The skirt was a medium weight suede. It also had a nice lacing detail down the front. I removed the zipper from the back center and stitched up the seam. The top of the skirt became the top of the handbag. The skirt did not have a waistband which allowed for a clean look. The skirt was lined already, this became the lining of the bag. I used the bottom portion I cut off to form the straps and embellishments. The straps even have some of the lacing detail which I left in place. I attached a magnetic closure to finish. The whole process took about an hour to complete.
Here is the finished handbag.
So the next time you are in a thrift store and find a really cute skirt that is not your size. Think -- handbag instead.