I made this purse entirely from materials that I already had. And I didn't even use my sewing machine. It's on the fritz! (Don't worry, it'll be fixed in no time. Have you been reading my mom's blog?) Bottom line: this is a project anyone can do!
Here are my raw materials (minus the zipper that I cut out of one of my many unused teacher bags):
The strap is an old belt. The lining is canvas, leftover from my pillow recovering (re-covering, that is), and the red print is from a skirt that my family brought me back from Bolivia. (Correct me if I'm wrong??) I liked the skirt, but it was too long and the bottom section was ill-fitting, so I cut it off a couple years ago, and now I wear it as a mini skirt. I kept the fabric because I liked it. It's sturdy and cute and fun, so what better way to put it to use than in a purse?
Aforementioned mini skirt:
Here's what I did to make the purse:
I first cut down my materials to the right size and took apart the hardware on the belt.
Then I sewed the outside layer on three edges, keeping my seams on the inside.
Here is how I attached the belt as a strap. One end already had a hole (from the buckle), and I hammered another small hole on the other end. I used an embroidery needle and yarn to loop through the hole about 10 times.
I made my lining and sewed the zipper in. I realized that I didn't make the edges long enough to extend the length of the purse, so notice the patch I sewed on at the end on the left. (See, even people who don't measure can make the purse!)
Then I sewed the lining to the inside of the purse, sewing straight through the belt.
Finished product! I am thrilled with the outcome.