DIY Ideas for Purses and Bags

You don’t have to spend a lot just to get a unique purse. With these DIY ideas, you can create a bag that is uniquely your own!

Floral Satchel

floral satchel bag

What You Need:

  • Handbag
  • Floral pattern cloth
  • Small plastic dishes, 2 pieces
  • Brushes, 2 pieces
  • Painter’s tape
  • Craft paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors

floral satchel


  1. Protect the hardware and embellishments of your bag with painter’s tape.
  2. Squeeze craft paint on a small plastic dish. Use a brush to apply paint to the area you want to redesign.
  3. Let the coat dry before applying another 1-2 layers of paint.
  4. Cut desired floral designs from the fabric.
  5. Apply the designs to the bag and cover with mod podge.
  6. Let the appliques dry. Remove the protective tape before using your newly-designed bag.

diy floral bag

Sequin Purse

If you have time to sew, then you should take on this laborious yet rewarding sequin purse.

gold sequin clutch

What You Need:

  • Sequined Thread
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Fabric
  • Pencil

gold sequin purse


  1. Draw pattern stencils on the fabric. Choose a design that suits you most.
  2. Use a needle and thread to anchor your sequined thread to the starting point.
  3. Follow the stencil with the sequined thread, using your needle and thread to secure the embellishments as needed.
  4. Once the stenciled fabric has been populated, sew the edges to create smoother ends.
  5. Sew the fabric together to create a flap purse. Add a magnetic clasp or other closure material as needed.

sequin purse

Sweater Bag

Got a sweater that you don’t use anymore? Make it more purposeful by transforming it into a bag.

diy brown sweater bag
What You Need

  • Old sweater (or shirt)
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pins

diy sweater bag


  1. Cut the sleeves, as well as a few inches of fabric at the end of the top.
  2. Take the trimmed top and arrange it in such a way that the sleeves are placed on top of each other. These sleeves will now serve as the handles of the bag.
  3. Attached the cut fabric to the end of the sweater. Secure both ends with pins.
  4. Sew both ends to fasten the ‘base’ of the bag.
  5. Use the extra fabric or other embellishments to decorate the bag.

sweater bag

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