i shared my corduroy bag made from a pair of trousers on the blog before. i'm still using it, if you make it out of a pair of men's trousers it has the perfect size for a beach bag:
you can find more photos in this post and the pdf tutorial is here.
vintage fabric can be used for all kinds of projects, especially if it has beautiful prints, it's great to make something with it that people actually look at. danielle made this pretty lampshade for her daughter's bedroom a few years ago:
she used an old pillowcase she was given with a pile of fabric and random textiles from a friend. then she added lace trim and stitched on a satin rose and a crochet flower, both in hot pink.
our friend Steffi makes cool bags, this one was made out of placemats. the crochet details are especially cute, thanks for sharing, Steffi!
if you don't have any fabric on hand, why not try out kitty litter bags? that's what Syrenitee springs of Project Sanity did. check out her full picture tutorial on how to make one. here is a photo of the end result:
have you got any other ideas or links to share? please do so in the comments!
MORE OF UPCYCLING WEEK:
:: day 3 :: going a step further
:: day 4 :: iron-ons
:: day 6 :: roundup / link list