I have this super duper sweet co-worker named Mary. She’s one of those people who will do anything for anyone. She always has a smile on her face and an upbeat, happy personality, and she’s so fun to be around. She also has 3 gorgeous daughters, one of which went away to college this year. Though she’s really not that far away, I’m sure it feels like a million miles to her mama.
Anyway, Mary had asked me to keep an eye out for a UCF shirt when I was thrifting, so I could make a purse for her college girl. On my first attempt, no luck. Everything was football, basketball or specific event related, and I wanted to find something with just the name or college logo. On my second attempt, I scored!
With every purse, I improvise the shape based on the specific material used. That’s part of the creative challenge of upcycling! Here’s a shot of the newspaper pattern I made and used with this particular project:
And all the pieces:
Mary asked that I make the strap extra long, so her daughter could wear this purse across the body. That was another fun challenge! I wanted to do a decorative stitch along the edges of the strap in gold, to coordinate with the logo and school colors. However, my machine was being a pain in the you-know-what so it took me a long time to get it right. Overall, I think it turned out really cute! Here’s the inside, with shirt sleeve pockets:
And the completed purse:
I finished this one with a tie-closure, for a different look. Might use this more often, as it’s MUCH easier than dealing with magnetic snaps
I’m hoping Mary’s daughter will send a pic with the purse, and if she does I’ll post it on the bohoECO Facebook page!