Upcycling is the process of revamping an old item to give it new life. The concept usually mixes both old and new materials, and is often quite inexpensive. Here’s a basic idea to start you off: Cover up a vintage, run-down purse with some faux fur and fabric glue for a chic and cheap makeover. The end result? The perfect accessory for your next cocktail party!
– Flat-sided purse (Mine was purchased at the thrift store!)
– Faux fur
– Fabric scissors
– Fabric glue
– Foam brush
– Strong craft glue (Such as E6000)
1. Lay one side of the purse on top of the faux fur to determine how much you should cut. You’ll want to add an extra 1-inch border to each side.
2. Trim the fabric and cut out a 1-inch square from each corner.
3. Using the foam brush, add fabric glue along one edge.
4. Fold the flap up and press down to secure it.
5. Repeat on the remaining three sides.
6. Determine how much faux fur you need for the other side. There is a zipper on my purse, so I measured the faux fur to sit right under it.
7. Repeat Steps 2 through 5 with the second faux fur panel. Let them both dry.
8. Adhere the faux fur panels to the purse using strong craft glue. Leave it to dry overnight.
And just like that, you have a purse that’s as good as new. No one will ever know that you made it yourself!
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez (Step-by-Step Tutorial) & Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co. (Street Style)
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