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.