DIY Makeover: Faux Fur-Covered Purse

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Finished Faux-Fur Covered Purse

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!

Supplies for Faux-Fur Covered Purse


– Flat-sided purse (Mine was purchased at the thrift store!)
– Faux fur
– Fabric scissors
– Fabric glue
– Foam brush
– Strong craft glue (Such as E6000)

Use purse as template to cut faux fur

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.

Cut faux fur with fabric scissors

2. Trim the fabric and cut out a 1-inch square from each corner.

Add fabric glue

3. Using the foam brush, add fabric glue along one edge.

Fold up fabric for a clean edge

4. Fold the flap up and press down to secure it.

Fold up sides for a clean edge

5. Repeat on the remaining three sides.

Use purse as template for faux fur

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.

Create a faux fur panel for each side of the purse

7. Repeat Steps 2 through 5 with the second faux fur panel. Let them both dry.

Glue faux fur to purse

8. Adhere the faux fur panels to the purse using strong craft glue. Leave it to dry overnight.

Finished Faux-Fur Covered Purse

And just like that, you have a purse that’s as good as new. No one will ever know that you made it yourself!

Finished Faux-Fur Covered Purse

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez (Step-by-Step Tutorial) & Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co. (Street Style)

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