Eustacia decided she wanted to learn to sew, so I started her on an apron, the project all kids learned to make back in the day when school actually had home ec. and shop classes for everyone. Her project reminded me that I used to sew quite a lot. When my girls were little, I made their dresses, and if I was bored, I would make an entire wardbrobe full of baby clothes. I got tired of it, though, and put the machine away.
Well, now it's back, and I have been making purses and bags. They only take an hour or so to complete, and because they don't use much fabric, they aren't expensive to create. Some of what I have been making is from reclaimed fabric. Reclaimed because I cut up old dresses and skirts that I either find at the Good Will store or in the back of my own closet. I have this idea I might include these on my future etsy.com site.
Here is a handbag made from a Good Will dress and belt. The dress had a necklace attached to the shoulder seems, so I incorporated that in the trim.