When my mother-in-law was in hospital I had to sort out feeding her cat, and found a shopping bag relegated to the back of the cat food cupboard. It was a nice combo of tweed but it had seen better days. I decided to give it a facelift!
I took out the old stained and holed lining. Then I removed and unpicked the frayed handles. I decided they were too bad to use again and had to be replaced with something else. I wanted to make handles I could wear over my shoulder.
I was left with the outer fabric tube, which need a couple of holes darned and a seam repaired. I used my machine for the darning, but it wasn't pretty!
I found some chocolate brown cords in my rag bag, and I decided it would be perfect third colour. I could use it to make some heart appliques (to hide my darning), a pair of new handles, and a new outer slip pocket. My stash yielded a nice piece of terracotta coloured sheeting to use for the inside of the pocket and the new lining. You can see it all here.
It's turned out really well, I am very pleased with it. This is the side with the pocket as the patches were on the sides out of the way.
This side needed repairs on the centre piece. I have a pile of similar tweed skirts she gave me, but none of them have a co-ordinating plain fabric like this combination, otherwise I would make several more! I could carry swatches and keep an eye out though.....