|The "before" version: a $2 Dollarama purse...|
This happened in the mountains, so the water that I landed in was actually very clean (not that it changed the outcome for my poor phone). Still, when I got home, I tossed the purse into the washing machine along with the rest of my clothes. It came out a bit worse for wear, with "fuzzies" around the edges. In the picture here you can see clearly how it's almost ragged across the top.
Even though this purse is kept out at our vacation home strictly for functional and non-fashionable purposes — such as quadding — I took a look at it a couple of months ago and thought, why don't I breathe some new life into it?
And here is the result of my "renew and redo" effort...
|My latest "upcycling" project...|
My plan was simple: strip the old purse of its hardware and redo it in waxcloth. (Those of you who are regulars here must be getting tired of seeing this particular piece of waxcloth being featured in yet another project! What can I say, I had a scrap just the right size and I don't like to waste. And fret not — I bought four metres of this so there is plenty more of it to use up in future projects... LOL!) It had a couple of great zippers on it and the adjustable strap was still in fine condition. Once I mowed through the bag with my seam ripper, I found that the pocket linings were also perfectly reusable.
|Taking everything apart and re-using and "re-doing"...|
As you can see, I disassembled it and then measured the basic pieces, reproducing them in the waxcloth. The original bag's body had a separate front and back panel, but I took the easy way out and cut one long piece, since the pattern on the waxcloth isn't directional.
You may be surprised by how easy it is to reproduce something when you have the opportunity to take it apart yourself. (I actually did this with a pair of old shorts a couple of summers ago... check out Nekane's post here for an excellent "how to" guide.) If you've never done that before, I suggest you try it. Head out to your nearest thrift shop or garage sale, pick up an old purse for next to nothing and then take it apart. For example, before I started, I wondered how easy the "covered" zippered front pocket would be to do; the whole process turned out to be a no-brainer once I had the pieces in my hand.
|Elements turn out to be not so hard when you have the chance to examine them in their "undone" state...|
The top recessed zipper? I actually haven't done anything like this since my first bag project, but given pieces to refer to, it was totally intuitive.
|Recessed zipper? Easy-peasy!|
Overall, this project took a lot less time than I expected (half a day of me working in slo-mo and being distracted by all sorts of things). And in the end, I was able to reuse most of the pieces again. I also intend to keep some of the original external vinyl; once it's trimmed of the fuzzy areas around the edges, it could be put to some other sort of repurposing.
|All pimped out and ready to go! (And no, that's not an attempted fussy cut, just a stroke of luck!)|
So am I thinking with this remade purse that the next time I throw myself into a water trap that I won't sacrifice my cell phone? (Well, I won't, since I've learned my lesson and my cell phone now travels in a completely waterproof triple zip-lock poly bag whenever I go "adventuring".) But... I do think that the properties of waxcloth made this the perfect solution for my "ReNew and ReDo" project.
What do you think? Does it inspire you in any way?