They say you are a redneck if you have more cowboy boots than sneakers.  So what are you called you if you make a gift from a cowboy boot?  ...strange? ...odd?  ...peculiar?

I found a used pair of cowboy boots in a free box that were too pretty to pass up.  While the size was wrong and the sole was shot, the upper leather section was still in great shape.  I snagged them knowing someday I'd find a great way to repurpose them.

With the addition of a matching belt and two links from a broken chain, a purse is born!

Step 1: Prepare the Upper Section of the Leather

  • Cut off the bottom portion of the boot where the shoe section begins.
  • Working with the plyable upper section, turn the the leather inside out so the decorative section is facing inward.
  • Flatten the upper leather section so curve of the machine seams/boot straps are on the side. 
  • Draw a straight line 3/4" across the cut section of the boot. 
  • Starting 3/4" from the end, mark the straight line at 1/4" intervals.
  • Place a wooden shim under the leather and clamp another along the line so it acts as a straight edge.
  • Drill through both pieces of leather until penetrating the bottom shim.
  • Carefully remove the bottom wooden shim and keep the clamps attached to the upper shim so the drilled holes remain aligned.
<p>Clever and funky upcycling! </p>
<p>Great instructions and a lovely gift. Thank you.</p><p>Happy New Year and make many wonderful things this year. Including money.</p>
Kudos. You and your purse would look stylish here at Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth.
Very nice design. <br>That is a really neat bit of up-cycling work.
Thanks. Boot uppers are just too pretty - even after the sole/heel is shoy.
I see a Redneck-made Christmas present in my friend's future. Nice work and great idea for reuse. <br> <br>Livingstrong
Excellent! Once you have your materials &amp; tools, it takes very little time to create. Just be sure to use a boot upper that is flexible. <br><br>If you like the way it turns out, consider voting for me in all 3 contests (Reuse / Redneck / Holiday gifts). Thanks!
My daughter would love that purse! Your pictures are amazing! <br>sunshiine
Thank you for your kind words!
Jerky! Definitely!

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