Not having a job or money at the moment, I needed to make something for my mother for mother's day from things I already had. I have had this skirt for six years and I only wore it once! But I loved the fabric, which was why I couldn't get rid of it.
It was heavily pleated so I cut off the top band to make a long rectangle of fabric and used some old curtain fabric that a friend had given me as a lining- a lime green canvas-like material. This gave the bag a great structure. I took apart the top band to get rid of the bottom part of the skirt and hand-sewed it back together to make the "latch" and the strap.
The bag is 13" tall, 12" wide and 3" deep. Great size for magazines, which my mom loves!
(this pic is a little weird because I had already cut off the top band before taking the picture, but you get the idea)