49-Cent Friday Refashion: Leather Owl Purse

Hiya!

Can you believe that Christmas is only 47 days away? EEK!!!

My family started a tradition (quite a few years ago) of making most of our gifts for Christmas.

The point was not only to save money (although that was a big plus!), but also to force us all to put more thought into the gifts we give each other.

I don’t know about you, but for me, I personally prefer handmade gifts over store-bought ones. There’s just something about knowing that the person giving you the gift took the time (and talent) to create something just for you.

With that in mind, I decided to get started on my gift-making by refashioning something my daughter has been hinting about wanting for a while now.

Luckily for me, this gift consists of all scraps!

I started with some leather scraps from my leather pants refashion, a zipper from my Easter skirt refashion, and some felt scraps and buttons.

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

Hmm, what are we gonna do with these?

I trimmed a large scrap of leather to a 7″ by 13″ rectangle.

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

Cutting it down to size…

I thought it would be easier to attach the zipper before sewing the sides of the purse, so I grabbed some paperclips to keep the zipper in place before sewing it down…

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

Clipping on the zipper.

Once it was perfectly in place, I stitched it down on one side…

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

Stitchin’ on the zipper.

…and then the other side…

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

Whirrrr

After the zipper was securely attached, I clipped the sides together…

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

Sides clipped and ready to be stitched.

And then ran them through my machine…

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

Stitching the sides.

Looking good ‘eh?

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

Almost done! :)

Now here comes the fun part!
I grabbed my felt stash and cut out all the pieces I needed (and grabbed some buttons too)…

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

After a considerable amount of consideration on how to attach all of these pieces to the leather purse, I decided to try out this stuff I purchased a while ago, but hadn’t yet tried out…
Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

It’s spray glue. Fun! The bottle did specifically name leather as one of the things that the adhesive would work on, so I thought, “Why not give it a try?”

I grabbed a couple of bricks to hold the felt down while it dried…

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

All in all I was happy with how well the glue worked. It did have a bad smell, but it wasn’t too overwhelming, and my hands were covered in sticky glue residue, but other than that, I was impressed.

Oh and I learned that baby oil (or mineral oil) works amazingly well at removing glue residue from skin!

After the glue was completely dry, this is how it looked…

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

My daughter really likes owls (and purses), so I can’t wait for her to see this nifty gift.

Have you begun your Christmas shopping (or making) yet? 

Which do you prefer, store-bought or homemade gifts?

Have a great weekend! :)

~Jen

Refashioned Leather Owl Purse | Diary of a MadMama

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28 thoughts on “49-Cent Friday Refashion: Leather Owl Purse

    • Uh-oh! Good point! ;) I’ve told the kids to stop reading my blog until after Christmas. I might not be able to share with you about gifts I plan to make for my husband however, until after Christmas, because he helps me out with my blog a lot. :/

  1. Super cute, Jen!! Great job! My family is much the same- we been making gifts pretty much as far back as I can remember. It is a toss up some years though- I love a good book and music, and you just can’t make those. ;P But in general, I agree that homemade is best, a tangible way to see love and time.

    • Thanks Desarae!
      I feel the same way about kitchen and sewing gadgets, (like my kitchen aid mixer or my food processor, and I have been really wanting a serger this year. You just can’t make those). We’ve started having the kids make each other gifts and it’s really fun to see how creative and how much hard work they put into not only trying to think of something the other person would really like, but also making the thing. We still purchase gifts for our kids, but now that they’re getting older, they prefer fewer, more expensive gifts (gadgets). So it’s fun to supplement with homemade stuff.

  2. That is so darn cute! I used to make all my Christmas gifts, but haven’t done as much in recent years. Last year I made tri-fold cards using scrapbooking software, photos from my garden of the Cosmos and then attached little seed packets from the Cosmos I grew. It was so much fun. I wish I had more time. I love your family tradition.

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