A thrift store in a neighboring town advertized a re-purpose contest for earth day. I thought, hey, I’m re-purposing all the time, I can make something to enter. Who knows, maybe I can win the $50 gift card they are giving away. Can you imagine how much stuff you can get at a thrift store for $50?
I had to try to win it.
I had a few ideas on what I was going to make but the week before the item was due I got so sick and tired that I had a hard time making anything.
I had told one of my sisters about the contest and I knew what she was entering so if I wanted a chance at winning I knew I really needed to step and and enter something good. I gave it my best shot and completed a purse that I cut out a month or more before.
The whole purse is made from thrift and recycled materials.
I used a leather jacket, a shirt and a belt.
I cut it out so I could use one of the front pockets from the jacket on the outside of the purse.
I think I’m really going to like having a pocket on the outside of the purse.
My daughter had this fun retro looking shirt with a mushroom pattern that was beyond repair.
I loved the pattern so kept the shirt knowing one day I’d use the material.
The handle was a belt I picked up free at a garage sale for the D-rings.
I love the rustic look of this purse and the buttery soft leather it is made from.
I think this will be one of a whole lot of bags I make from the ever growing collection of leather and suede jackets I have.
I’m not sure if I’ll win the earth day re-purpose contest but either way I win, I’ll have a new to me purse and feel good that is a completely eco friendly purse. It’ll be nice however if I have a purse and $50.
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