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!