As my collection of vintage bags refuses to stop growing I made myself promise that I wouldn’t allow any more funky old purses to leap into my cart at the thrift shop until I mended and refashioned the ones still lurking in my stash from Germany.
Grab my 2 easy ways to recover a vintage bag strap and never leave a pretty purse with a sorry looking strap behind again!
How adorable is that little vintage bag now? Here’s the simple fix(es):
My first thought was groovy rainbow yarn!
I knotted the end around and through the strap rings then started tightly wrapping the yarn around the strap.
Once the strap was about a quarter of the way covered I decided I wasn’t super thrilled with the colours after all and unwrapped it all – although I’ll most certainly keep this method in mind for future projects!
I hunted through my vintage border and ribbon stash and found the adorable embroidered specimen above + some matching thread and a needle.
As the border was wide enough to wrap and handstitch around the strap that’s exactly what I did!
S o M u c h B e t t e r !
A few coats of nail polish took care of the rusted bits on the back of the purse clasp.
I’m thinking this will be a springtime fave!
hmmm, but what about those pretty little bags that have no strap?
Here are my 3 methods for adding chain straps to clutch bags:
+ a peek at a few of my fave vintage bags: