Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Salvaged Bag


I am either super-thrifty or else just a total cheapskate.  I bought this chocolate brown suede Ann Taylor Loft bag at the thrift store the other day for something like seven dollars, and came home feeling like a genius until I got home and opened it up all the way and noticed that it had along the way been the unfortunate victim of a pen explosion:


There were the sequential moments, then, of me saying, “Aw, jeeeez,” and the dark, bitter realization of knowing why the bag had been at the thrift store, followed by the wondering whether it would bother me to have big ink blobs on the lining of my new bag, and me trying to convince myself that the blobs were on the inside and nobody would ever know they were there, and then me knowing that I would know they were there and that I would be endlessly bugged by it, and then, finally, me figuring out a way to salvage this bag through the Magic of Crafting.

I turned the lining to the outside and cut open the side seam so I could get my hand in there [yuck.  Why is that yucky?  I don’t know, but it is] and then I hand-appliqued little patches from my scraps basket over each ink blob.


I don’t know what it is about doing this that gives me the creeps, but I couldn’t wait to sew it shut again.  Anyhoo.


There!  So much better.  And now it’s crafty, too, which is, as you know, my favorite thing ever.  I tucked a cotton ball dosed with a few drops of lavender essential oil into the pocket and waited, and overnight, this bag became brand new again.  That is magic. 


  1. Again you have made something just perfect. I love it.
    Have a great day,

  2. Looks great, I like the cheerful patches you used; fresh and fun. Have a great day Kristen. Heather

  3. There is something grungy about that space between the lining and the purse. I feel that way when reaching my hand between the couch cushions, then I realize it needs a good vacuum. This is a fab idea, I love the patches, and the lining is PINK! (extra cuteness) Now I'll be looking at bags in the Thrift store with a different eye.

  4. That is such a great idea! I love little patches :)

  5. Oh, I love it! that's something i would do! So glad to know there are other people like me out there! =) What a find, by the way - give yourself a little pat on the back!

  6. You are a crafty genius. Love it.

  7. Blimey, you're clever.
    Like the tip about lavender oil on cotton wool to freshen it up, too.

  8. you are a genius!!!
    xxxx Alessandra

  9. ~thud~

    my very favoritiest color combo ever in the Whole Wide World is Chocolate brown and Just So Pink

    I am eternally jealous of your find!

    and the patches are just too dang sweet! I love it!

  10. what a great idea and it turned out so cute.

  11. I know what you mean about those creepy inner spaces on purses! Great fix to a "yucky" problem! It turned out really nice! :)

  12. Nice job! Otherwise it would have been a pity to toss it away since it is a GREAT bag!

  13. Thrifty and super cute. Win-win!

  14. That is a brilliant idea! Too cute. Have a fab weekend hon. Enjoy your gorgeous new bag!

  15. Very smart and a fabulous idea! I might have gone a different way and made things more complicated,I would have ripped it all out and start over..but you were so clever and ta da.....supper cute!!