Thrift Store Chic

June 15th

Bamboo handles, before

Bamboo handled totes are a perfect fashion note for summer. Last week, I decided to sew a few for girlfriends. With a few minutes to kill before a meeting, I headed into a thrift store to see if I could find any older bags with these handles to recycle for this project. Voila — a $3 find.

Ten minutes later, I’d cut this baby up for the handles, a zipper from an inside pocket and the magnetic clasp. Twenty minutes later, I had a new sweet berry bag to gift this week:

Summer bamboo handled bag

Summer bamboo handled bag

Summer bamboo handled bag

Bamboo handled bag

Recycling at its prettiest.


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18 Responses

  1. You are so awesome, what a cute bag. Hope you had a fabulous weekend.

  2. So pretty!

  3. Great summer bag! Is there a pattern you could share? And where did you get that fabric? I need to see if I can bribe my friend that sews into making one of these for me. Love it!

  4. Oh, it turned out so cute! What a great idea to reuse the zipper and clasp, too! You are so clever.

  5. Too adoarable! Great look and colors Kelli!

  6. Love it! It arrived today, and I am wearing green shorts! Matches perfectly. Rory loves the HOT PINK!!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  7. Great idea for refashioning! I’ve been hitting the thrift stores lately looking for big glass jars for terrariums. I’m going to start looking at the bags too!

  8. That is capital A – Adorable! 🙂 Good job Miss Kelli!

  9. Cute!Love the colors!!

  10. Talk about resourceful crafting !
    The result is really cute 🙂

  11. Ok, this one is totally cute!

  12. That’s fantastic! I wish I could be as crafty as you are!

  13. Green and green, very pretty.

  14. Tina in Duluth June 16, 2009

    Great idea!

  15. Love the upgrade of the handles!

  16. So Cute!!

  17. Aren’t thrift stores the most amazing craft resource? I love the idea of finding purse handles there. Your bag is quite cute and I love the strawberries print.

  18. What a cute summer bag. What thrift store did you go to? I may just have to make a trip there!