Tote Bag, Purse or Clutch Refashion Sew Alongs

I have to say this first project is one of my mostest-favoritest sew alongs EVER!

Not only because it’s a cute bag, but those little hands belong to someone very special. Those little hands love to create. Those little hands spent an afternoon creating with me in my studio the other day. And those little hands made the cutest bag EVER!


And those little hands belong to my fun Granddaughter, Brooke!



Thanks for sewing along with us this week, Brookie!


Carissa from Carissa Knits gathered up her courage to try sewing with leather again and bravely created this great bag from a free, outdated leather jacket.




Brandy Whitfield used some unexpected items to create this amazing clutch. I love the drawer pull idea for the handle! Not to mention her fun color combo.

bag challenge


Vicky Myers from Vicky Myers Creations joined us for the sew along this week and created a lovely bag from some old trousers, a tweed skirt and a duvet.

Upcycled Large Tote by VickyMyersCreations

Trousers and tweed skirt for upcycling into a bag

Hand embroidery detail of large upcycled tote bag Vickymyerscreations


A Frugal Spinster sewed along with us and transformed some old jeans into a handy and durable shopping tote.

50 cent jeansIMG_7873



Joy Candrian from XOXO Grandma combined a pair a pants and a tablecloth to make an innovative bag.

Purse Before & After_xoxo Grandma


Cassie Woolard loves to make bags from all kinds of repurposed materials.





Esther Chandler from Make My Day Creative sewed along with us this week and cleverly used an old leather jacket to make this cute leather and doily clutch.

Esther Chandler handbag sew along

Esther Chandler handbag sew along 2

Esther Chandler handbag sew along 3

Thanks for sharing this with us this week, Esther!


If you are following along with the Refashion Runway fun and you decide to sew along with us for any of the challenges, photograph your project and send it to me at and I’ll post it for you. It’s fun for us to see your creative projects, too.

Tomorrow is the last day to vote for your favorite bag refashion.

*Click here to vote*

The winner of this week’s challenge will be announced on Saturday morning.

See you then,


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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15 Responses to Tote Bag, Purse or Clutch Refashion Sew Alongs

  1. robinsmelody says:

    I love getting to see everyones work. I’m always so impressed. I’m chicken to try this myself but one of these days I’ll get the courage up to try this. I think I can, I think I can . . .

  2. belle45945 says:

    Thanks Judy. I have thought about the programs and on reflection there was not much openness to new ideas. Maybe the Exec Comm could discuss this. If things become stale, interest will drop. I also think too many of the meetings this next year are in retirement homes! Maybe I am resisting the aging😼. Barbara

    Sent from my iPad


  3. claire says:

    The creativity is astounding. I love looking at each one, it helps to get my creativity flowing. It is so nice to see a young girl at a sewing machine, and what a great job she did. Love to see that old leather get used, and that gave me some ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Paige says:

    Love the bags. Love that your granddaughter is learning such an important skill from you. My mom taught me how to sew. We made a log cabin quilt in 6th grade. I’m teaching my daughters now. It’s sad how many ladies I talk to who don’t how to sew. It’s a blessing to have the knowledge.

  5. Penny says:

    Brooke is following in some amazing foot steps. She is very lucky to have such a talented Grandma to teach her many things. Grandma Penny

  6. Peggy says:

    WOW – I love these – such creative ladies (and how blessed you are to have a grand-daughter to spend time with you! I LOVE her bag!)

  7. Heen says:

    great items for inspiration 🙂 thank you for sharing

  8. knotrune says:

    I’m glad we don’t have to vote on these! Some lovely bags here 🙂 I’d really struggle to pick a favourite.

  9. Carol Stearns says:

    I love this site! I have an almost 14 yr old granddaugher who makes things out of duct tape and is starting to want to go to thrift stores and create. She has not been interested in sewing but maybe she will and soon! Thank you for the great ideas!~

  10. So many great ideas! Love them all.

  11. So many great ideas! Love them all 🙂

  12. I cannot believe how much Brooke has grown up! Now she is sewing on her own and doing a fabulous job – I love all these bag refashions. I have some wonderful fabrics I have picked up – mostly vintage Vera Bradley sheets and table cloths that I want to make grocery and farm market bags out of and your ideas are just so doggone beautiful!

  13. Sarah Tyau says:

    Wow, what an adorable granddaughter and what a cool grandma you are! I wish I had a grandma who taught me to sew on the weekends! I also have a hard time believing you’re a grandmother. You look way, way too young!

  14. Love the ideas!!! So many inspirations☺️

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