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Mod Sixties Upcycled Tote Handbag or Purse

Added Oct 10, 2011

by Maggie Molloy

Tipperary, Ireland






This is another bag based on the gorgeous pretty pinafore purse pattern by Lisa Lam of www.u-handbag.com. I always seem to be tweaking patterns i try to make, and this one is no different. I substituted the handles for a leatherette scalloped version that are my own design and i made the yoke and body in contrasting fabrics. I also lost the piping under the yoke and in its place i added some leather scalloping trim that i cut with my scalloping shears.

I have so many variations of this pattern that i want to make ill probably be still experimenting with it in 2 years, but i love it. Its amazingly simple to make and so easy to customize. I have only been sewing for 8 months and all the instructions were so well laid out it was a breeze to make.

Material Notes

This purse was made from a bright canary yellow table cloth that i found in a thrift store. It was in beautiful condition and only cost €2 (i think i used half for this purse). The top half was made using black corduroy and the straps and scalloping trim were white leatherette.

I also used wadding, vilene s250 interfacing, self cover buttons and a really long zipper. The lining of the bag is a white cotton.




Winter, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod, Rock, Vintage
Coating, Corduroy, Cotton, Denim, Leather/Fur, Linen, Suiting, Velvet, Wool



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    Oct 11, 2011, 12.40 PMby libra-s

    Really gorgeous!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 10.37 AMby Mai-der

    Love the color, the pattern… great job!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 09.31 PMby pink-cornelia

    love it! the color is fantastic and the buttons are a great detail.

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    Oct 10, 2011, 07.14 PMby Lora Martinez

    I love it, great colour combo!!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 03.42 PMby dianewelhamkelly

    Love this bag!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 09.58 AMby suribabe

    Wow another really nice bag.. I love the colors too..

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