Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Revamping an old bag

This is my favorite purse.  I love that it's orange.  I've received many compliments on it, even from my eye doctor.  It's bright and fun and different.


The problem is that I hated using it.  It was one massive black hole.  Everything I put in there disappeared.  There were also other problems.  The lining was cheap and flimsy.  It didn't give any shape to the bag, plus it was falling apart.  The magnetic clasp and also worked its way loose and was lost somewhere inside the bag.  I almost gave up on the orange purse and donated it, but then remembered that I have some sewing ability and decided to make a new and functional lining for it. 


The first step was to unpick the old lining.  I hated how dark the lining was.  The pattern seemed to camouflage anything inside.

I chose some home decor fabric from Joel Dewberry's new Heirloom line.  I used the original lining as my pattern.  

I even unpicked and salvaged the old zipper.  
 I didn't have quite enough of the yellow print to do the zipper pocket so I threw in some blue just for fun.

I added multiple pockets on each side of the bag.  

I also added a key fob because I was always losing my keys.  The little blue guy in this photo is a tiny light so I can search my purse in the dark.

After sewing the lining together, it was relatively easy to sew it back into the purse.  I'm so excited to have a functional purse again.  The heavier lining fabric gives the bag more stability and shape.  I love the extra pockets because it makes it so much easier to keep track of things.  

Why didn't I think of doing this sooner?

In other bag related news, my sister surprisingly declined to use the ginormous bag for a gym bag.  I took it to the farmer's market this weekend.  It fits 13 ears of corn, a loaf of basil Asiago bread, and a bag of apricots and tomatoes.... or a two-year-old.

26 comments:

  1. Great idea! Glad it worked so well!

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  2. Very clever! I love the new fresh lining and so much more practical. Your `new` purse is beautiful!

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  3. oh, very clever! It looks spectacular. Your color choices really make the bag even better!

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  4. Love your orange purse! I love all the pockets you added... brilliant!

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  5. It looks fantastic! I love it! Also, down here, it is all the rage to make ginormous bags, similar to yours, to take to the pool.

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  6. Awesome job. And I love your new lining WAY better than that black one. The little light on the key fob is genius!

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  7. I love this! Such a smart idea.

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  8. Aren't you clever! I can't imagine that it wasn't a pain to sew the lining back in the bag! Very cool though!!

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  9. Nicely done -- good job on matching the pockets, too. Always brilliant to get something new out of something old.

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  10. What an exciting thing to do with the inside pockets. I also have a hug big purse where everything gets lost. I love what you've done with yours. WTG!

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  11. what a brilliant transformation - in awe, again!

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  12. Great Idea! Huge bags are a blessing and a curse. I love being able to fit a sweater, snacks for a movie, and even a couple of jamba juices into my purse without looking like I had all of those items in my purse. But, I do not love that I can NEVER answer my phone the first time it rings because it gets sucked into that darn black hole. I think that I may try this out on my favorite :)

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  13. what a great idea! I love that print you used, agreed, I hate when the lining is super dark inside a purse, its like things just fall into the abyss of nothingness in there! I like your version better than the original :-)

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  14. Good for you! I love a bright lining and not a dark hole lining!

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  15. You are my sewing super hero!

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  16. Wow, awesome job fixing your bag! I'm really impressed that you sewed into leather... I've never tried that. It looks fantastic! :)

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  17. Great idea! When we find a bag we really love it's sad when it begins to fall apart. Glad you were able to refurbish your bag and make it work for you again.

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  18. what a great re-do for your bag! so cute!

    also, the kid-sized tote is just adorable! and so is the kid! :)

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  19. You are a genius!! And that is such a great idea!

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  20. Great job on the rescue, it looks fab.

    Can't think why your sister didn't go for the bag, I mean she and her buddies could have shared it, one person a week bringing along kit for everyone in it ;o)

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  21. You're so talented! I love the revamped bag, and maybe you should start a new line of cute kid carriers?

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  22. Gorgeous revamp! Love the blue inside the pocket! The little light cracked me up; I was in Target, way at the back, after dark one night when the lights went out. OMG. I didn't have a light with me, but eventually some emergency lights came on and I groped my way outside. Ever since, I've carried a light identical to yours with me at all times. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

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