Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Upcycle Military Uniform Cross Body Purse

Let's begin a series of Upcycling projects using a used military shirt.  First stop - a cross body purse.

My friend (the one who gave me her used uniforms) likes cross body purses, and i wanted to preserve all her military patches, so i decided to make a purse for her with all the patches.

The finished product

Let's see how I made it

the shirt before

cut out the front pieces

sew the bottom, sides together

boxed corner

i kept the buttons and button holes as one of the sides

sewed the loops to the sides for the strap

sewed zipper and lining to the outer fabric

i used a belt for one of my jackets as the strap


  1. So cool! I love the map fabric on the inside.

    1. Awww thank you Susan! I picked the map fabric coz my friend is in the air force and she is now a world traveller. Very fitting right? :)

  2. Awesome! My fiance is in the Navy and it would be fun to make a bag out of his BDU's. It would have my last name on it! I like this idea.


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