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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!

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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!)

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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

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Happy

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HAPPY!

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

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

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

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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.

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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.)

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Here it is in a different pose:

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

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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 am drawn to wicker like Paula Deen is to butter.

If I didn’t have Ninja Man to consider when decorating the house, everything would be wicker, rosy, fluffy, girlie, pink, vintage and… well, you get the idea. But I do have Ninja Man, which is better than all the pink girlie stuff in the world, and Ninja Man hates wicker. Therefore, I cherish the few pieces I have managed to sneak into the house.

I saw this wicker entertainment center at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bluffton, South Carolina. It is very heavy wood with wicker on the outside. It is strong enough that a heavy television can sit inside.

Ninja Man and driven me and a friend to Bluffton and Hilton Head for thrift store shopping, and we were actually looking for storage for her house. I helped her with organizing some rooms in her home and our last task was to find shelving and cabinetry. I love my friend dearly but might have tackled her over this, but thankfully her hubby doesn’t like wicker. Um, that sounds familiar…

Judging by the “artwork” I’m pretty sure a clown must have been the previous owner.

A clown with a penchant for paper flowers and a jar of decoupage glue. Egad.

Ninja Man may hate wicker but he loves a challenging project. Either that, or he can’t bear wicker to look worse than it already does and it was going to give him nightmares to think about it. He didn’t even come into the house upon arriving home with my “treasure” but began working immediately on removing the horrid “improvements” made by the previous owner. He fired up his hot steam cleaner. I didn’t watch. Steam was rising from either him or the tool… not sure… but either way, he got the flowers / paper / ick off and was ready to go to step 2, which was painting over the, um, artwork.

It took Ninja Man about several cans of spray paint to apply five layers over what must have been an oil based paint. Every afternoon he would come in from work, roll the piece out to the yard and spray. This isn’t just ANY spraying of paint, let me tell you… no, Ninja Man has a specific method he uses to prevent running paint and he does a great job.

And finally, about a week or so later, Ninja delivered my wicker entertainment center to its home inside the house. He did have to cut out the back so the TV would fit, but other than that it is just perfect.

And by the way, the piece was only $49. Add about $12 worth of paint and this is a huge bargain!

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