Skirt remodelling part 4

I bet you were beginning to think I’d never finish this project and I do have to own up to an amount of dithering. Happily it’ is finished. This is a long post with a lot of pictures so grab a drink then relax as I take you through the journey It began life like this.

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Then it looked like this.

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Ugh! I really didn’t like that. After deciding to turn it into a bag I straightened the edges.

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I also decided to add some detail on top of the fabric through needle felting.

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And a pocket on the inside. The fabric is flipped the other way so that there’s a contrast and the pocket stands out.

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I stitched the side and bottom seams with a few tack stitches then it was ready to be felted together.

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Once felted I removed the stitches and dried the bag with the top folded over giving a lovely contrast collar. I did felt a strip of fabric to form a handle but once finished I just felt it was too lightweight for the bag and had to rethink that one. A trip to the charity shops found me this belt which is just perfect isn’t it. Just look at the colour of those beads!

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I used some rusty washers from a jar that I rescued from my father-in-laws’ garage some years ago and they’re stitched on with rug wool which I rescued from a skip and dyed up.

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After punching an extra hole in the end of the belt I attached it using more rug wool. I’m not entirely sure I like this but I wanted to use only recycled items. If it doesn’t work out I may buy a couple of brass rings later.

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After further searching through the jar I found a few more washers and a metal tube (no idea what that was for) which I used to make a fastening.

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More of the rug wool used to make a linked chain.

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It goes across the bag and the cylinder is used as a toggle fastening.

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Do you like it?

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I’m pleased the fastening works so well.

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It’s a nice long strap and you can see the pattern well on the bag. One of my favourite decorations.

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So pleased with it.

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The only ‘new’ item in this bag is the wool I used in the felting. I’m entering this into the Ilkley Flower Show tomorrow in the something new from something old category. Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how I get on but most of all I’m looking forward to using this bag. I even made it deep enough to take my knitting needles!

6 Replies to “Skirt remodelling part 4”

  1. Wow – what a transformation! All for the better I must admit 🙂 fingers crossed for the Flower Show but I am sure that you don’t need any luck with that gorgeous bag x

  2. Wow what an amazing transformation – love your stunning bag Angela
    Your re-used details are fabulous – the cylinder toggle is ingenious!
    The charity shop belt was a brill find – obviously meant to be!
    Hope you have lots of positive comments – from the judges at the flower show – and all the people who will admire it as you use it!
    Ali x

  3. Absolutely magnificent! I hate wasting clothes which I KNOW can be put to good use- this has given me inspiration. Good Luck at Ilkley (would be surprised if you needed any – it’s a winner in my book!)

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