Upcycled Purse Tote from cargo pants, shoulderbag, small messenger bag

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Upcycled Purse Tote from cargo pants, shoulderbag, small messenger bag


This purse tote was made from the right hand side of a pair of well loved cargo pants. By using the cargo pants, the purse incorporates the front and rear pockets. You can use these to hold you phone, keys or anything you need to be able to access quickly. I lined the interior as well with a floral fabric that I believe was once a skirt. The lining also has a fusible interface added to it to give it a little extra strength. The strap and the flap closure are from a belt. The flap is also secured by a tab (formally one of the belt loops) and a snap. I embroidered a small flower on the front. The bottom has been squared off so that the bottom has a nicer finish then if I just sewed it closed.
This will definitely hold a tablet or kindle (well maybe not the large ipod ones). Plus your wallet and a few other items. This will definitely hold everything I carry everyday - wallet, camera, small water bottle, keys, phone, small journal/sketchbook and a couple of pens.

dimensions: exterior 12"h x 12"w x 2"d; the apex of the strap length is 21"L

Machine wash cold gentle cycle and in a laundry bag, tumble dry low

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

The idea how to make totes/purses from my old jeans and cargo pants from looking at what others are doing. But I needed to make sure I added my own twist to them.

Materials Used

Old cargo capri pants, floral fabric lining, interfacing and embroidered accent detail.

More Info

There is a lot of work put into these upcycled items. I don't just cut and sew up the seems. I remove a lot of the seems first plus add linings and other decorative accents to change it from a pair of pants made into a purse.

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Cotton, polyester

Size: 12"h x 12"w x 2"d

Pattern: Floral embellishment

Color: Purple

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United States
First Item: $ 5.00
Additional Items: $ 5.00


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In the case of damages due to shipping, items are shipped with insurance should any damage occur during shipping you will need to follow USPS guidelines for submitting a claim. I will do everything I can to make sure it will ship safely. Please be careful when opening the boxes as well. Do not open with sharp instruments less you damage the product inside.

If for some reason you are unhappy with the one of a kind items, please contact me to discuss your issue. I will consider taking a refund but I will not promise I will refund until we have discussed the issue. If a refund is decided upon, I will not refund shipping fees and will not issue a refund until the item has been returned.


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