My daughter entered 7th grade this year and has to start changing for PE class. In need of way to transport sweaty gym socks without stinking up her entire back pack and reduce the mountain of clothes recently purged from her closet we decided to combine the two.
She picked a purple skirt that no longer fits from the purge pile. It is everything she loves - purple, sparkly, and has bells that jingle. I made her rip the seams to separate the two halves and inner and outer linings. Then she released the elastic from the waistband and removed the ties holding the jingle bells. We only needed fabric from half the skirt to make the bag. I think the other half will be turned into an apron for her. She's a good kitchen helper.
- First we sewed in the drawstring, which came from another purple skirt, and attached the bell ties - purely for decoration.
- Then we stitched the two halves together. Inner and outer lining.
- Turned it inside out and sewed the inner lining closed.
- Turned it right side out and closed the bottom of the outer lining.
- Used some scrap pieces to fashion straps.
- Attached the straps and inserted stinky gym socks. Done!
From last year's skirt to this year's must have accessory. Sew easy!
Another simple reusable bag you can make from cast off clothing is the camisole tote. They are both great ways to spend an afternoon teaching your child a life skill. There are so many lessons to be learned here. Problem solving, frugality, wasting less, consuming less, self sufficiency. Plus, she just likes that fact that no one else will have a bag like hers. Priceless.