Upcycled DIY Leather Fringe Bag and Another Book Giveaway


Ok, so maybe, just MAYBE, listening to Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones in the studio influenced this week’s project just a little bit. I have to admit, I totally think I’m so cool now loading up my laptop and flaunting this bag with all the fringe flowing back and forth behind me as I walk. 🙂

About a year ago, this huge leather coat found it’s way into my stash after a bag sale at my local thrift shop.

leather fringe-bag-before

But the leather was a bit stiff for a coat, the buttons were hard to button, and it simply needed a new life.

leather fringe-bag-before-2

I know what you’re thinking. But there really is no reason to be afraid of sewing leather on your regular machine! Just make sure you are using a leather needle (110/18) and your machine will do just fine. I promise.


Click here for the rest of the tutorial.


To thank you, once again, for taking the time to comment and pin this week’s Leather Fringe Bag Tutorial over at eHow, I’d like to give away another copy of my newest book, The Refashion Handbook to one of you. I’ll announce the winner next Saturday.

Have fun channeling your inner hippie!



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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77 Responses to Upcycled DIY Leather Fringe Bag and Another Book Giveaway

  1. Mother Deer says:

    Very nice tutorial; easy to understand. I would suggest an extra pass with the sewing machine over the straps, as they always seem to be the weakest point on a handbag. I love the finished product and may have to force myself to also cut up an old leather jacket 🙂

    Please enter me in the drawing 🙂

    • Nice to hear from you Mother Deer! Thanks for the helpful suggestion about the straps and yes, it would be hard to cut up a lather jacket that you loved, but I found this one in a bag sale. It was ill fitting and probably only cost about fifty cents. That made cutting it up much easier! You are definitely entered in the drawing. 🙂 Have a great week!

  2. Ann Hendrix says:

    Love the purse. I am curious about how much the jacket cost you to buy. I saw a short leather jacket at a thrift store and they wanted $20 for it. I felt like it was too much to pay for recycling, but maybe not?
    I would love to win!

    • Thank Ann! I have to admit that I’m so lucky to have my local thrift store. They have bag sales once a month. You buy a bag for $2.00 and can fill it with anything you’d like. That’s where I got this coat, so it probably only cost about 50 cents. I agree, at some thrift shops leather can be quite expensive. You might ask the owners of the thrift shop to keep their eyes out for a damaged leather coat that they might part with for much less $$$$. Just a thought. 🙂 Good luck, I hope you find just the right coat for this project!

  3. smenzmer says:

    Amazed at what you were able to change the coat to! And here I have given away a leather coat in the past!
    Would love to be entered in the drawing for the book!

  4. Joen says:

    Looks great, I have a leather and suede coat in my stash that I’ve been waiting to use on a project. Thanks for the groovy idea LOL

  5. Sharon Kloter says:

    Hi Beth..I’m not sure if this is the right place to leave a comment but I just want to say I’ve been following you for a long time…I really enjoy your posts and all the clever ways you are refashioning. This leather bag is so cool. Congrats on your new book and all of your tutorials..keep up the good work. Sharon kloter Tolland Ct.


  6. smenzmer says:

    Just pinned over at eHow, but did not see a place to comment there–so assuming we comment here to enter for the book giveaway?

  7. Trudy Callan says:

    This is awesome! I have an obsession with fringe. I am keeping my eye out for a second-hand leather coat. Great tutorial. Thanks. I left a comment on EHow and pinning this. Can’t wait to get your book! You are amazing!

  8. lucindalines says:

    Sorry I could not focus on the bag, I have that same carved creature that you have standing beside the bag. I bought it at a church meeting.

  9. Wendy says:

    I want to win your book! One of my favorite things in the world is making something into something else that I love much better! You sound like a total kindred spirit. Just found your blog through Pat Sloan – read her every day and now can’t wait to check out your blog as well.

  10. Valerie says:

    Once again another great tutorial! How do you find time to do all this when you are working full time as a teacher? Very busy talented lady!

  11. Sunny says:

    I’m not yet brave enough to put sissors to leather, but your idea is sure inspiring! I love all of the sassy fringe of your bag!

