Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: The Mirabelle Purse

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Mirabelle Purse

Here is my newest Re-purposing creation. I call it the Mirabelle Purse. I figure such a pretty purse needs an equally pretty name. Here is how you make it.




This is my purse, which I have been using for the past few weeks, since I made it. I love it! I have gotten so many compliments on it and it seriously is holding up to all my mommy roughness. It holds snacks, my wallet, baby wipes, action figures, my little ponies, phone, tic tacs, and all those other necessities that every mom needs.

It is really simple to make and was completely re-purposed, 
which of course is my favorite kind of project.

All you need is a skirt with lining.


I used an old khaki skirt, which regrettably no longer fit me.

I cut out the shape above x 2

I also cut a strip from my left over skirt material. 
I sewed a running stich down the side of the strip and created a ruffle.
I used cream thread to sew it onto the front piece of my purse.


Next, I put the right sides together and 
sewed around the outside with a zigzag stich.
I actually did this twice. Hoping this would help in keeping the bottom from coming undone, with all my stuff shoved into my purse.
So far so good. The bottom has not come undone.


Then I took a strip of brown fabric I had in my scrap box.
I measured it to the length I wanted. 
My strap is 26 inches, with 1 inch seam allowance on each side.


I then began making my flowers. I sewed these last, by hand.
I cut out 6 circles for each flower, from my leftover lining material.
 The first circle is your bottom.
The rest of the circles you fold into quarters and stitch into place.


And that is about it.
Not to many steps away from having a perfectly cute purse.

For other sewing ideas go HERE.

To read how to make a Corduroy Yo-Yo purse click HERE.


  1. I adore a good upcycle! This is beautiful and perfect for a mommy like me. Thanks for liking up with DIY under $5!

  2. What a brilliant idea, I have a couple skirts I might have to try this on!!

  3. What a cute idea and I LOVE that you repurposed a skirt for it!

    Visiting from the Homemaker on a Dime linky.

  4. Thanks for linking up...I've had a blast co-hosting. This purse is super cool...wish I knew how to sew.

  5. This is a wonderful up cycle! The flowers look lovely, a great idea to use a skirt for a bag!

  6. BRILLIANT Upcycle! Love your pretty bag and it's perfect name! Just so good that it keeps your my little ponies safe too! :)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. what a great way to refashion your skirt! the purse is so chic!

  8. What a great looking bag - I never would have guessed it started out at a skirt.

  9. Thanks for linking up, this is adorable! Please remember to post my button in your post and/or on your blog. And be sure to enter my giveaway too going on until Sunday night =D Thanks!

  10. Just wanted to let you know I featured your link today on SewHappyGeek!

  11. It so amazes me that you would look at an old skirt, and visualized this beautiful purse from it.

    Mila from

  12. Danielle, you are seriously amazing!! All your crafts and projects turn out perfectly! This bag is darling. We just wanted to stop by and thank you for linking up to our first link party last week. We appreciate your support so much! We would love to have you stop by again this week and link up more of your great things at Strut Your Stuff Saturday!
    -The Six Sisters


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