Sunday, 6 October 2013

Kelli's Altered Couture Cure Bag.

Of late I have been in refashioning wilderness and have not been in a position to be creative. A couple of weeks ago Charlotte rang me to say that Kelli loved my Anthropologie style bag (as seen below) 

and was interested in having a tote made for her. I sort of put it on the back burner but I did have a shopper tote in mind that I could use. I now would like to announce that I have emerged from my creative wilderness and found my cure through this altered couture project. 
I found this shopper tote in a thrift store and paid a couple of dollars for it. It is obvious that it was originally a gift with purchase probably from a department store. While I like the colours in the bag, I dislike the has to go.

This is vintage lace that I found in one of my favourite thrift stores yesterday. This is just a small part of what I found sealed in a bag, which I paid $1.50 for. In this project I will use the top bit of lace.

Another thrift store find going back a few months. Someone must have got a whizz bang sewing machine and put it to good use. I found a box of these sample patches and I picked out the ones that I liked the most. 

Leftover plastic type fabric leaves from another project. These are just what I need.

Thrift store fabrics. I think that I am going to use the bottom one called Country Floral.

At this point I have started to put all the elements together. There is no right or wrong with this work flow. You just keep adding stuff where you think it will fit. Note the beautiful floral braiding which I purchased new(but it is seconds stock) from a Paper Emporium.

Hey is your bag. Surprise!

In the far right corner you will see the pretty blue bird is frolicking through the leaves which disguise the branding.

Kelli's Altered Couture Cure Bag.


  1. Ooooh....I love all your finds!! Welcome back from the wilderness!! Super, super cool couture bag!!

  2. Thanks Sarah. I love working with what I find. I used to sew from scratch, but I find the refashioning/upcycling process more interesting and challenging.