Also known as, I finally actually made a birthday gift a month in advance!
I made an oversized denim bag a few months ago, using a thrifted denim skirt, thrifted sheet, and the tutorial from Morning by Morning Productions. I really liked how it turned out, and I had already purchased a second long denim skirt from a thrift store to make another one, this time for my aunt's birthday. But then I saw this lined linen skirt at the thrift store, and I just thought it would be perfect. So....here it is!
This skirt wasn't as long, so I had to shorten the bag a few inches, but it's still quite large. I just love the colorful print. If I carried a bag more than once in a blue moon, I'd be seriously tempted to keep this one for myself. Fortunately for my aunt, I just don't carry bags.
You can see the lining in the next picture - it's a purple poly-something fabric. Looks nice, but isn't exactly sturdy. So I didn't put any pockets on the inside of this version. And I decided that I didn't want to use elastic in the outer pockets. Instead, I made larger rectangular pockets, with rounded lower corners. I lined them with the poly, interfacing both linen and poly at the top of the pocket. Then I put two snaps in to help keep things somewhat secure. (I also used light interfacing on the linen piece behind where the pocket was stitched into place.
I'm hoping that my aunt likes it at least as much as I do!