A couple years ago, I took an old Kirby vacuum from my husband’s aunt’s estate. The 30lb hunk of metal didn’t work, so naturally I put it out to the curb for the scrap metal hounds. But…not before I clipped off the sturdy, fashionable felt fabric bag cover.
What else could a recycling gal do but make a pretty handbag. Okay, I could probably come up with a bunch of uses for this industrious fabric, but a handbag is something I knew I’d use.
Along with the vacuum cleaner bag, I added some retro bias tape – also from dead aunt’s estate – and leather that I scrapped from a beat leather coat.
I cut some strips off the Kirby bag to use as handles; made a leather pocket (strategically placed over a worn spot in the Kirby bag); sewed a leather bottom; and trimmed what I could with the bias remnant.
Skip to the library, my darling!