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20+ upcycled purse tutorials

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20+ upcycled purse tutorialsSave old clothes from the landfill and turn them into an upcycled purse! I have a whole bunch of tutorials and inspiration to get you started. This list is strictly for chopping up old clothes and remaking them into something new, click over to this roundup if you’re looking for ways to update an existing purse like refashioning a clutch by gluing on patches.

Not all of these are full upcycled purse tutorials, some are just visual inspiration, but I hope you can get excited about turning something you already own into a functional bag instead of something collecting dust in your closet!

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15+ upcycled purse DIY ideas

upcycled book into a purse tutorial

I love books so it would have to be a beater with missing pages for me to go through with this but it is a fun tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.

How to sew an upcycled leather purse

See how I turned an old leather jacket into a simple tote, here on my blog.

A fun usage of embroidered fabric, with a tote made from a Mexican style dress at Tea Rose Home.

upcycled jean cross body purse

An adorable little cross-body purse made form jeans by Minki Kim, see the post here and her pattern shop here.

upcycled tea towel bag

If you have old tea towels laying around that you don’t know what to do with, turn them into a fun bag with this tutorial from Bombshell Bling.

wool sweater tote upcycle

Love this fun handle detail, with a wool sweater upcycled into a purse from The Renegade Seamstress.

I adore this little backpack, upcycled from old jeans and shared over at Scratch and Stitch.


This is such a unique design with upcycled belts, over at Paper Michey.


I love the stitching on this upcycled denim boro bag tutorial from Vicky Myers Creations.

A great idea to upcycle old ties into functional little zipper pouches, with a tutorial from Polka Dot Chair.

wool purse clutch tutorial

A pretty clutch made from a fussy old blazer, from The Renegade Seamstress.

I love how she reused belts in this upcycled backpack, it looks super sturdy over at Delia Creates!

kids clothes into a purse

An adorable way to upcycle old kid clothes, see how she turned pants into a kitty purse at Five Marigolds.

pillowcase tote

A super fast tutorial to turn a pillowcase into a simple tote bag, from See Kate Sew.

upcycled tshirt into zipper tote

I think the proportions of this tshirt tote look great, from Unicorn Hideout.

upcycled jean zipper pouch

This is simple and super cute, a frayed denim zipper pouch from old jeans, with a tutorial from Curly Made.

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Upcycle placemats into a simple purse with a pretty leather strap, tutorial from Paper and Stitch.

Pick two scarves and make a simple bag with a fun strap, tutorial over at Hallmark Channel.

Another fun cargo bag, this time sewn from pants, at the Noodlehead blog.

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Tuesday 16th of June 2020

I LOVE these. I've been making bags from left over quilt blocks and stuff I'm finding in my sewing while during this pandemic. I can't figure put how to add a photo to this message to show. Thanks. I always enjoy your ideas.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Saturday 20th of June 2020

Hi Sharon! You are so kind to say so. I clicked over to your site and the bags are delightful, the appliqued bird ones are my favorite :) What a lovely thing to do.

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