If bags are your bag, but less so the eye-popping price tags or conspicuous excess, Faith and Justina Blakeney are the fairy godmothers you’ve been praying for to Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo your household detritus into swanky arm candy. Due to hit bookstores early next month, Refashioned Bags: Upcycle Anything into High-Style Handbags offers 24 upcycled carryalls, shoppers, totes, and clutches to emulate and inspire.
The Rainy Day Shopper, made from a discarded umbrella
And when the Blakeney sisters say “anything,” they do mean anything—some of the quirkier materials they used include rubber bath mats, a bagful of old zippers, and a broken umbrella.
Some of the quirkier materials include rubber bath mats, a bagful of old zippers, and a broken umbrella.
Accompanied by step-by-step illustrated instructions, the DIY lineup is just what you’d expect from the authors of 99 Ways To Cut, Sew, Trim And Tie Your T-Shirt Into Something Special and 99 Ways To Cut, Sew And Deck Out Your Denim: utterly fresh, conceptual pieces that offer the perfect launching pad for creating your own brand of upcycled magic—no pumpkins, necessary.