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Vintage Bag Make-Over

January 11, 2011

Just an idea not to forget to take a second look at older handbags  that might be ready and waiting for a second life!
Whether they come from the back of the closet, or a flea market- take a fresh look for signs of re-do potential.
You can easily find one that offers a chance to create  a one of a kind fashion statement  with just a tiny bit of  imagination & embellishment. 

The biggest problem I usually come across with a flea market find, is the ruined interior. Luckily this interior is in pretty good shape, and the exterior unmarred which made it a good candidate for a quick cutesy  update.
(If you are in the mood, some interiors can be removed- a pattern made from it,  coordinating fabric chosen and sewn to yield a clean perky interior lining ready to be reinstalled with glue.)

This was a quick project really, using  bits and pieces from my stash. Working with a Valentine theme, I wrapped check ribbon around the handle, clipped on my Love-O-Meter charm attached by jump-ring to a Swivel Snap Hook (adorned with tied snippets of coordinate ribbon). The “L’Amour” tag was an applique scrapbook sticker waiting for the right spot! If you love this bag it is now for sale in my studio store.

By the way, check out  Project Restyle to see all the fun creative restyling that is going on! Join us!


~ ellen



  1. {just do it} Valentine’s is Coming–You Ready? – FabTalk - It's All About Fabric says:

    [...] charming handbag re-do from Ellen Medlock, perfect for that vintage bag you’ve been holding on [...]

    February 10th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

  2. Yvonne says:

    I like this! Great idea!

    February 11th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

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