Monday, August 9, 2010

What Can I Make from a Dollar Tree Handbag?

While browsing the Dollar Tree the other day I came across these cute pleather? handbags. While I thought they were kinda cute all I was thinking about was getting home and tearing this bag apart to make some fun things. So today I  have the tutorial for the first item I made with this bag.

To start out you need to deconstruct the handbag. I used a seam ripper to rip out all of the seams and here is what I ended up with

A pile of pleather and a zipper and handles.

First thing I wanted to try was making a headband from one of the handles. Only thing extra you will need for this is elastic, sewing machine and glue gun.

Wrap the handle around the head of the person that you are making the headband for. Measure and cut the amount of elastic you will need to add to the headband for it to fit around the head.

Place each end of elastic in each end of the handle

Sew the elastic in place with either a zig zag stitch or a straight stitch, m
making sure to go back and forth for a strong hold.

I decided to add a little bird to my headband so I cut out a template I googled from the pleather.

I used some acrylic paint and painted some flowers and some stitches on my bird. You could just leave it.

I attached the bird to the headband using my hot glue gun. And yes I even got paint on my hands!

Cute don't ya think?

Even if her hair is kinda messy.

Come back and see what else I make from the Dollar Tree Handbag.

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Beverly @ said...

Ok, how clever are you??? This little headband is so cute! I love the way you dressed it up. Can't wait to see what you do next!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party this week!

Terrell said...

This is seriously the cutest!!! I've got to make my daughter one! I have that purse for her to tote around in just about every color..ha! I am happy to be your newest follower and would love to have you as a new friend at FrouFrouDecor!
~Terrell @ FFD~

Meghan said...

How adorable is that!

Jill said...

Beautiful headband - great idea! Just came over from Tutorial Tuesday.

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

peggy aplSEEDS said...

that's a great idea!

Brooke said...

Very cute idea! It looks great! Thanks for sharing.

Leslie said...

omg!! You are something else!! I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the bag.
Love the headband!!!

Happy wednesday

Sassy Sites! said...

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Denise Marie said...

wow, that is amazing

Roeckers said...

Wow very creative!!

Regina Moore said...

Very creative and super-cute! Makes me want to hit the Dollar Tree!

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

How cute! I love the painted on stitches. I've got to go to the dollar store!


Rachelle said...

Very cute & very clever! Visiting from Night Owl Crafting link party.

Rachelle S.

Gail said...

All your ideas amending handbag pleather to cute items is the dictionary definition of originality and metamorphasis.


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