Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Slipcovered Ruffle Purse Makeover

I've wanted a little black purse to use for date nights for a while, but I hate spending the money on something used so infrequently.  I buy a new purse about once every 4 years, so I thought I'd try upgrading something I already had!

It used to look like this

I've now slipcovered some bar stools, a chair and a sectional; so why not a purse?

Here's what you need to slipcover your own purse:

Old purse
ruffle fabric
sewing stuff
hot glue
something to make a strap (I used ribbon and chain)

I started by cutting the straps off the old purse (I should have used wire cutters, oops!)

Then I took my ruffle fabric and pinned it inside out on the outside of the purse.  I only pinned the sides and bottom and left the top completely open.
*make sure ruffles stay nice and flattened down when you sew them... a few of mine got sewn "flipped upwards"

Take the pinned fabric off the purse and sew it inside-out.  Flip it rightside out and put it back on the purse.  It should look like this

You'll have all that loose fabric at the top.  Hot glue the loose fabric to the inside of the purse

Then you'll have this!
A clutch, I guess?

I wanted a strap.  I had some chain cut at Lowe's (about 18") and threaded some black ribbon through it

Then I sewed and glued the chain to the inside lining of the purse (better safe than sorry, right?)
I ended up with this!

I love it now and I can't wait to try it out!
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  1. That is adorable! You should sell them...I'd buy one because I would never attempt to make one for myself. I'm like you, I rarely buy a purse...only when the other one breaks.

  2. That's genius! I'd love for you to link this up to my party (You could win $20 of vintage jewelry just for linking up).

  3. what a great way to update a purse- it looks so fun!

  4. Truly genius and it turned out so cute and fun!!

  5. you are a freakin' genius..slipcover queen. i am so not worthy!

  6. What a creative idea! I wouldn't have thought of that either! Great job!

    evie @ brown paper packages

  7. This is so smart! Oh my goodness! I would love for you to share with Blog Stalking Thursday Link Party!

  8. What a great upcycle!! I think I need to reclaim my old purses I let my daughter play with! I would LOVE if you would be willing to link up to our party going on now-Monday.

  9. What a great idea! Love how it turned out.


  10. Who doesn't love ruffles. Wow, this is so pretty. I would love it if you would link up at our Link It Up Thursday party.

  11. How fun! I love the ruffles, what a great look for a purse!!!

  12. This is a good idea and it turned out great, thanks for sharing, visiting via Get Your Brag On

  13. I need to purchase some ruffle fabric!! Happy you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!


  14. Great job! I would have never thought of using an old purse as a base!
    You should join me for Handmade 52! -Katie

  15. That's too cool! I've never thought of that but hey, why not? It looks great too - you've done a lovely job!

  16. We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party next Friday and would love for you to share this! Feel free to stop by and grab a party button!

  17. That looks awesome! Such a great idea. I'd never think to slipcover an old bag :)

  18. Genius. I would never have thought of anything even close. Great idea!

  19. Most excellent redo! Now I'm looking at my favorite old leather purse with new eyes. Maybe update it with a removable ruffled cover? You've got me thinking now. Thanks!

  20. Great job. I love it! Please consider sharing this with my readers over at
    Hugs, Kathy

  21. That turned out so cute! Props!

    Thanks for linking up at Giggles, Glitz & Glam.

  22. Love your purse makeover, I just can't get enough ruffles. Great work.

  23. I saw your post on My Girlish Whims--so cute!! I write a blog for Goodwill about diy/crafting/upcycling, etc. Have a great day!

  24. The purse looks amazing and such a great idea! Thanks so much for joining us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope to see you back next Saturday with more great ideas! -The Sisters

  25. Oh my gosh. this is genius. I can't wait to go thrift store shopping so I can spice up an out-dated purse!

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