I’ve been craving a leather purse recently, but they’re always too pricey for me, and I would feel too bad about buying a brand new leather purse when there are plenty of used leather things sitting at thrift stores just waiting for a new life. While browsing through clothes at a Goodwill while I was out of town last week, I found a jacket that I was convinced would work perfectly for the type of bag I wanted to make. My boyfriend thought it wouldn’t be enough material, but he was wrong – he should know by now not to doubt me.
So here is the jacket I bought. A nice deep brown leather jacket. $13. Perfect.
I’ve actually been lusting over a specific purse, so I thought to myself that it would be good to use that bag as a rough blueprint for the purse I was going to make. Here is that purse:
The Lucky Brand Abbey Road messenger-type bag. It’s convertible. You can use it as either a cross body bag or you could tuck the longer strap away and use it as a hand held bag with the smaller straps.
And it’s $178.
So that was my mission, to make a similar bag with the jacket I got.