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Leather clutch made from old leather pants

Added Sep 6, 2009

by Emma (Cotter...

Ireland, Ireland






I love this bag! I had a pair of old leather pants stuck in my wardrobe for the last 8 years and I couldn’t bring myself to throw them out! I wanted to turn them into something I could use. I took the pants apart at the seams I got inspiration from a bag I saw on the internet. This bag is my own design. It took about 8 hours to make. All the flowers and leaves on the front are individual pieces. I took the closing piece and the wristlet chain off an old bag I bought but never used. The bag is fully lined in leopard print satin. I love this bag as it’s a real unique piece and I know I’m not going to see anything like it on anyone else.

Material Notes

recycled Leather, hardware, leopard print satin for the lining and black thread. I ironed heavyweight fusable interfacing to the leather to stiffen the bag and flatten the seams.




Garment Type
Evening Wear

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    Jan 4, 2010, 08.49 PMby seussian

    I want one! It is the most unique,beautiful bag I have seen in a long time God bless

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    Jan 3, 2010, 09.12 PMby lachouette-1

    This is amazing! I love how you turned something old and somewhat sentimental into something very fashionable. Plus you will probably get a lot more use out of that clutch. Great job!

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    Dec 2, 2009, 12.36 PMby bredi88

    just fantastic!

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    Nov 11, 2009, 12.12 AMby malagala

    where did you get the hardware.

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    Oct 13, 2009, 11.52 PMby sophienissirios

    That’s a funky bag :-)

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    Sep 12, 2009, 05.59 AMby nathaly

    wow! thats so creative , really NICE .

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    Sep 8, 2009, 08.08 AMby milkyway

    well done,

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    Sep 8, 2009, 03.51 AMby froglegs

    Just beautiful. I will try this for sure. Thanks for the Idea.

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    Sep 7, 2009, 02.02 PMby sewingpurses

    Inspiring! I haven’t worked with leather but made a smiliar bag last year in fabric. What machine did you use for the leather and did you use a special instrument for placing the hardware? Thanks for sharing. Great job!

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      Sep 7, 2009, 07.38 PMby Emma (Cotter) O'Connell

      I didn’t use any special machine just my Brother xl3600 that I always use. The Hardware stays in with screws so I just cut a small hole and screwed the closure it in place.

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    Sep 7, 2009, 11.28 AMby begysh

    I wish you wrote instructions for it. LOVE IT.

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    Sep 7, 2009, 10.18 AMby anajan


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    Sep 6, 2009, 07.50 PMby leeloe

    wow.. nice job.. i found a leather skirt in my moms closet and wanted to make something like that.. only I don’t like the coluor of it :(

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    Sep 6, 2009, 05.30 PMby mayadaughterofsun

    Interesting idea! (I need to call my mom this moment to ask her if she threw away old leather pants)

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    Sep 6, 2009, 04.22 PMby camilainarq

    muy buen trabajo! muy lindo bolso! y muy buena idea!

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    Sep 6, 2009, 02.19 PMby evette

    I’m loving all the floral detail, especially the leaves…very beautiful.

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    Sep 6, 2009, 02.04 PMby ghainskom

    beautiful recycling project. You made a very unique clutch indeed.

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