Allow me to share the comments I've gotten...
Diana: It's like the Depression. She's so poor she has to make a purse out of some old bra...Only...it's the Depression so she doesn't even have money to carry. So why does she even need a purse. It's just stupid.
Calypso: Mom, that is so weird and gross. Can I use it for church on Sunday?
My mother: You're not actually going to let her take it to church are you?
Me: Grinning wickedly