Mod Purse Refashion, a Tutorial

The mod purse refashion is officially my first project inspired by Instagram. Are you guys on IG yet? I am addicted, and its bad. I follow all of these amazing people, and see all of these amazing photographs, that at some point it was bound to happen. I got inspired.

Susan of Freshly Picked is the particularly hip IGer that inspired this purse. She has such fabulous usage of triangles in her creations, that I pretty soon wanted to try my hand at it.

I pretty much L-O-V-E the way this purse turned out. Refashioned from an old leather purse found at the Salvation Army, recycling all of the original purse’s hardware, and using hand stamped fabric for the top…

Its my new favorite purse.

And I know this may sound hard to believe, but it was actually relatively easy to make! Especially if you skip the hand-stamping your own fabric bit.  Of course, I say this assuming you know your way well around a sewing machine.

Let me show you what I did.

First off, you will need your own thrifted leather purse. Check with your local thrift stores – ours runs a promotion in which every Wednesday things are 50% off. Score.

Now, time for the fabric. Skip this step and just use your own already designed fabric to simplify things. Otherwise Ashley at Lil Blue Boo has a great tutorial for hand stamping fabric.

Once again, you find me using my children’s toys as sewing / DIY supplies. Sorry Ben. This triangle just happened to be the perfect size.

I only use the glue to secure the hardware back onto the bag initially. Once it dries, sew around everything as best you can!

And there you have it, a super mod bag. Giving life to old purses everywhere!

I will totally be rocking this at ALT.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    hmmm… I’m still giving purses the stinkeye. I have this teal leather Tommy Hilfiger purse I thrifted and it’s almost a bit sporty for me, it has kind a a similar shape to it…. it could make a really good bottom to a bigger purse. Hmmmmm. Decisions, decisions!

  2. Sarah Helene says

    LOVE, LOVE this unique idea for re-purposing a leather purse, adding hand-stamped fabric for the top — to make a larger bag, plus adding the leather straps. THANKS for sharing. I agree with so many of the previous comments. I plan to use these instructions soon. Sarah in Minneapolis


  1. [...] Jessica from the Sewing Rabbit sewed this trendy purse from a thrift store purchase and hand stamped fabric. By reusing the hardware and leather from the thrift store purse she saved herself a mint over the cost of purchasing those notions from the fabric store. She shows us how to make our own in her Mod Purse Refashion Tutorial  on The Sewing Rabbit. [...]

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