How to Make a Cowboy Boot Purse

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Your favorite pair of cowboy boots can keep on traveling with you long after they have worn out by turning them into sturdy purses. You can show off your leather-loving style by adding a leather belt strap to the purse or make the purse a little bit daintier with a thin, beaded chain strap. With a pair of boots, you can make one purse for yourself and one for your favorite friend who has journeyed with you as much as your boots.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather cowboy boot
  • Scissors
  • Lining fabric
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Heavy-duty sewing needle
  • Double-fold bias binding tape
  • Leather belt
  • Place the cowboy boot on your working surface and use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the boot just above the ankle.

  • Smooth out the top section of the boot and make sure the bottom edge of the section is straight. Cut, if necessary, to create a clean, straight edge.

  • Measure the circumference of the upper section and add 1/2-inch. Measure the length of the upper section and add 1 inch. Draw a rectangle on a piece of lining fabric according to the measurements.

  • Fold the lining in half and sew the ends together. This is the side seam. Sew together the bottom edge.

  • Measure the circumference of the top edge of the lining. Cut a piece of double-fold bias binding tape. Slide the top edge of the lining in between the layers of the tape and sew a straight stitch to attach the tape to the lining.

  • Turn the upper section of the boot inside out. Insert thread through the eye of a heavy-duty needle and sew the bottom, cut edge of the section together. You can sew a tight straight stitch when hand sewing or a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine.

  • Cut the buckles off a leather belt. Pin each end to the top edges of the purse. Sew the belt ends to the purse to make a purse strap.

  • Turn the purse right side out and slide the lining into the cowboy boot purse. Pin the lining to the top, inside edge of the purse. Insert pins about 1/4-inch below the top of the binding tape on the lining. Use a straight stitch with your heavy-duty needle to sew the lining to the purse.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you prefer a slimmer strap for the purse, hook a length of beaded chain onto the loops at the top, outside of the cowboy boot.

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