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DIY - Old Purse into New Cross-Body Bag


In high school, back in 2005/2006, I went with a friend to a 'Purse Party'. It was an in-home event, and the owner's rooms were lined with fake, but beautiful, purses on display for purchase. I specifically remember having a little more than fifty bucks on me... I spent most of it on a little hand bag in stunning teal. Seasons came and went, and soon enough big bags were all the rage. My little bag up on the shelf was the right color, but not the right length for the trends. The small body and short handle have only been pushed farther off the It List since my high school days. I haven't had the heart to get rid of it, though
Today, I made an amazing change. I gave the bag new life! I turned it into a cross-body bag! If you have a story or bag similar to mine, you can follow along and breathe new life into your sentimental possessions too :) Or you can make a trip to the thrift store and find a small bag to upcycle!
For my version of the project, I used the following items:
-  a small purse in a stunning color
- pliers
- a long black & gold chain that I took off of a mediocre (thrift store find) cross-body bag
- an old statement necklace (that featured black & gold to accent the new above chain)
Photo 1
^ Before. It is a tiny little thing. I put the little nail polish bottles in the picture to show the purses' petite body & strap size. Sigh. I don't think these will come back into style soon enough for me, and I couldn't hide the strap to make it into a clutch.
Here are the other supplies I used (besides the self-explanitory pliers):
Photo 2
The chain will be used for the cross-body strap on the reconstructed purse. The necklace will just be a strappy accessory I add to the front of the bag; both to add a complimenting detail along with the original strap that will hang in front and to add black and gold to the purse so that it all looks more put together. The necklace detail is optional.
Photo 3
^ Close up of detail.
Photo 4
Photo 5
I started by taking the long chain off of the old cross body bag. I made sure to pry off the large loops that attached it to the black bag, these large loops will also attach the chain to the new bag.
Photo 6
I then dettached the clasp from the necklace. I discarded the clasp and the tiny links, keeping the large chain links. I left each end link pryed open (only one end is shown pryed open above).
Photo 7
Making sure the original teal strap was freely hanging in front of the purse, I attached the new black & gold chain to each side of the purse, behind the old strap. I used the pliers to reclose each large loop, securing the chain to the purse.
Photo 8
For my optional accessory, I attached one end of the necklace in front of the old handle. Reclose the link with the pliers. Repeat the process on the other side.
Viola! Step back and inspect your finished project!
Here are my after pics:
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Photo 11
Enjoy the new, trendy bag!
xo, Jerrica


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 2nd, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
It came out really neat, good job.
I learned in a jewelry making class in highschool that to open a jump ring without losing it's shape or more importantly, strength, don't pull it open. Instead, pull the ends away from each other sideways. I'm bad at describing things, so try this link, paying attention to the rings laying on the table in the last photo.
Jan. 3rd, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
I love the changes you made! :)
Jan. 3rd, 2013 09:25 am (UTC)
Wow, you did a great job!
Jan. 3rd, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
I really like what you did with the purse. Especially when something has an emotional value to you, it´s great to give it a second live.

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