The Red Purse- Is it a Hit or Miss?

Hello everyone, my favorite time of the week is here… It’s Hit or Miss time!

I’ve upcycled a leather jacket I found for $20 to make this red purse… Words can not express the challenges I faced while working with this leather, but I didn’t give up!

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What do you think? Is it a Hit or Miss? Fab or Drab?

I really love the braided handle reinforced with rivets, and the front pocket left in tact from the leather jacket.   The large zippered inside pocket covers the back panel.

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Here’s a look at the back.

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2014-02-09 12.58.22 - Copy (2)What do you think?  is it a Hit or Miss?  Fab or Drab?

Stay tuned there’s more to come from La Cartera!


51 Comments Add yours

  1. acraftymind2013 says:

    I love so many things about it specially the bow! 😀

    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you Sherry! I wanted to do more, but I had to let it go.. LOL

  2. I say it’s on the right track, but probably not on the level of something I would buy yet.


    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you Tyler, I agree! This purse is still in need of a flap / zipper. 🙂

  3. patternpile says:

    If you post a tutorial please let me know.

    1. lacartera says:

      No problem! The purse is still in the planning stage.

  4. LubbyGirl says:

    Love it! How did you do the handle? That really caught my eye.

    1. lacartera says:

      I made 3 mini straps,braided them together and sewed them at each end.

      1. LubbyGirl says:

        that’s what I thought it looked like. I used that method on a jeans purse I did, but haven’t tried it with leather yet. I have a closet full (I kid you not!) of leather jackets waiting to be transformed into purses, so now is as good a time as any to do it. Right? 😆

      2. lacartera says:

        Oh yes! You know that sounds like so much fun to me! Please share your finished design(s). 🙂

      3. LubbyGirl says:

        I’m in a major slump right now, creatively speaking…working on crawling out of my hole, waiting for the sunshine. 😆 But I’ll be getting to it before the next snow flies, I hope!

  5. Not my style- it is the handle and red I am not keen on, The finish is great though, I am sure a lover of red would be proud to have this

    1. lacartera says:

      I appreciate your comment! Thank you.

  6. Genevieve says:

    I think it is rather cute, I love the braiding!

    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you! I love trying something different.

  7. Love the reuse of something so bright and in good condition. Like the design but the handle will not make the bag stable enough to carry, it will always want to turn around because it isn’t balanced with what you would put into it. The braiding is great but perhaps two handles would have made it more useable. Great idea though and love the red and the design of the bag itself. It is always the details, isn’t it?

    1. lacartera says:

      I love your comments! I’ve only tested the purse on the shoulder although, it fits nicely the bag didn’t have the magazines in them. It may turn around??? Didn’t think of that. Gotta Luv the details! 🙂

    1. lacartera says:

      I’m so happy you like it!

  8. ikumihimo says:

    I think it’s a hit. Very creative!

    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you! It’s still in the development stage, but I think I have a good base!

    1. lacartera says:

      Awesome! Thank you very much!

      1. You’re welcome! I am inspired by this bag. I never thought about upcycling old leather pieces. I was making mine from leather on a bolt.

      2. lacartera says:

        I’m so happy to inspire creativity! I perfer to upcycle materials before I invest. Leather is so expensive, and I would hate myself if I destroyed it trying to figure out a design. 🙂

      3. Very true! Thanks for following my blog also! Just starting this one…

      4. lacartera says:

        You are very welcome! I can’t wait to see your creations!

  9. Diana Foree says:

    You are so brave and creative! Love that you take a jacket and repurpose it into a purse. You inspire me to go thrift shopping and try something like this. All your bags are so beautiful and fun, like the one I won. I can’t wait to take it on my ladies retreat to the Oregon Coast in two weeks. Pictures will follow:-)

    1. lacartera says:

      You’re the best! I appreciate your comments and I’m so happy you love your hobo bag. I can’t wait to see pictures! 🙂

  10. Clau says:

    You should open a store or maybe find one that is willing to help you sell your creations.

    1. lacartera says:

      That’s my dream! Right now I’m in between my day job & dream job. I am working with a shop and have my goods displayed. I also have an Etsy shop so right now I’m taking baby steps. 🙂

    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you! In some ways I have more fun when I upcycle. 🙂

  11. Great bag, love up cycled products! And who doesn’t love leather? It’s a hit!

    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you Brenda! This is one my favorites so far using leather!

  12. I really love the color and the braiding but my favorite is the material with the writing! FABULOUS! HIT HIT HIT!!!

    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you so much! The lining fabric does have a fun design I hope to incorporate it into something else.

  13. I LOVE it! First of all, a red purse is a must and I love how you upcycled it! Great job!

    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you! I love to upcycle and I’m still trying to find my niche with leather. I’m almost there. 🙂

  14. Oh it is a hit for me for sure. Great job and creative idea. I bought an old bomber jacket at an estate sale a while back knowing I could do something crafty with it. Ideas #sscnet

    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you Rebecca! What a great purchase. I’m sure you will create something marvelous! I can’t wait to see your creation!

  15. Ann Butler says:

    I think it is great!

  16. That’s a super cute purse!!! What a lot of work.

    1. lacartera says:

      Thank you! It is a lot of work and a lot of fun! I love a challenge! 🙂

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