It’s been over a week since my last post! I went on a trip to Edinburgh for a few days and haven’t had the time to make anything new until now.
Edinburgh was quite fantastic. I saw lots of cool buildings, went on a tour in the underground vaults and got felt up by a grumpy security guard at the airport.
Wonderful sights and strangers touching you intimately – What more could you ask for?
Enough about that. Let’s continue with the crafts!
Today we are going to remake an old clutch bag. I think my mom got it with some magazine in the 80’s. The condition of the bag was beyond bad! This is what I used for this diy:
- One old bag.
- Varnish/Glue, I’m guessing Mod Podge would work very well here.
- Paint brush.
- E6000 super glue.
- Sandpaper. Didn’t use it that much though. The surface was already very ragged.
- Two types of fabric; Black velour – leftover from a Star Trek costume (oh yeah!) I made a few years ago. Brocade fabric from old 60’s couch. The couch broke in half during a party at my grandmothers house back in 1972. She saved some of the fabric, made a bag, and the piece I’m using here is a leftover from that bag. Recycled or what?!
- Not pictured here is a duffle jacket type of button and a black cord that I used as a closure. I will get back to that in a moment.
As I said, the bag was in a pretty bad condition. Actually, the overall quality of it felt crappy. The closure and shoulder strap fastening consisted of some lame plastic buttons. I decided to remove the shoulder strap entirely and just cover up all of the buttons with the fabric.
The orange brocade was already cut in a perfect size for my bag. I put a rather thick layer of varnish/glue on the surface.
And pressed on the fabric.
I let it dry for a moment and the continued to put glue on the edges. Sorry for the out of focus thing here…
I folded in the edges.
And let them dry like this.
After that it was time to glue on the black fabric.
I folded in the edges like this:
As you can see in the picture above, I left the sides of the bag as they were. I think that was the best thing to do as I wanted the bag to be able to close properly.
Speaking about closing the bag, how did I do it when I just covered the original buttons with fabric? The answer is:
One button, a black cord and a little bit of the same black fabric I used for the rest of the bag. I measured around the bag to get the right length of the cords.
And this is how it looks on the back…
… and on the front.
Before glueing it on to the back I decided to run over it a few times with my machine for some extra strength.
And the result is at the top of the post. A very simple way to give old bags new life!