What does Craftster mean to me...it's a great way to express myself with my hands! (After quitting a job that required an excessive use of logic/left side of my brain, I now have the opportunity to explore my creative/right side and Craftster lets me document my growth!)
Whenever I'm at a garage sale, it's difficult for me to pass up cowboy boots that are only a few bucks. Who cares if they don't fit...the leather and decorative stitching is generally beautiful and by using a soft, well loved pair I'm going to show you how to repurpose a pair into a purse.
Using a rose pruner (or beefy scissors) I separated the calf section from the shoe section. I then cut the upper calf section (without loops!) of each to give me two flaps of leather.
Using binder clips to hold the two pieces of leather together, I then used a tiny drill bit to drill holes on the three raw edges of the flaps.
I then cut two 4" strips of pleather, to attach to each flap...one is for the outside bottom base and the other for the inside bottom base. Again using the binder clips to hold them in place along with the predrilled leather holes, I am able to handstitch one of the pleather strips to the leather...
...and handstitch the other pleather strip on the inside to act as support for the interior base. Likewise the sides were then clipped together and handstitched (using 6 strands of embroidery floss). Finally to give shape to the bottom, a box corner was formed and also handstitched in to place.
For the purse strap I used my sewing machine and sewed a 72" continueous (reinforced) strap and then placed it around 4 links that I had untwisted from a decorative chain. The links were then slipped into the bootstraps and twisted back to a closed position.
(Example of how the purse strap is created. Notice a section of cord is inside to provide support. Pleather is generally not very strong, but the nice thing is it can be stitched on a sewing machine. By having a cord running thru the inside, the strap will stay strong and support a lot of weight.)
When the purse was completed, I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty both the front and side of the purse appears. If you have any questions, I'll be glad to provide more info. Thanks for looking!