purse revamp

if you saw me at blissdom, you saw this bag.
i carried it everywhere with me to hold all my loot.
i bought the bag plain from target for about 12 bucks.
love a good deal!
buuut, it needed a bit more.
a little more color.
a little more oomph.
are you with me?
so i grabbed a stack of fabric and played around with it until i found the perfect combo of colors and patterns.
i cut 2 strips of fabric in varying widths, and at least twice the height of my bag,
and finished their edges with a zigzag stitch.  my strips were about 2 inches and 4 inches wide.
then i set my machine on its loosest tension and largest stitch length (aka a basting stitch) and ran a stitch down the center of the 2 strips of fabric, the narrower strip on top of the wider strip.
next i pulled the basting stitch until my fabric was ruffled to just a little longer than the height of my bag.
then i ran the ruffled fabric back through the machine, tension set to normal and stitch length normal,
creating 2 stitches near each edge of the top ruffle.
then it was time to add it to the bag,
but i knew i didn’t want the hassle of sewing it on.
so i got out my best friend, the glue gun.
i turned under the bottom edge of the ruffle,
glued it down and just kept gluing and pressing the ruffle until i got near the top.
after i glued a couple inches at a time i rubbed the fabric hard to make sure that it stuck really well to the purse fabric.
edited to add:  after over a year of use now, it hasn’t loosened up a bit.
the top edge is angled a bit since it was near the handle,
so i just tucked the top edge of the ruffle under at an angle and glued it down.
easy peasy.
then i whipped up a few monster sized posies and glued them on.
i totally could’ve made them removable by adding pins backs to them,
but i was lazy and already had the glue out.
i am *thrilled* with how this quick little revamp went.
you could totally do it, too.
just make yourself a ruffle, slap it on an old bag with glue,
pin on a pile of posies or petal pushers, and you’re good to go!

or you could hop on over to my shop and grab one for yourself!


  1. 1
    Mommy Message says:

    Cute!!! & no I could not totally do that..I wish… My DH is the sewer in the family. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2

    LOVE it!
    (there is also a 'ruffler foot' you can buy for your sewing machine — makes the ruffle for you – but maybe you knew that LOL)

  3. 3
    jodi @ back40life says:

    love, love, love that ruffle! so stinkin cute!

  4. 4

    i have a really similar plain pink beach bag like your yellow one! i should totally dress it up! thanks for the great idea!! it's soo super adorable!

  5. 5
    blue corduroy says:

    AND it's golden yellow! looks great!

  6. 6

    I'm new around here but HAD to say… I just bought that bag yesterday at Target and I'm crazy about it! Plus: only $12?! :)

    I also just started learning how to sew, and like any girl, absolutely love ruffles. Thanks for the idea, I may just try it!

  7. 7
    Empty Nest Full Life says:

    Great bag! Jackie

  8. 8
    Out in the Fields says:

    What a delightful transformation!

  9. 9

    Clever idea! I love it!

  10. 10


  11. 11
    Laryssa Herbert says:

    It was adorable!

  12. 12

    OK…that is SOOOOOOOOO cute and I SOOOOOOOOOOOOO wish I could do that but I seriously have to use my glue gum to get buttons back on shirts.

    But I would so buy the first one you sell and totally give you free advertising!!?!?!?!?!?!

    sounds like a good plan to me!


  13. 13
    Kristen Andrews says:

    very cute love it, very eye catching I love it!

  14. 14
    the thrifty ba says:

    you dont realize this, but it is almost my birthday. that would be the most wonderful gift!(yes, i know weve never met, but what a great way to meet someone for the first time…with a gift!!)

  15. 15
    twolittletots says:

    really, really cute. i might just have to do that for a bag to take on vacation in a few weeks…thanks for the great idea!

  16. 16


  17. 17
    Catherine @ A Spirited Mind says:

    Wow, that's so cute! I may need to go to Target and try the ruffle thing for myself!

  18. 18

    I LOVE that! What an awesome idea and so easy! It never occurred to me to just glue something on! Brilliant!

  19. 19
    justtherightangle says:

    this is too adorable!! great work. i've been wanting to get a few posies- this would be a perfect project!

  20. 20

    I love this, love the color combo & great spring-y purse!

  21. 21
    Megan @ Megity's Handmade says:

    Um, ADORABLE! I can't believe you hot glue gunned it. That's awesome!

  22. 22

    genius. I'm going to Target…tomorrow.

  23. 23
    SoBella Creations says:

    What a great transformation!!

  24. 24

    Me again. I had some free time today so I gave this a shot. I loved the result so much I posted pictures on my blog! Wanted to let you know in case you were interested. :)

    Thanks again for the great idea!

  25. 25
    I Love Pretty Little Things says:

    WOW! Soooo creative and Soooo cute! You are an inspiration! :) Can I copy?

  26. 26
    Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} says:

    Lindsey, that bag is FABulous! Loved the color of the bag already, and the ruffle + posies are a perfect "oomph" to make it SO fun. I love it!

    P.S. Thanks for the hot glue tip – I didn't know it would work on fabric like that. I think I need to befriend my glue gun a little more! ;)

  27. 27

    Love it! I've got to remember that.
    Monster Posey's are awesome!

  28. 28
    Maggie S says:

    The bag just went on sale(in my region). I have been watching if for three months…

  29. 29

    These purses are on sale at Target this week!!!

  30. 30
    Mandy - Crafty Angel says:

    stunning! everything is just so beautiful!

  31. 31

    I loved your bag at Blissdom. Adorable!

  32. 32

    SO so cute. I love it. I bought a striped bag from Walmart the other day to do a little revamp to. It's so nice to have something unique!

    Love it!


  33. 33
    The Girlie says:

    This is such a clever idea! Looks like I'll have to get some posies and try it out…well done!

  34. 34
    Mel Tales says:

    GIRL! I am SO loving that! Great job.

  35. 35
    Michelle @ Sweet Something says:

    What an awesome project! Great job!!!

  36. 36
    Mrs. Blimes says:

    Agh! I LOVE this! You are so stinkin talented lady! I heart your blog! Been silently reading for a while and finally wanted to come out and say "Hi! And you basically rock." :0)

  37. 37
    Sweet Tangerine says:

    Hello! I am new to your blog…and absolutely LOVE what you have done with this tote! I might just have to copy you….I have a khaki canvas bag that is begging for a little pick me up. Great idea!

  38. 38

    Do cute!!! I love the way it personalized your bag!


  39. 39

    Came from Idea Room. This is a great remake. New to your site, and now I am sure I will be addicted. Now I need to assess all my old bags!

    Just Another Day in Paradise

  40. 40

    GORGEOUS! LOL — I recognized the bag before you stated where you bought it. . . now I wish I'd purchased one!

    Btw, I shared your tutorial link and blog link on MY blog . . .so others could see the cuteness!


Speak Your Mind