Hit or Miss?


My first attempt at upcycling two placemats with handmade beaded handles.  Is it a hit or miss? Using only the materials on hand… Nice try or try again?  Don’t be shy~tell me what you think? Stay tuned there’s more to come from La Cartera!

Denim Cross Body Hobo Bag


Wow! This is not your ordinary denim cross body bag.  I’ve created a quilting design on the bag to add texture.  Adding my finishing touches to the inside ( in true quilting fashion) makes this bag durable.  Traveling/shopping  with a cross body hobo bag is my must have.  While shopping I’ve gotta have my hands free to…

Tulip Purse


The upcycle Tulip Purse is so bright and cheerful that it reminds me of summer.  The bold bright colors that I love, will fit nicely into an Urban Summer collection line of colorful purses. Inspired by the Linen Safari Handbag, I used the same design for this purse. So here’s a look at the Tulip Purse,…

Select A Purse for the March Giveaway


I am planning a purse giveaway in March, to one of my lucky followers.  Now I need your help in selecting, which purse I should giveaway. I’ve selected the purses that received the most likes, but I love them all.  So please vote on your favorite!  This poll ends on March 11, 2013. You can take a look…

Urban Summer Purse Tutorial~ Part #2


Let’s create the purse lining, inside pocket, and install the purse feet for the Urban Summer Purse Tutorial~Part #2.  Just for consistancy…I left you with Step 4 in the last tutorial so I will begin Part#2 with step 5. Materials Needed: Lining (solid color fabric) Pocket (printed fabric) Purse Feet Pellon Stabilizer Magnetic Closure Step 5…

Linen Safari Handbag


The upcycle Linen Safari Handbag, is pure joy!  Using a burlap curtain panel and paisley fabric remnants to create this pleated design, is  strictly dedicated to my neutral color purse fans.  After receiving the results from the “Color My Purse Beautiful” poll. I decided to create something in a neutral color.  I must admit that I like bold colors, but…

Royal Valentine Clutch


Introducing the “Royal Valentine Clutch”.  This is a great combination of upcycling a leather skirt and woven fabric from the Republic of Senegal in West Africa.   The fold over clutch with zipper and latch is so cute it’s not just for Valentine’s day, but for any day.  Let me know what you think of my newest creation.    …

Urban Summer


As you know this month I have been upcycling, recycling, and repurposing textiles to create purses/totes and wallets.  Well I have finally used some colorful fabric from Accra, Ghana and turquoise fabric I’ve had for years.  I think the combination is pretty cool, for a spring time and “Urban Summer” look.  Click on the pictures to enlarge them. Let me know what…