DIY Purse from Skirt Upcycle


I have a really hard time getting rid of things so I like to upcycle and repurpose anything I can. In my opinion the best way to upcycle an item is to make it into something you will actually use again and again.

We had a lot of cute skirts that my daughter didn’t wear anymore so we decided to spend some time with a fun DIY project and make Purses from Upcycled Skirts!
Easy DIY Skirt Upcycled Purse

This project is so fun and easy to do. My daughter and I had a lot of fun making our DIY Purses! We added a couple of buttons to hide the stitching on the straps as well as an iron on patch but you can decorate your purse however you would like.

All you need to make a purse from a skirt is:

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Skirt
  • Scissors

The possibilities are endless for decorating your purse but a few easy ways to add a little flair are buttons, iron on patch, bedazzling, or sewing on different colored fabric to show your personality.


Cute Skirt DIY

Following this diagram below, in a few easy steps your purse will be ready to decorate.

Cut the waistband off and save that part to sew back on as a strap. The line doesn’t have to be perfect, you can cut off the excess fabric to even it out when done with this step.

Sew the bottom of the skirt closed from one end to the other. To be sure that you don’t lose any of your precious items, go ahead and sew another line across the bottom.


DIY Purse

The same goes for any skirt but if you are working with ruffles like we were with the green skirt, start higher up from the bottom, the ruffles will hide any errors with sewing. Trust me, I need all of the help I can get in that area, my sewing is very sloppy but it keeps things together so I am happy.

green skirt DIY

Take the waistband that you cut off and sew each end to the inside of the where you cut the waistband from.

DIY Upcycle Skirt Purse

Find a pretty girl to wear your DIY Purse, take a picture, and be sure to post it on Facebook and tag Thirty Something Super Mom, I would love to see your work!

DIY Upcycle Skirt Purse ProjectDiy Upcycle Skirt Craft

Are you going to try this DIY Purse from Skirt Upcycle? How will you decorate yours?


  1. Robin+Rue+(@massholemommy) says:

    That is such a cute idea. I think my nieces would love something like this. I love it.

  2. That is the cutest upcycle project I’ve ever seen. Those bags are so cute.

  3. Ok that is just plain cute!! I wish a had a sewing gene in my body I would love to do stuff like this. I have a friend that likes to upcycle and her daughter growing out of stuff all the time. This would be fun for her.

  4. This is a really great idea. I have a lot of skirts that my girls have outgrown that I bet they would love to have as purses.

  5. These wouldalso be great for overnight bags. Such a cute idea.

  6. Savannah+Miller says:

    Very cute!! My kiddos are always out growing clothing, this would be a great way to re-purpose them. I have boys though, so I am thinking of some sort of video game holder (From an old shirt) instead of a purse 🙂

  7. This is such a great DIY!! These would make great Christmas presents!! And yes, I am already thinking about Christmas!

  8. Great idea. Why throw away skirts your kids have outgrown when you can make them into cute purses? I could make my old skirts into recyclable shopping bags!

  9. What a very nice idea! You’ll never have to throw away outgrown skirts, I think jeans would be nice too.

  10. How fashionable. You are so creative, Iwish I have that skill!

  11. I love the bags! My daughter upcycled her jeans and I love how it turned out.

  12. WOW! I would have never thought to make anything like this! It seems so easy and creative! I’ll see if I can have my nieces create these with me!

  13. I love this craft idea and I think this is perfect for getting older girls involved. What an amazing way to upcycle!

  14. Bonnie+@wemake7 says:

    What a cute idea! I love these. I bet my daughter has some skirts she has outgrown to make these with.

  15. This is a fantastic idea. I have a few pieces that would be amazing as purses. I will have to share this with my friend that sews.

  16. What a great way to use the skirt. It came out cute as can be (and useful too!).

  17. What a great way to use skirts that your kiddos aren’t wearing anymore (or skirts from the thrift store). I’m totally in love with the green one!

  18. What a great way to save and reuse your favourite skirts. There are some of my DD skirts that I want to keep after she grows out of it! This is a great way to keep it as a keepsake!

  19. I go through a lot of purses and handbags, mostly because I like to carry around my planner and a book at all times. I have a few skirts that will love their new purpose in life.

  20. This is really cute. It’s also super creative. I have no skills when it comes to stuff like this. Great way to upcycle!

  21. Tanya Devenney says:

    I love this idea. I will give this a try.

  22. kara+kudro says:

    this is such a creative idea, going to honestly try it out this week

  23. This is such a cute diy! It would be great for my niece.

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