This is actually the first bag that I made, a 'memory' bag, that was made from clothing.
I made this bag from a baby long sleeved tee, that both of my girls wore, when they were little. It has cute embroidery and appliqueing on the front. It's a bag that they've since played with. Occasionally it comes out and will be carted around the house, holding various little dolls/ teddies etc.
Wherever possible, I like to make things on a budget (or for FREE!).
This bag didn't cost me a penny:
The outer of the bag was made from the tee.
As the tee was a thin material, I wanted to give the bag a little bit of weight, but I didn't want to have to buy wadding. Going through my pile of old baby blankets, I found one that had been washed several times, but wasn't looking its best - with some old stains that would not come out. Two panels cut from this became the wadding.
For the lining, I had a cute, thin cotton skirt, that had finally got too shabby to wear. It held memories for me, as it was one of the first 'girlie' items of clothing that I had bought for myself, in my late teens. It was girlie pink, with a cute ditsy print, so I decided it could be donated towards this bag.
The handles of the bag, were fashioned from the sleeves of the tee. The Cuffs were sewn to the bag, leaving the ruffles to stick out from the bag as an extra little feature.
From memory, the bag took around an hour for me to make. I spent more time thinking, trying to work out how to put the bag together, and deciding what I could use for the wadding and lining, so sewing time is actually quite quick.
Go and dig out some old clothes and blankets and have some fun creating :)