Five X Fifty: Day 16 – Upcycled Skirt Bags

This Five X Fifty entry is kind of a cheat, since I made these adorable upcycled skirt bags for my last 50 New Products in Fifty Days, but I never actually got them listed in my Etsy shop.  Until today!  So that totally counts, right?

These bags are a perfect example of rewondering: taking something unwanted and making it into something new and useful.  Made from girls’ skirts with ribbons for the straps, they’re a fun and playful way to carry around whatever you need to carry.  Each bag is one of a kind, so you’ll be the only one who has it, and people will comment on what a cute idea it is (at least they do when I carry one).

Purple and Pink Paper Doll Upcycled Skirt Bag - Handmade by Rewondered D201P-00001 - $19.95

Purple and Pink Paper Doll Upcycled Skirt Bag – Handmade by Rewondered D201P-00001 – $19.95

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Tan Corduroy Upcycled Skirt Bag with Embroidered Details - Handmade by Rewondered D201P-00002 - $19.95

Tan Corduroy Upcycled Skirt Bag with Embroidered Details – Handmade by Rewondered D201P-00002 – $19.95

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Leopard Print Small Upcycled Skirt Bag - Handmade by Rewondered D201P-00003 - $19.95

Leopard Print Small Upcycled Skirt Bag – Handmade by Rewondered D201P-00003 – $19.95

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Glittery Denim Upcycled Skirt Bag with Embroidered Ribbon Strap - Handmade by Rewondered D201P-00004 - $19.95

Glittery Denim Upcycled Skirt Bag with Embroidered Ribbon Strap – Handmade by Rewondered D201P-00004 – $19.95

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Purple, Black, and Lime Green Plaid Upcycled Skirt Bag - Handmade by Rewondered D201P-00005 - $19.95

Purple, Black, and Lime Green Plaid Upcycled Skirt Bag – Handmade by Rewondered D201P-00005 – $19.95

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Any of these bags can be chosen as your free item with a $20 contribution to my IndieGoGo campaign, or ask me to try to find a skirt in the colors, size, or style you like best.  I’m hoping to make up a bunch more of these as I get my hands on more skirts.

I have the items for Day 17 and Day 18 done and photographed, just need to edit the photos, list them in my Etsy shop, then come over here to make the posts.  Let’s see how much more I can get done before my body insists I need sleep… 😛

The Final Countdown – 2…

Two days left in my IndieGoGo campaign!  I suppose I should have done this one for 8 days, but I found it after I’d already posted day 8 so it gets to be day 2 instead.

Two days… well a day and an evening.  My campaign ends at 11:59pm Pacific time tomorrow night.  I’m a little late with this post because I had the bright idea that since I was posting an 8-bit rendition of The Final Countdown, I should post 8 bits of new products.  So I made eight new bags!

The first six are more skirt bags, upcycled from little girls’ skirts and dresses.  Any of these are available as choices for the $20 Recreate Perk.

Blue and White Striped Skirt Bag with Gold Ribbon Strap

Blue and White Striped Skirt Bag with Gold Ribbon Strap

Purple Corduroy Girls Skirt Bag

Purple Corduroy Girls Skirt Bag

Tiny Leopard Print Skirt Bag

Tiny Leopard Print Skirt Bag

Purple Plaid Skirt Bag

Purple Plaid Skirt Bag

Denim Skirt Bag with Embroidered Handle

Denim Skirt Bag with Embroidered Handle

Brown Corduroy Skirt Bag

Brown Corduroy Skirt Bag

The last two are made from long-sleeved t-shirts.  I cut the sleeves into strips and braided or twisted them to form the handles, knotting the pieces at the top.

Girls Rock T-Shirt Bag

Girls Rock T-Shirt Bag

Music T-Shirt Bag

Music T-Shirt Bag

This brings me up to 44 new products, so I need to post six more tomorrow to meet my goal.  I’ve got two already done and one very nearly done, so I think I’ll make it!  Then comes the task of putting new listings up on Etsy.

