I made myself a new tote bag out of some stuff headed to the garbage: An old conference bag from 5 years ago and a shirt that Brian discarded due to red ink stains and snags.
This is a pretty decent bag, as far as conference bags go. It’s sturdy canvas with a zipper. It’s Just. So. Ugly.
I bought this golf shirt for Brian, possibly even at full price (GASP!) because I loved the color. I was trying to be supportive of his hobby, I guess. It’s one of those breathable shirts that the golf people sell. Unfortunately, it did not withstand the laundering conditions at my house and landed in the throw away pile.
I cut the shirt into one inch strips and then ruffled them until I had yards and yards of ruffles. Those crazy conference people had printed stuff on the back AND the front of the bag, so I used every possible part of the shirt to get enough ruffles.
This is all that was left of the shirt! Wow, right?
I used my hot glue gun to attach the rows of ruffles on the bag. And I glued on some rolled flowers made from some old lady scarves. I love how it turned out, transforming two ugly things into something pretty and useful.
If you like ruffles, check out these other projects!
Summer Tote with Ruffles
Ruffled hoodie refashion
Pillowcase and Ruffles Dress
Waterfall Ruffles Pillow
Orange Shirt, Pink Ruffles
Ruffled Grey Tee Shirt
DIY Ruffled Layering Shirt
Ruffled Crepe Paper Decorations