  12. Linda Lewis says:

    Please enter me in your book give a way. I love your designs!

  13. I love it! Very chic for this time of year…

  14. Francine says:

    Nice bag! I think I’ll try sewing leather. Thanks!

  15. My mother never backed away from sewing any type of fabric, and I’ve followed her lead. Great project.

  16. kathy says:

    wow! great transformation!

  17. Jenniffer Howling says:

    Love the refashion.

  18. Dawn says:

    Thank s for the great idea and tutorial! I often forget I could turn a garment into something else entirely rather than just adjusting the fit. 😉

  19. martyjane64@gmail.com says:

    Maybe the most phenomenal up cycle I have seen! I can see the flower power rocking the studio!

    Sent from my iPad


  20. opalspeacock says:

    This is awesome. I may now have a “problem” with refashioning although I am better at buying the stuff than actual execution, which of course is why I want your book. Please include me in the drawing. Would love for you to sign it, if I win. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

  21. ashabrant says:

    Love it! Now to find a leather jacket to cut up! Xx

  22. Pam says:

    Great idea…now to find a leather coat. 🙂

  23. Cindy says:

    I love this! I need to go and find a leather coat to take apart. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  24. Pat says:

    i loved your tutorial on ehow! Because of you I will forever look at thrift store clothing differently. 😉 Like I said this bag rocks… and you make it look so easy.
    I’ve got to give this a try.

  25. lindsayscalco says:

    LOVE the fringe! How perfect for fall. I just did a leather tote tutorial on my new blog. I’d love for you to check it out http://www.thediydream.wordpress.com

  26. Debbie says:

    I love this purse, I see me making one in the near future. Fantastic tutorial. I was at Goodwill tonight and was looking at a leather jacket for $10.98; I didn’ t purchase it because I thought it felt too stiff. I got home and checked my emails and to my surprise I recieved your email about a stiff leather coat turned purse, darn I should have purchased the one I saw. Oh, well it may still be there this weekend.
    You have a wonderful blog, I am hoping to win a copy of your book.

  27. Bonnie says:

    Beth, I’m loving your blog and tutorials. I listened to your interview and I could just hear you smile. Best of luck with this expanding passion. When I told Josh and Eric what you were up to both raised and eyebrow and said “cool!” I ordered your book. It looks like there’s steep competition for the giveaways. 🙂

  28. Debbie White says:

    Your blog is inspiring me to sew by refashioning other items. I have had the “itch” to get back into sewing again but find that the cost of fabric is so high these days. Reusing other items is inspiring! I will have to read your blog like a book for ideas and inspiration. I have some bags of clothing ready to take to a charity but most likely will go through them before doing so. Who knows what I’ll find in there to refashion?

    • Hi Debbie! The cost of fabric and patterns is exactly what inspired me to start refashioning. There are so many great pieces waiting around in the thrift shops that just need a little lovin’!!! Hope you have as much fun with all of this as I do!

  29. rrjane011749 says:

    I love this bag! I have 3 leather couch cushions that have been waiting for a project just for them!

  30. Arianna M. says:

    I love the bag! Unfortunately I don’t have any leather needles right now…

  31. mumbird3 says:

    Wow – I have an old jacket in the closet that I think will get repurposed very soon! That is just a great bag!!!!

  32. The Lisa Marie says:

    While taking my walk this afternoon, I listened to your interview with Pat Sloan. As soon as I got home, I had to check out your site. I love your ideas! I even told my daughter about it. I’d love to win your book, so please enter my name . I might even share it with my daughter. 😉

  33. Jan says:

    I love your blog so I’m sure I would love your book! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks

  34. Natasha Tung says:

    I’d love to see your book! I’m kinda clueless when it comes to refashioning things. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/82612974390540774/

  35. piroska says:

    If it’s not too late, I’d love to be entered in your giveaway. The book looks fantastic. I’ve been trying to get into the whole “upcycle” thing, and have bought several pieces of clothing from the thrift store, but as of yet, have not actually done anything with them.

  36. Anonymous says:


  37. Anonymous says:

    thanks so much. just made this bag. great tutorial.

  38. Gretchen says:

    Awesome bag, and even better that it was from an old jacket!

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