Old 80s leather jacket to twenty twelve bag

I’ve never made a leather bag before but, when I saw this jacket at the Salvation Army for four bucks, I knew I had to give it a try.


I looked at this project as an experiment. I wasn’t sure if my machine would sew on leather, but I went ahead and bought some leather needles 110/18 and just started cutting.

I cut 4 pieces, 7 inches x 13 inches and one piece 13 inches by 19 inches.

My friend gave the skirt you saw in the first picture.  I was going to use that for the lining, but when I tried it on, I saw there was potential for a refashioned skirt so I switched and used some IKEA fabric I had left over from a curtain project for the lining. (You might see the skirt in a future post).

The bag handles were made from 25 cent thrift store belts.


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A few details- The silver pin came in the basket from my friend Mari that I posted in December.

The IKEA fabric I used for the lining.

I’ll definitely be watching for more leather thrift store coats in the future. This was so much fun to make. Now I’m off to refashion that leopard print skirt so I have an outfit to wear with my new leather bag. 🙂

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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17 Responses to Old 80s leather jacket to twenty twelve bag

  1. Melanie Burney says:

    So cute!

  2. Cheryl Sypher says:

    This turned out so cute … What a good eye you have for seeing that bag in that coat !

    • Hi Cheryl, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with the coat when I bought it. But I put it in my stash and when I saw the purse I liked, I knew the coat would be the perfect victim. Thanks for your comments!

  3. Whatttttttttttttttttttttttttttt!! That is so awesome! Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations!

  4. gailmurton says:

    Wonderful Beth! Love the bag. You are so very creative.

  5. chuichoy says:

    No idea how you saw a bag in that coat or handles in the belt but it looks amazing!

  6. Colleen says:

    You’re very inspiring!

  7. Silver Spoon Celebrations says:

    Is there a tutorial for this? I have a lot of old leather items that I can’t part with. Maybe my husband would be glad to the coat he gave me in the 80’s being worn again as a bag!

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