Handbags and Gladrags

Hi there, its time for spring cleaning and a little refashion of a few old handbags.

I have a few left that I had tucked safely away until I knew just how I wanted to “revamp” them. That’s my word lol but I’m from another time in space anyway lol Its the popular thing to do isn’t it?  ..revamp, recycle, up cycle and refashion?

Red Wool Tote with embroidered horse design on front   12" X 12" / 24" handles

BEFORE –   Red Wool Tote with embroidered horse design.


This is the Before photo of the Red Wool Tote. As you can see its a “primitive” style and that was my intention at the time. Its lined with a medium weight satin fabric. But it just didn’t sell at the markets.

I took seam ripper in hand and began to remove the embroidery floss that I had embellished the edges and handles with. I also removed the button and button flap. I removed the lining to resize it and took the gussets off the bag as well. All that was left was the horse and pony design. I trim the main bag to a 12 X 18″ piece. I folded it in half and lined up my ruler with a couple of large pins for “stops” and cut a slit with the rotary cutter for handles about 1-1/2″ from the top of the bag. (properly felted wool fabric won’t unravel at the edges) I sewed the side seams, and was ready for the lining. I cut the lining to the same size as the outer bag and allowed for the lining to be folded down below where the handles were. Inserted the magnetic closure and  hand stitched the lining into the bag.



Lining and closure

Lining and closure


For the next bag. I not only took it apart like the did the red wool bag, but I picked the embroidery design off of it too. It was an “airy” design so it only took an hour and it came off fairly easy.

Brown Wool Tote  BEFORE

Brown Wool Tote BEFORE

I gave the wool a good steam press with a hot iron to freshen it up after having the old embroidery design on it. Trimmed up the wool fabric  to 12″ X 18″ like I did for the red bag, and stitched a new embroidery design onto the front. This  design is a Jacobean Bloom. I think it turned out quite nice. (The pictures really don’t do these designs justice). I replaced the lining which was a poly/ cotton fabric with a pretty Batik fabric and added a magnetic closure to this bag too.

I love working with the wool fabric. Dense embroidery designs stitch so nicely onto it because it is a sturdy fabric, and wool wears so well. Wool also washes well without fading over time.

Inside of brown wool bag

Inside of brown wool bag

AFTER - Brown Wool Bag

AFTER – Brown Wool Bag

Im very happy with the results, and the size of the bags.12″ X 12″   A cute size to hold your wallet and cell phone with plenty of room. I have a few more bags that need to be  “revamped” and they will be ready for the market. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by…happy stitching





March 24, 2014 · 2:52 PM

3 responses to “Handbags and Gladrags

  1. claire93

    what excellent makeovers ^^


  2. Nice work. I like bags what a creative one. Blessings Always, Mtetar


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