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Handmade Purse: Upcycled from a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Bag Cover

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!

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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One Response to Handmade Purse: Upcycled from a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner Bag Cover

  1. TheSewingLoft April 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    I love it! Great job. You would never know that it was headed to the curb.

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