For the current Friends of Craftster Raffle swap (come join!), I made a purse out of a skirt that I was going to donate. The requirements were to upcycle something into something else. I reused the outer skirt, the lining, and the tie. The only thing I used that was new was the interfacing and thread.
No pattern, just cut and went with what was in my head.
The tie was on the skirt as well, as a belt-like thing and I thought it was perfect to close the purse with.
View of the inside with the pocket: