Fringe-spiration: DIY Fringe Purse

Monday, July 2, 2012

Okay so you all know, or should know that I love the fringe trend right now! Everywhere I look I am seeing gorgeous accessories, shoes and clothing made out of fringe!! I am a little jealous however, because I personally do not own much with fringe. I bought a swim suit but that's it. I saw a darling Steve Madden fringe bag at Ross a few weeks ago, but didn't buy it because it was white (and I didn't need another white bag). Then, I see Megan from The Frugalista Diaries with the exact same bag in Camel. Serious fringe envy!

So naturally what I do (or try to do) is create whatever I'm missing in my closet. If you can't buy it, try to make it (a motto I just made up)! I had a hair brained idea that I could make my own fringe handbag. It isn't Steve Madden, but it is a Tori Thompson creation, so how about that?!?

What you'll need:
Old purse
Scrap leather (or other fabric that won't fray)
Liquid Stitch
Hot glue gun
Brass thumb tacks
Wire cutters

I had some scrap leather laying around from a skirt I shortened and then I picked up this very simple black purse from the thrift store for $5.99

I took a ruler and tried to mark every 1/2 centimeter on the fabric. Just so you know, when you are cutting strips this narrow, it gets a little rough to be exact. I kinda winged it. My fringe looks a little more "organic" :D

Here it is, after I finished cutting the panel of leather. My strips are not perfect, but you really can't tell when I'm wearing it.


After you fringe your fabric, you'll need to attach it to your purse. I love Liquid Stitch, I seriously use it for everything! It is permanent and dries clear!

I put a small amount of glue across the top edge. I didn't want to put too much and have it spill out the edges. If you find spots that need more after you attach it, you can always add a little extra glue.

Then simply attach! Make sure you line it up straight and it will take 12-24 hours to dry completely.

Next, the bling! I didn't just want a plain black fringe bag, I wanted a little more spunk! I had a box of brass thumb tacks in my house that I thought would look great on my bag. I took the wire cutters and cut off the tack part so they were just little metal discs. I then took my hot glue gun and began applying them in a line across the top. You can use the Liquid Stitch for this part too, but the hot glue dries faster.

Check out the finished product!! Can you even tell that this is a DIY?  I think this is one of my favorite DIY's to date!! What do you think?

P.S. Here is Megan's purse that I wanted.

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Megan, said...

i seriously love yours more, let's trade ;)
Xo Megan

Rhea Bue | Styles and Writes said...

cool!! :D love how your bag looked after!! :D
I wanna try to do this too <3

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Anonymous said...

Very cool DIY!! And easy too. I love fringe and it can give such a fun hippie look to any outfit! <3


Pins, Needles & Fashion said...

This is such an amazing DIY!I've been obsessed with fringe bags and yours came out absolutely perfect.

Unknown said...

Woow!verry nice bag!Cool!Thanks for the lovely commnet on my blog!X

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Clara Turbay said...

i love what you do here.

Life's a shoe said...

wow this is an awesome DIY! love the studs

Oanh said...

you are so creative :)

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oomph. said...

This is such a fun idea, and you make it look so easy!

Danielle Wallace said...

Ooooh I'm totally doing this! There's always a ton of plain clutches at thrift stores, and now you've given me an idea of what to do with them! I love your style and your blog, and thanks for following mine :)

<3 Danielle

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