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From vest to cute News Years purse!

Updated on December 27, 2011


Hello! So today I was going through my closet finding things I wanted to update or send to goodwill for the holiday charities. As we are all aware New Years is coming up and millions will be celebrate the new coming year with family and friends. I wanted to make something cute and creative for the celebrations. I came across an old vest I bought at a garage sale this past summer. While cute and sparkly I didn't realize my shoulders were too broad for it to fit me properly. But never fear! I will turn this cute thrifty find into a chic purse.

Original Vest

Here's the vest I bought, covered in sequins and already lined it was perfect to turn into a little bag.
Here's the vest I bought, covered in sequins and already lined it was perfect to turn into a little bag.

Keep in mind you can probably find a vest or even a sequin shirt at your local goodwill, salvation army, or even local garage sales. Save yourself the money and pass on buying expensive purses and shirts at chain stores. It is fun to discover an awesome find at a thrift store. I only a paid a dollar for this vest at a garage sale.

First step

The first step I took was to put the vest face down and while I tried to remove the original stitching with a seam ripper it didn't work out so I simply used scissors. I just cut along the line of stitching to remove the shoulder fabric. Repeat for the other side. :D

Carefully remove the tag with a seam ripper, but just use it on the thread. Don't poke holes into the fabric.

I chose to cut my fabric into a rectangular shape, but you can choose to make whatever shape you want the base of your bag to have. Next I put my nice sides together and pinned around leaving an opening for the top of the purse.

Sew around at 5/8 it is marked on the sewing machine for those not super familiar with sewing machines.

Here's my 5/8 just for guidance
Here's my 5/8 just for guidance

Now to ensure the corners of the bag come out properly I chose to pink the edges. Careful not to cut where you have stitched. Next fold about 1/2 in to 1 in of fabric to make the outside of the purse have pretty lines instead of a raw edge at the top. Pin it all around in place to prepare for sewing. Sew around the top edge and remove pins as you go. Once completed right side out to view your work! Now I decided to use some left over Mardi Gras beads as my handle, but you can use old or broken necklaces, belt, etc I chose the silver Mardi Gras beads because it was what I had laying around and was equally shiny. I hand sewed the beads into place and to give the bag some stability I did a diagonal stitch to give the bag some stability along where the beads were placed. I also hand sewed a snap on the inside of the bag to make it close, but of course you could do a zipper or whatever you'd like.

Also you are perfectly welcome to add something to stiffen the bag up and then add a lining, but because i have a thick wallet I chose not to, because it was unnecessary. HA! I always carry this monstrous wallet. There you have it though a cute chic purse to bring in the New Year!

Looking forward to bringing you some cute ideas in the New Year!
Looking forward to bringing you some cute ideas in the New Year!


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    • everythingdazzles profile image

      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Definitely give it a try! It is super easy. When I made this I was a beginner at sewing. Everyone loves my bag and I always get asked questions about it.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      What a cute, sparkly purse!! This makes me want to go to Goodwill to see if I can find a sequined piece to turn into a cute little bag. I love stuff like this.. you did such a great job with it! Thank you for sharing how you did it :)

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      lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      This has me inspired, yet I don't think I could sew a straight line. You are brilliantly creative! Voted useful and awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Janelle 6 years ago from Houston

      Thanks so much! Don't be afraid to sew. I just learned how to do it a couple of months ago.

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      Elsie Nelson 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Wow... I'm so impressed! I have a total fear of sewing, but this might almost be enough to motivation to face it head on. Great hub... voted for it in the hubnuggets competition.

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      Sherry Hewins 6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Now that's recycling. Congratulations on your Hub Nugget nomination.

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      Janelle 6 years ago from Houston

      Thanks so much @ripplemaker! I am very grateful and excited to be nominated. I received the email today. :) Thank you everyone for your support!

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This proves to me time and time again how wonderful it is to allow our creativity to shine! Amazing! Thanks for this.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, the joys of owning a sewing machine! The purse you've created is adorable!

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      Sarah Carlsley 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Love your creativity and reuse of the vest. So clever!

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Super purse and excellent instructions. Thank you.

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      Janelle 6 years ago from Houston

      Thanks for reading you guys! I loved making this purse and I loved wearing it even more. As soon as I headed out for New Years numerous people complimented my bag! Enjoy making your own creations. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great idea. I hate to throw anything away that I can find a use for. The way you've explained how to make this purse with all the pictures makes it quite easy to follow. Welcome to HubPages.

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      JIN1128 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub!! I love purses especially ones people make themselves because it's one of a kind.

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      KathyH 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Great hub, and a terrific way to re use an item! Voted up and very useful! :)

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      I love doing projects like this! It's so rewarding to take something that was headed for the trash pile and make something cute and useful from it.

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      Jason Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      You could turn this skill into a potentially money-making business for sure :D

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      Mishael Austin Witty 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Very cute! Wish I was that talented! :-)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Really nice idea--looking forward to the other ones you promise us at the end! :)

      This turned out well. Thanks for sharing your project!

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      Mary 6 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Very cute looks like something I would do.I made a purse out of a lace curtain lol,women and our purse's.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      WOW! That is too awesome! Wonderful hub-voted it up. Thank you so much for sharing, now I will do the same with my list of followers.Great instructions.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh My Gosh! This is so brilliant and thanks for the step by step...well, steps. I so want to get my creative juices flowing once again and I love unique things, like in 'everything should have a history or great story.'

      Great hub, thanks and rated up!