A Soft Supple Leather Purse From an Old Couch!

You maybe sitting on your next purse! That cracking ugly leather couch maybe reincarnated into your dream purse. Here are some simple steps to help you make multiple purses from a couch, love-seat or your ex's leather jacket... 

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Step 1: Harvest the Couch or Leather Item

Grab a cutting utensil and safely cut the leather off the couch. Peel away the supple leather and separate the good leather into a pile. Save the zippers and hardware for your purse.  Waste not, right? 

Step 2: Find a Perfect Pattern

Look at your local fabric stores, online or ask your sewing friends for a bag pattern. Once you find that perfect pattern lay out your leather and place the pattern pieces atop the uncut leather. Make sure you have enough leather for THAT pattern. Double check you have enough before you cut it out!!!

Tip: If searching for patterns online try searching "free handbag pattern" or "free clutch bag"

Step 3: Sew It Up

Sew up your purse and rejoice in a truly one of a kind purse. You may have a hard time convincing people where it came from...

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is a super idea. Thanks for sharing. An old, Huge bean bag was given to me. It's made of a mock leather---( think it's vinyl ) Sure this will also do the trick. Hope so anyway. Also plan to make some stuffed toys for underprivileged children with the rest.

    Thanks. This was my first instructable sewing project! I took your advise and photographed the whole process of making my wedding dress. Please check it out: https://www.instructables.com/id/Upcycled-Dream-Wedding-Dress/?ALLSTEPS