Speaking of Etsy, one year ago today they started keeping track of the number of views our shops and listings were receiving.  So in the past year, my Etsy shop has had a total of 2,853 views, consisting of 986 shop views and 1,867 listing views.  My shop has been favorited 31 times and my listings have been favorited 139 times, for a total of 170 favorites.  I’ve had six orders in that time frame.  Considering the amount of upheaval my life and business have been through in the past year, I don’t think those numbers are too shabby.  I’d like to see them grow a lot more though before the year is out, so getting new items up is going to be a priority in the coming months.

As I wrap up this post, there are 32 hours left in my IndieGoGo campaign.  Not much time left to make a contribution, so please go claim a perk! 🙂

Reworking and Renewing

I’ve been pretty busy the past week and it shows no signs of stopping this coming week!  But I’ve found some time to make a few new items.  Today I’d like to introduce to you two new lines: handmade earrings and Rewondered bags.

I’m working on earrings that can match my current necklace designs, as well as some new designs.  There are three styles I made last week:

  • Simple Charm Earrings – each earring has one single charm
  • Beaded Charm Earrings – each earring has a headpin strung with beads
  • Charm and Bead Earrings – each earring has an eyepin strung with beads and a charm
Cat Key Simple Charm Earrings

Cat Key Simple Charm Earrings

Rainbow Beaded Charm Earrings

Rainbow Beaded Charm Earrings

Rainbow Star Charm and Bead Earrings

Rainbow Star Charm and Bead Earrings

I think they turned out pretty good, and I should be getting them listed in my Etsy shop within the next couple of weeks.  There will be a lot more earrings designs soon, and I have some ideas for a few other styles as well.

But what I’m really excited about is my new Rewondered Bags line!  I finally got some time in on my sewing machine and turned a pile of pants and skirts into some new bags.  This line will mostly be one of a kind items, since I am upcycling old clothing into a new, useful item.  I finished three this week, and have my eye on a few more.  These are so much fun for me, I hope to make them a major part of my overall product line.

First up, we have a little tote bag made from an old pair of shorts that had a skirt over the top of them.  I removed the shorts part and sewed together the bottom seam of the skirt part.  From the big box of trims I received from a friend, I found a nifty piece of light blue trim, braided it with a piece of white, and sewed it to the side seams of the waistband to form the handle for the bag.

Blue Bag Rewondered from old shorts/skort

Blue Bag Rewondered from old shorts/skort

Next, we have what I call a “Pocket Bag” since it’s made out of a pocket from a pair of pants.  I rescued these pants from being thrown out because I had this vision in mind as soon as I saw the pockets.  I didn’t even realize the pockets had built in zippers!  I carefully cut out the pockets and sewed up the back, then made a strap out of a bit of the pant leg.  I’m glad I ended up with 3 pairs of these pants so I can make six of these bags, because I am definitely keeping one for myself!

Rewondered Pocket Bag

Rewondered Pocket Bag

And last, but certainly not least, because this one is definitely my favorite (and those who know me well can probably guess why), we have this adorable pleated skirt bag!  This one was easy, because the skirt had a lining so I just sewed that shut and added the strap from a piece I found in that big box of trims.  That box was a goldmine of a gift, let me tell you!

Rewondered Pleated Skirt Bag

Rewondered Pleated Skirt Bag

I have another red skirt just like this one that’s going to get the same treatment.  These bags, and others I will be making, are available for the $20 Recreate perk during my Indiegogo.com campaign.  The regular price will be $25-30 once I add them to my Etsy shop, so if you want one of these or something like it, hurry and make your contribution before the campaign ends!  You can also choose any necklace or bracelet currently listed in my Etsy shop for the $20 Recreate perk, instead of a custom made one.  One of a Kind and Limited Edition items are available on a first come, first served basis – contributors will get their choice of available items (or a custom made one) in the order I receive their contribution.

I’m hoping to get a few more items made this week but I also have two final projects due on Friday for my Marketing classes and a yard sale to get ready for on Saturday.  But after taking my finals next week I am done with school until June 18th and you can bet I’ll be taking advantage of that free time to make more new products!

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