WorkWith Old Skirt: Adorable Floral Purse

Backstory: Recently, I decided that I was no longer going to wear this Forever 21 skirt that I had but I did not want to donate it because it had stains on it. So, I knew I wanted to make a purse with it since I thought that the floral design was so pretty and perfect with consideration to the warmer weather that has arrived.

What I Used:

1 Skirt

Ribbon

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Take your skirt and cut out the first layer ( outer layer) and the inside lining as a rectangular-like shape. Your cut out does not need to be perfect.

Step 2) Lay each piece on top of each other and fold in the left and right sides, glue down the sides inward.

Step 3) As for the bottom, just glue the two layers together

Step 4) Take the bottom and fold it up, now gluing the sides  of the double layer together. *At this point you should have the inside of a purse.

Step 5) Take a ribbon and glue the ribbon onto the inside layer of the left/right side of the purse

 

Tadaaa ♥

WorkWithIt: ♥ Make It Yours, Make It Work ♥

WorkWith Old Floral Skirt: Cute Bow Bracelet

Backstory: You don’t have to have a lot to create and sometimes we don’t need to have any more than what we already have; just a will to make something out of what appears to be nothing. The other day, I made this little purse out of this old Forever 21 skirt that I had and I was determined to see more of the leftover fabric used for something. So, after googling through girl/fashion accessories trying to gain some inspiration, I decided to make a bow bracelet.

What I Used:

1 Old Skirt

Ribbon

Scissors

Hot Glue Gun

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Cut off the top rim (seam) of the skirt and try to clean up the stray ends the best that you can.

Step 2) Take the rim and cut it to fit around your wrist, then glue the ends together. * Make sure that it is loose enough to not only fit on your wrist but on/off of your hand too

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Step 3) Using leftover/excess fabric, just cut off a straight piece and form into a bow. All you have to do to form a bow is make the fabric into a cure ( loop) symbol and bring down the top of the loop to the middle of the loop. Tie the middle with a small piece ribbon.

Step 3) Cut off a small, straight piece of additional fabric and glue around the center of your bow, covering the ribbon part.

Step 4) Glue the bow onto the top of your wristband and there you have it!

Cute, simple and it cost absolutely nothing to make ( other than the purchase of the skirt…and I got this skirt from a friend actually, so it was for free). I wanted to share this crafty project, not because I am expecting people to duplicate it but more so because it is just exemplifies exactly what I am about here, working with what we already have! What do you think ?

WorkWithIt ♥ Make it Yours, Make It Work ♥

 

 

WorkWith A Pillowcase: No-Sew Travel Bag

Backstory: So, I have had these pillowcases sitting in the bottom of your drawer for quite some time now since I currently do not have any pillows. However, I figured since I had several pillowcases that I could workwith one to make this little travel bag that I’ve been wanting to make for a while. What I love about making this bag is that it required me to purchase nothing and the possibilities of design that can come by using different kind of pillowcases and/or decoration.

What I Used:

1 Pillowcase

My Handy Dandy Glue Gun

String/Ribbon ( Optional)

Markers ( Optional)/Decorative Material

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Take the very top of your pillow case and fold it inside out, then fold the bottom of your pillowcase towards the top and glue the corners ( number 2 and 3) * This will be the back of your pillowcase

Step 2) Take both sides and fold them inward so that your bag is the width that you prefer. You will now glue these sections down* Some may prefer their bag to be wider or more narrow, it’s up to you.

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Step 3) Take the bottom of your bag and fold it up, then glue the back down. *This is an optional step because it depends on how long you want your bag to be. I wanted my bag to be shorter so all I wanted to do so.

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Step 4) Take this step to glue down any loose fabric, the top, the center, the bottom. You do not want your bag to come undone while you are out and about.

Step 5) Add a strap by cutting one hole on the top left and right corner and adding your string/ribbon into the hole.

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Step 6) Decorate your bag to your liking and wala!

That’s really all there is to it, you can make your bag as long or wide as you’d like and if you want to go pick out a super cute themed pillowcase to make your purse with, then go for it.

Until the next post, you already have what you need, you just need to want what you already have ~

 

WorkWith Denim Jeans: Denim Choker

Backstory: So, I was watching one of my favorite Youtube vloggers known as Jamie and Nikki and she was wearing this denim choker that she made herself. As I scrolled through the comments ( because I just have this bad habit of doing so), I noticed that there was interest in the choker and how it was made. Unfortunately, I do not know how she did her’s and mine did not quite turn out as…fashionable, but I wanted to give it a try and show you guys here how I decided to workwithit.

What I Used:

An Old Pair of Denim Pants

Scissors

Optional: Hot glue gun/button

How It’s Done

Step 1) Take your pair of pants and cut ( all the way around) off the part where your belt would go. You should just have the very top of your jeans now * You can also cut the belt loops here ( I did) but it really just depends on the look you are going for.

Step 2) Take the time to clean up the seams/your cutting job 🙂

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Step 3) Wrap the piece around your neck to gauge how much in terms of vertical length you need to cut off. Now, here’s what is important: My jeans had a small button on the inside of the belt part so I did not need to add a button BUT if your jeans do not, then all you need to do is glue a button on the outside end of your choker. You will then see how much on the other side that you need to cut off!

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Step 4) Poke a hole at the opposite end of your button that will your button can go through. This is how you will get the choker on and off. *Before you do the hole for the button, wrap the choker around your neck and make a mark if necessary so you will know where to put your hole for your button. It’s a choker…it’s not meant to choke you but it’s also not meant to be a necklace that dangles.

And wala: There you have it!

Personally, I feel that my short neck just do chokers any justice and preference wise, I just do not wear them but seriously, this was a fun craft that really can go in so many directions depending on what your jeans look like ( black, dark blue, prints,  etc etc).

Until next time,