Friday, May 10, 2013

Upcycled Military Uniform Purse {Part 2}

This is a part two of a WIP I started last year.  Read the first half here: WIP Upcycled Military Uniform Purse {Part 1}

I finally got it finished and shipped.

Let's get to the tutorial

The purse was half done like this.

Then I prepared the lining.  Fold it in half, right sides together and sew the left and right sides

Boxed corners

Inside view of the boxed corners

Then prepare zipper, two long fabric pieces for the recessed zipper, two small fabric pieces for the start and end of zipper

Press the long pieces 

Put lining inside the outer bag, wrong sides together, sew the bag opening (bottom half) and lining together

Fold the bag opening (top half) under, pin and top stitch

Pin and Sew the recess zipper fabric piece onto the bag opening, on the inside.

Prepare strap. I used an old belt.

Cut the buckle, leaving the raw edges like this

sew them onto both sides of the bag

Finish sewing zipper onto the recessed zipper fabric pieces


Purse Opened


  1. You are so talented, it amazes me what you can sew.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  2. Wow, this is an amazing upcycle!! That zipper looks challenging. I've done zippers but this one looks like it's in a tight spot.

  3. I love the addition of the belt for the strap!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  4. Hi Mandy
    This is super cute. I love upcycling. Jeans are my passion. The belt you used here is perfect. I haven't tried using belts before, great idea. Thanks so much for sharing your bag at my blog hop. Your blog is really awesome. I'm your newest follower. Hope you will visit me again soon. I can't wait to see what you create next.
    Angel @ sewcraftyangel

  5. Simply gorgeous Mandy!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. I love this darlin'! What a good use for those old unwearable uniforms :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  7. love that lining! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday and for bit by bit inspiring me to get sewing!

  8. Mandy, you amaze me every time with your beautiful creations ! I shared this on Google+ today :-) Thank you for linking at our All My Bloggy Friends Party !

  9. This is so beautiful i love it! I wish i was creative.

    Popped over from the weekend blog hop x

  10. I just love it when stuff I sew works!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Pin It Tuesday!

  11. I love this!! You did a fantastic job! Your work is so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  12. You did a great job on this piece! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays!

  13. Nice purce!I love smal bags like this!

  14. Oh wow you are so talented, I love upcycled things and this is so beautiful made - amazing. Loving your blog and so glad I stopped by from the Falling for Friday linky.

    Laura x

  15. You are so clever, I'd never be able to do anything like that, I love it!

    I found your blog from the bloghop, please feel free to check mine out too!


  16. The purse is great! I really love the addition of the belt. Thanks for coming by and partying with me!

    Fluster Buster

  17. Another great purse. You are very talented. I'm so glad you joined us this week at Transformed Tuesday. Have a great week.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  18. Just shared this on Facebook and pinned it as one of the great features at Freedom Fridays this week!!

    Hugs my Friend and thank you for always sharing and supporting Freedom Fridays!!


Thank you for taking your time to comment! I LOVE comments (who doesn't?!)

I do reply to ALL comments, either through email, reply to your site, or reply on this page.

Once again, I appreciate your comments!


My Featured Blogger Post At NanaHood
MamaBuzz Sugar Bee Crafts Truly Lovely SSlinkyparty photo SSLinkyButton150X150_zps65c030f6.jpg The Patriotic Pam Adorned From Above MamaBuzz A Jennuine Life Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays Feature Consider Me Inspired Clippie Dips Featured at All My Bloggy Friends My Turn for us Photobucket PJH Designs Family Home and Life lollipops Too Much Time On My Hands Dear Creatives