17.11.10

KILIM DIY



I bought this Junior Drake bag off Ebay a few months ago (it was super cheap because the leather was rather ragged in spots) but upon arrival I wasn't really in love with it (photos above are from a current Ebay listing for the same style bag).
Well, all that has now changed ! . . . . Some time last year I thrifted a coat that had a horrible fit (big and boxy) but was made of insanely beautiful "kilim" style woven Turkish rug material. I bought it because I knew I wanted to make pillows with it (which i did and will post photos of soon) and I ended up with extra material leftover.

I cut and sewed pieces to the "blankish" spots on the bag and then dyed the leather bag a rich dark brown with Angelus brand leather dye (amazing products). The bag didn't have its original strap when i bought it so i used another bag's strap and dyed it to match. . . I then sewed a little fur sleeve to fit over the strap for comfort.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hell yeah! Well conceived and with a kickass execution! Upgrades the bag about a zillion percent....soooo cute now....

reid.damnit said...

wow-ness, looks amazing!

mydearthing. said...

A+

Let's Bolt said...

are you kidding me? so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

beyond cool!

Miss M said...

impressive diy skills, excellent work!

Miss M

Liz said...

Good project Molly - love the outcome!

STEPHANIE said...

great blog!
hope you can check mine out
http://le-passerelle.blogspot.com/

Arlie said...

I am impressed by you lady!!!

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

One of the most impressive diy's I've ever seen. How much would you charge for one of these??

Olivia said...

that bag is incredible! I thought you purchased it! Wow

jelizarose said...

very very nice !

DON'T FORGET THE 'Y' said...

so resourceful lady! well done. and where the heck are you?? I'm jealous when people's surroundings look like this. I'd have to drive three hours and go up a hill and through a valley to get anywhere like this.

CHRISTERIC said...

jeeesus amazing job on that bag i love it!

emery ruth said...

This is remarkable! I shared it with my readers at refindrebel.com

asha said...

Wow, I'm really impressed! This is just gorgeous x

Martha said...

Looks so cool, love the fur strap. M X

Sherrie Cola said...

I want it!! Do one to sell?

heylila said...

OMG a perfect bag!!!

bisous,
mia

miss scarlet said...

amazing diy...perfectly executed, respect!! do one to seel for real :)

miss scarlet
www.cluecult.com

ByeByeSoccerMom said...

This is unbelievable! I'm speechless. Wow!!!!

jessica summer said...

crafty and genius!!!

ge said...

This is really nice, a great upgrade of a classic-looking bag. How did you sew the fabric? By hand? I always find it quite hard to sew through leather, are you using any specific needles?