretty and I’m a gambler. So now what to do with this clean wool plaid? Tote, clutch, pouches?
I came across this Leisl backpack tote pattern and thought I’d give it a try. I used some stash remnants for the lining and only had to buy the hardware and interfacing. Not a bad use for the repurposed skirt, no?
The sewing of the bag isn’t hard, it’s just fiddly. I don’t like fiddly sewing. This is all about the fiddly. But I persevered and put my newly tuned up Bernina to the test sewing through about nine layers of fabric. No worries, my Bernina is a star.
So now I’ve got a “tote that converts to a backpack” or “how to wear a skirt on your back without getting stared at in public”. Good times.