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Now y’all know I really enjoy a great thrift store find, right? It’s true- and what defines a “great” thrift store find doesn’t always equal its monetary value. Sometimes it’s just how much I simply love it- and let me tell you- this skirt was love at first sight!

Just seeing the print made me happy. I didn’t know why at the time, it just did. But I didn’t buy it. Well, not THAT day.

I didn’t buy it because it wasn’t my size, and happy as it made me to meet such fun on a hangar, it’s just silly to buy something I will never wear.

Or is it?

A few days later it dawned on me: THIS is why I loved the skirt: it reminded me of my 1960’s era Yellow Submarine lunchbox (with matching Thermos, thankyouverymuch!)

The pink is THE pink.
The orange is THE orange.
The yellow is THE yellow.
The teal? Oh yeah. It’s THE teal!
And that’s why, fit or not, I needed to go back and rescue that skirt from the size 10 thrift store rack!
So I did.
And it made me HAPPY



And you know what I did next?
I cut it up.

Oh yes I did.
And I made THIS out of it:

Here’s another shot of my Happy Yellow Submarine purse: (I’ll tell you about that wall in the background a little later.)

Did someone just say, “SQUEEEEEEE!”?
Oh, sorry, yes, that was me. I’m still pretty happy over this whole skirt-doesn’t-fit-but-I-bought-it-and-made-a-stinkin’-PURSE-out-of-it thing.
If you wanna try to make one, here’s the recipe:
Shop the fabric – not the sizes- in the thrift stores. (Note: I also shop the buttons & lace parts of thrifty clothes!)
Bring it home. (You don’t have to wait for pleasant childhood memories to lure you back to the thrift store, where *GASP* someone may have bought it!)
Cut it as you wish. I cut the fabric about 1/2″ longer than the depth I wanted in the purse. I also cut a strip to serve as the shoulder strap and I cut the flounce off the bottom. If you happen to have a “flouncy” bottom on your skirt, just cut about 1/2″ above the ruffle so you can sew it back on later.
Once everything was cut, I took a deep breath. As much as I love the fabric, I didn’t want to be disappointed if my project didn’t work out! I decided that I could enjoy the fabric as a little pillow for the car, or maybe a scarf, or at the minimum, a pin cushion for my sewing table.
Once I figured out all-is-not-lost, I began sewing.
I happened to have some webbing in my stash, and it was just the right length for a shoulder strap.


I had to trim the fabric down a bit. Let me just mention that I really winged this whole thing- there was no “exact” measuring and when I cut the fabric, it was often uneven. This wasn’t a big deal since I was going to be happy regardless. (See car pillow, scarf, pin cushion above.)

I top-stitched and poof! We have a shoulder strap.

I needed a closure of some sort so I dug these out of my hardware stash:


And sewed them inside what used to be the waistband. I used a scrap of ribbon for added support. Oh, and that metal doohickey that goes on the back of the magnet? Yeah, I lost one. It’s probably in the carpet somewhere, but I was too busy being HAPPY to stop, drop and search, so I forged ahead!
Next, I actually had to UNDO this because my magnet was not strong enough to connect with fabric covering it.

It was time to add the shoulder strap. I decided I wanted the zipper on the side and since it’s nylon, I could sew over it. This would keep it closed.

I added the ruffle – flounce just below what was the waistband but is now the top edge of my purse. I simply sewed up the bottom of the bag and VOILA! Momma’s got a brand new bag!
Happy? Oh yeah. It’s got happy written all over it!

Here it is in a different pose:

And here it is at church: (we went to Saturday night service. We love the option of Saturday church!)

A few notes: this was simply a fun project. I didn’t sweat out stuff like accurate cutting or seams or fancy, clean finishes. I wasn’t sure any of it would work out but since it did, I’ll enjoy using such a fun bag!
Note also that the fabric puddles- it’s a poly blend and very slinky so the bag doesn’t have stability. I’ll use a zipper bag inside to keep the little stuff from spilling out.
Final note: that wall. Talk about things that make you happy?! My daughter and son-in-law faux-finished this for me as a Mother’s Day gift several years ago. I blogged about it HERE
Thanks for stopping by! God bless, thrift on and be happy!
Kathy Bo


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I needed a gift for my pastor and his wife and wouldn’t you know it, the baby is nearly 6 months old and I just got around to doing this.

It’s a taggie blankie, flannel squares of cuteness!


I found these squares at JoAnn, in a charm square bundle. What could be easier? Oh look! Here they are! I sewed the squares in strips then joined them – yes, this isn’t a “tutorial” so much as a sharing- but you get the idea!

So after I sewed the squares to make the front and back of the blankie, I sewed strips to make little tags. While this was a bit tedious- measuring, cutting, sewing, turning them right side out- it was worth it to coordinate! You can use ribbon- most people do- and I will probably go back to that in the future.

Anyway, I pinned the “tags” inside and then pinned the front and back together. See that tag in the corner? I had to remove it at the end. It made the corners pucker.

It’s simple and sweet- a nice little “something” to celebrate a ManCub!

Thanks for visiting! Be blessed!
Kathy Bo

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Calling this a “redo” isn’t quite accurate as we’ve lived here for three years and have never actually “done” the guest bath before. This is its first coat of paint and by choosing a color to coordinate with items I already had, I didn’t have to buy anything but the paint!

I had this fabric, a heavy, 60″ wide cotton drapery weight called “Madeline” from Moda. I have had a bolt of it for a few years now and am still not tired of it. I love its celedon green and soft pinks… perfect to obtain the look I wanted in the bath.

I used it to make the drapes over the shower curtain. It was slightly tricky because it has an up and down repeating pattern and I had to be sure to check that I didn’t sew the designs upside down. Here, I was preparing to cut a length from the bolt. Note that my cutting mat is on a BED… yeah, don’t try this… it isn’t ideal at all. I was trying to knock this out and didn’t move to the kitchen counter. It worked but I do not recommend it!

I always make a mess when sewing.
This is the painted bathroom after Ninja Man turned the walls from “construction man white” to a buttery cream that actually has a green tint to it. Pretty good, since my towels and rugs are green.

I recycled those wall decorations, putting them back where they used to be. It was cheaper than buying new and besides, I really still enjoy them.

Before the curtains are put in.
Because there was so much fabric to work with, I found that it was highly possible to mix up which was the top and which was the bottom. I placed a safety pin at the top of each of the four panels. It is an absolute must to press your seams in first if you want a crisp finish. I find it so much easier to sew the prepared lines… no guessing or extra measuring!
This is a coordinating fabric I chose for my tiebacks. They are just lengths of fabric hemmed on both ends and sewn into a tube. You turn them right side out, add buttons and button holes and Poof! You have tiebacks!

Of course, you know me… COVERED BUTTONS! Yeah… have I sewn anything lately without them?

The finished bath. Full curtains, “Paris” above the shower, a nice hanger above the toilet for wet towels and we’re all ready for guests!
OOPS! I fibbed. I did buy the new “Paris” sign you see in the photo below. It was originally $10 at Hobby Lobby, but I happened to find it on sale at 50% off, so WOO HOO! A $5 sign came home to stay in my “new” guest bath! More about that sweet pail of hankies in just a minute….

I just loved this reproduction Rexall ad when I found it years ago. A friend of my son’s said she was scary. Obviously I disagree! I love it!

This is a special display of my mother’s vintage hankies. I received a bag of them when she passed away in March of 2008 and I have gone through them several times since, not sure what I wanted to do with them. I decided today that I would enjoy them so much if I could see them each day. There was this blank spot on the wall and I already had the metal pail, so I put the two together. I think mom would approve.

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