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Topic: Repurposed Cowboy Boot  (Read 52773 times)
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« on: August 07, 2013 10:01:47 AM »

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! Cheesy
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013 10:16:55 AM »

This looks really cool... Grin

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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013 10:21:51 AM »

What a neat project!
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013 11:00:42 AM »

Awesome project!  Love the purse!
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013 12:13:44 PM »

Very cool!
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013 01:43:27 PM »

Hey, they (that) came out great! Nice job. Betcha no one has one like it.

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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013 06:03:49 PM »

I like the way you think!  This is fantastic!

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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2013 10:23:34 AM »

This is SOOOO awesome! I love it!

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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2013 07:17:07 AM »

Impressed.  Shocked
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2013 01:12:09 PM »

I haven't seen one like this before and this one is the best. 

I've just seen the ones that are made from the boot top itself and to me that is rather small for a purse.  This seems like it would be a nice size purse.

It not only looks better than the single boot shaft purses, but a much better size as well!!!

Way to go!!!


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