Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pants Turned Purse

Jen at Tatertots and Jello is giving away and ADORABLE ruffle purse. (I won’t tell you how to enter to win it though, because I really don’t want any more competition than I already have.) I’ve honestly been thinking about this purse since I saw it. I love how huge it is. I love how sturdy it looks. And, I love the ruffles. I didn’t think it would be too hard to make one of my own, and was tempted to buy some fabric at Jo-Ann’s the other day (after all, I had sooooo many coupons thanks to September being National Sewing Month, and when you have so many great coupons, doesn’t it feel like a waste not to use them?), but thought I’d respect my husband and the painstakingly hard work he puts into our budget, and refrained from buying fabric.
Instead, I went digging in my box of clothes that are waiting to be taken to a consignment store or Goodwill. And yes, I referenced that box a month ago in this post, and honestly it had been sitting there for a few months before that. But it just keeps sitting there, so I just keep going fabric shopping in it. I found this pair of dress pants and shirt (the picture’s kinda crummy because I took it with my phone).
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What you can’t tell about the pants in the picture is that the light thread is actually silver. I cut the pants down the seams, used the cuffs as the trim around the top, and the waist band as the straps (I left the button on because I thought it added a fun touch), made a few ruffles (and also used an old tank top for the lining), and pretty soon, I had this purse!
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It’s not as wide as I would like it to be, but I was limited in how much fabric was available to me, and had to keep each side the size of the pant leg cuff. I felt like I was making a ruffled skirt for a little girl as I made it. In fact, when I showed it to my husband and asked him what he thought I made it from, he guessed a skirt.
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The rosette was made from the tie-band around the hem of a slinky like shirt (which I think I actually one wore once, and it was a hand-me-down from a lady at work’s daughter). I think I may have to make a few more of these.
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Yay for up-cycling!
Wanna know how I made it? Check out the tutorial here.

41 comments:

  1. The charcoal and blue are such a pretty color combination! I wouldn've have thought to pair them together until I saw yours. Even if it's not exactly as you'd like it, I think you'll love carrying such a fun and flirty handbag! Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! I hope to see you next week too!

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  2. I really like the ruffles on this purse! It's really cute. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial.

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  3. Sounds like you should just haul that bag of clothes to your craft room:) And maybe put it in a "cute" box or bag that you create! I see another project coming on! Oh, and cute purse btw!

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  4. I've been wanting a ruffled purse for a while now. You did a great job on yours. I may have to see what I can upcycle!

    http://froufrugal.blogspot.com

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  5. Wow!! I LOVE this!! You did a great job! Now if I can just figure out how to do it. Just bought a cool pair of houndstooth pants from GW the other day. I knew they would be perfect for some kind of project. Now I know what project!

    ~ The Speckled Dog

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  6. Wow, that's awesome! Can you post a full tutorial, I'm a little "slow" when it comes to sewing. :)

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  7. I think this is SUPER Cute!!!

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  8. Your purse is gorgeous - I love the fabric from the pants too!!

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  9. I love this purse! I think the colors and ruffles are perfect.

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  10. Wow! Love it! So creative and love that it is upcycled!

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  11. Great idea. It came out so cute. Thank you for sharing. I love reuse projects.
    http://www.couturiermommy.com

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  12. Found your blog through links! Love your blog!
    If you ever need new recipes or want to be featured..than please come become a follower to see daily updates and email us if you would like us to feature you!!!

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  13. This is awesome - I so need to try this - Off to a thrift store !! I just became a follower of yours - Follow me - :)

    http://moemade.blogspot.com/

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  14. This is a great idea! I might have to check out Goodwill for a larger size pair of pants to use for this :)

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  15. Super cute! I have some pajama pants that have "library bag," written all over them! Good to see another example!

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  16. So crazy cute! That ruffle makes me happy :)
    greeting from croatia,europa:))...
    M....

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  17. Yay for upcycling is right!! Love it.
    I'm going to peek in to my own bag for Goodwill {that has also been sitting there for months!} for a little treasure.
    Thanks for sharing your clever idea!
    Visiting from Frou Frou Decor.
    Cheers!
    Theresa

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  18. As soon as I saw this I thought of the purse {which I didn't win!} from Tatertots and Jello. I love how yours came out! I'm going to have to post about it on my blog!

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  19. amazing! i love it! what a creative idea and the blue looks fabulous with it!

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  20. This is fantastic! I'm your newest follower!

    Melissa
    http://burstsofcreativity.blogspot.com/

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  21. Cute fabric - looks great as a purse! Fantastic!

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  22. This is gorgeous! I love the ruffles. So creative! I'll be featuring this tomorrow - Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  23. Oh, I LOVE this! What an adorable purse, and those ruffles are wonderful! I am definitely going to have to use your tutorial and make one of these!

    I love your blog, by the way! I saw you on Under the Table and Dreaming, and I am following you now! :)

    Have a beautiful day!

    Blessings,
    Jenni
    {Beautiful Nest}

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  24. Look at you! How clever. :)

    I need to give this a try. I love it.

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  25. Great idea! I love crafts that upcycle!

    I'm visiting from Making the World Cuter. Have a great day!

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  26. I like the business-like feel the plaid of the plants give it.

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  27. i see this wonderful classy, yet contemporary bag in all my linky parties! it is so unique. i love it. thank you for the tutorial too.

    I am inspired to invite you to come link up with us, so our readers can love you too: http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-15/

    Every Wednesday there will be a new party, so bookmark our home page and you can come back over and over again with great ideas and tutorials, alright!?

    Smiles,
    Have a happy day!

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  28. Love the pants fabric in contrast to the girly ruffles. Well done!

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  29. I love this. I want to give it a try someday. Maybe when my new bag wears out.

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  30. Good idea!! Thanks for linking up with Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  31. This is adorable! It makes me want to go get some old pants and make a purse. I am going to bookmark this, and I am now following you. Love your blog!

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  32. Fun project! Good luck w/Crafting with the stars! :)

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  33. Love it! We gave you a shout-out on our blog today:

    http://welltodoyou.blogspot.com/2010/10/falling-for-diy.html

    Cheers-
    Suz + Sarah

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  34. Jill, I made a purse based on inspiration from your post and I blogged about it here- http://notjustdecorating.blogspot.com/2010/10/pants-repurposed-into-purse.html with a link to your post.
    Thanks for the great idea!

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  35. I saw you on Mama Refashionista. What a beautiful purse your pants are!!! ;)

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  36. I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello, and I must say, I think this purse is so stinkin' adorable!! It makes me want to learn to sew JUST so I can make one! Very cute idea and I love that you didn't buy any fabric!

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