Many thrift trips ago, I came across this bold blue genuine leather skirt. Price tag – $5.99. Downside – there was some wear in back by the closures. Bummer. But, I couldn’t just leave this beauty hanging there. Thrift tip #273 – if you see a great piece that can be refashioned, take a chance and go for it.
Before I started cutting up the skirt, I did a little research and found some pretty good leather diys. The first thing that I wanted to do with the blue leather was to create a new flap for this tan leather bag. (Color blocking isn’t going away just yet!)
I traced the flap onto a piece of the leather using a white crayon. (Notice how I lined up the detail from the skirt?) The only part left to this diy is to reconstruct the flap. I’ll be saving that part for my local leather shop. But, I think when I get it back, I might paint part of the blue in a third color…maybe white. Still got time to think about that though. (By the time I actually do finish this bag, it’ll be ready for spring.)
For the second and third diy projects, I took a little inspiration from the lovely Anna at IHOD. She created these amazing leather necklaces a while back. And you know what? These two above were very simple to make! (I used chain from unworn necklaces and a hot glue gun as the adhesive.)
For the final diy, I added a little fringe to a pair of earrings. Instead of using a pair of scissors to cut the leather like in the other projects, I used an x-acto knife to get a cleaner cut.
I’ll have to show a picture of the earrings in action. I did trim them down a bit from this last pic. They’re definitely a party pair of earrings…not one that I’d wear everyday. Still fun though!
Have you been into your own diy projects recently? What are you working on?