For Week 3’s challenge in the #RefashionRunway3, we were asked to make a Tote, purse, or clutch.
This proved to be especially challenging for me as I typically just use fabric laying around for this kind of thing. I’ve never actually made a purse from an item of clothing… But when I saw this suit hanging in my dad’s office, I took a chance 🙂
My dad actually donated this suit to my sexy Hubs, but it didn’t fit him right so I didn’t feel too bad about cutting this up for a new Fall tote (it’ll be here before we know it, folks).
I’m the kind of gal who doesn’t just need a purse or tote; I need a Mary Poppins bag! I carry EVERYTHING in my purse, so I need all the pockets I can get. As such, I was very strategic with how I cut these pieces.
See how I did that? Nothing too difficult when you have the right tools.
And so on an so forth until all the panels of my tote are cut:
I found some old maroon handles from a purse I wore to death. I always save any type of scrap/zipper/button that can be salvaged for a future project: I never throw refashioning items away!
Before I began constructing this into my new tote, I wanted to add applique to the front panel… just to give it a little pop of color & pizzazz.
I decided that the funky print went better with the handles than the red tweed.
Then, applique it 🙂
Close up of a true “Applique” stitch. (You can use a zig zag stitch too).
I made sure to avoid the lining while I appliqued it
Now, I can assemble it together.
With left over scraps from my applique fabric, I made the tabs that would hold all the handles in place.
Next, I cut that into smaller pieces and sewed it to the hardware.
A zipper foot came in handy for the tight sewing space…
This was pretty labor intensive; I’m not gonna lie… but the final product came out nicely 🙂
When Fall comes around… I’ll be ready with my new tote bag 🙂
The best part of all: It cost me nothing
To vote for my Suit Tote or the other gals’ refashions for Week 3, click here 🙂