July 26, 2011

Purse Makeover

This week I'm posting some older tutorials from guest posts I did when I first started blogging.  (That also explains why Rex will look much younger in the pictures.)  This week's posts will probably actually be new to most of you (because they've never been fully posted here) and I'll get some time to finish some things that have been on the checklist way too long.

Today I'm going to show you how to take a plain purse or bag and turn it into something like this.  This is my darling sister and model.  It's her purse I revamped.

Here's how the bag looked in the beginning when she bought it.

All you need to do is find a fabric you love.  Iron on some "heat 'n bond" to the back of the fabric.  This will also make the fabric stiff and easy to cut out.  I cut out a shape I liked from the fabric.  Then peel off the paper backing and iron it onto the bag.

For a little extra detail and a more professional look, I added some embroidery floss.  This is super easy to do, it just requires a some time.  If the bag has a lining, be sure to make sure it's laying flat when you are stitching.  You don't want to sew it to the outer layer in a weird way.  If you feel like there's any spot of your fabric that isn't sticking to the bag as it should, just stitch your floss there.  It'll look cute and hold it in place. 

Floss is only $ .37 and it's a fun way to add some extra details.  I love to add it to the shirts I make for my little boys.

Here's the final product.  She likes it!  Victory!

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Looks great. Nice makeover.

  2. I've always loved this one! Sorry you guys were sick last week! I was on trek and just going back to see posts. Hope everyone is on the mend!

  3. Great purse! I used to hate the thrift store. Now it's my favorite place!

  4. Definitely a purse girl. Thanks for some ideas to dress it up!

  5. Oh, I love this idea. I will definitely have to try it!


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