I am not a purse person. All my life I have owned under 10 purses…….maybe. I try to carry one around and two months later it is on the shelf. I am a backpack girl or carry it all in one hand minimalist. Or at least I was until I came upon this particular purse a couple of months ago on a road trip. I used it a few times, but…….as usually that uncomfortable feeling set in. This purse just wasn’t “me”. But, I liked it and so I embarked on a DIY like no other. I thought this would be a quick fix, but countless hours later, I realized this was a doozy of a DIY. The fabric is some faux leather, but with no tag to tell what exactly it was I went and bought a few fabric dyes. The one I thought would work the best was a spray fabric dye, but was not made for water proof fabric. Frustrated and running out of ideas, I picked up my always loyal Sharpie…….and voila….perfect color. I know there must be better alternatives, but I was a girl on edge and finally with hope. I went out and bought several Sharpie pros, which are wear and water resistant……..and went to work. Several days later, yes……..days, lol…….I finally achieved the desired look I wanted as far as color. A couple more hours working with the odds and ends and finally, finally a purse I WILL use!! Although this project was time consuming, the end result is something that fits my comfort zone and I think I may just finally be able to carry my own things around! Thank you to my poor husband whom has endured such burdens as keys, phones, cameras, and whatever else I made him shove in his pockets over the years!
Gary, my little helper
Yes, I am crazy……lol…..and yes, the purse before would have been perfect……for someone else. I also put metal studs over the rivets and added smaller D rings in place of the larger oval rings that were there before. Then I put on some customized jewelry links with a braided band to add a touch of color. An added plus, the strap is great for making a cross over which makes it feel less like a purse. It may have been time consuming, but I finally can actually say I really like this purse……..and mean it!!