How to Make a Cute DIY Baguette Bag Out of an Old Skirt

Martina Pan
by Martina Pan
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3 Hours

So, we are going for a thrift flip today; transforming a skirt into a cute DIY baguette bag! This is so easy and definitely a fun process!

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a baguette bag, and I'll be sharing my pattern too. I’m so excited to show you the results, so let’s get into it!

Tools and materials:

  • Old skirt
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pins
  • Lining from an old bag
  • Zipper
Zebra-print skirt before the DIY

Seam ripping the skirt

1. Seam rip

Seam rip the skirt so that you have a large piece of fabric to work with. 

DIY baguette bag body pattern

DIY baguette bagbottom and sides pattern

DIY baguette bag strap pattern

2. Cut the DIY baguette bag pattern

These patterns are based on my preference, so feel free to adjust them accordingly. 

  • Body x 2 pieces: height 17cm (6.69 inches), length 26cm (10.23 inches), width 13cm (5.11 inches).
  • Bottom and sides: long side 6cm, short side 4cm (1.57 inches), thicker width 13cm (5.11 inches), thinner width 17cm (6.69 inches) - this is half of the actual size.
  • Strap - 7cm x 49cm (2.75 inches x 19.29 inches).
Tracing the DIY baguette bag pattern pieces

Cutting out the pieces for the baguette bag

Note that the bottom and sides pattern is half of what is needed. So, trace the pattern then flip it over and trace the other side. Remember, longer ends must touch. 

DIY baguette bag fabric pattern pieces

Ok, now that you have your pieces, let’s move on to assembling the DIY baguette bag! 

Assembling the DIY baguette bag

3. Sew the DIY baguette bag

To make the main structure of the bag, you’ll need the two side pieces and bottom panel. Fold each piece in half and mark the center point. These will be your notches that you’ll need to align. 

How to make a baguette bag

Make your own baguette bag

Align the bottom piece’s center to the side panel center and begin pinning the sides around. Both pieces should be right sides facing. 

Pinning the side panels to bag body

Then, align the remaining side panel’s center point to the bottom point and pin. 

Pinned DIY baguette bag ready to sew

How to sew a baguette bag

Head on over to your sewing machine and sew the pinned edges. 

Sewn seams on the side of the bag

At this point, you can already see how the DIY baguette bag is already coming to life! 

Using lining from an old bag

4. Add the lining and zipper

Before we add the handle, let’s add a lining to the bag itself. I have an old lining from another bag.

If you don’t you can easily make your own lining following the same steps above. Also, we will be using a zipper. 

Seam ripping a belt loop from the skirt

I’m seam ripping a belt slot from the old skirt. This will be a handle for my zipper. 

Attaching a tab to the zipper

Insert the small fabric piece through the zipper’s loop and topstitch the ends. 

Placing the bag inside the lining

Now, place your bag inside the lining, wrong sides facing. 

Attaching a zipper to the DIY baguette bag

To attach the zipper, make sure the right side of the main fabric should face the right side of the zipper’s side. Pin the zipper together with the other two fabric layers on top. 

Hand-sewing the DIY baguette bag

Unfortunately, my sewing machine was acting up so I had to resort to handstitching all three layers with a simple backstitch. 

Sewn lining and zipper

This is how it turned out. 

Flipping the bag inside out

Now, flip your bag inside out. 

Folding the bag strap ready to sew

5. Add the strap

Fold your strap piece into two, right sides facing. Also, fold the ends of each side by ½ cm (⅕ inch)

Sewing the baguette bag strap

Now, do a straight stitch along the edges and shortends. 

Attaching the strap to the baguette bag

To attach the straps, slide the upper edge of the bag into the strap itself. Next, do a topstcih on both sides and you’re done!

DIY baguette bag

DIY baguette bag tutorial

I absolutely love how this DIY baguette bag turned out! It’s so quick and a great upcycle from a clothing item you no longer wear.

Now that you know how to make your own baguette bag, what color or print will you choose? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your feedback. 

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  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
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