Portland native and fashion blogger Little Ocean Annie is more than super cool and stylish. The trendsetting fashionista also has an affinity for fun DIY projects that appeal to crafty types with a serious thrifting habit. I stumbled across Annie’s purse revamp tutorial a few months ago and immediately sought out a neutral handbag of my own to alter. A visit to a nearby flea market resulted in an ideal find — an off-white vintage leather handbag, prime pickin’ for a delightful dye session. With my weathered purse, a color dye set, and Annie’s easy-to-follow blog post, I successfully turned a dingy, nondescript shoulder bag into a pretty pastel accessory!
Do you own an older leather handbag that could use a fresh coat of paint (literally)? If so, this simple DIY project is for you! For starters, you’ll need the following supplies:
- White, off-white, or neutral leather handbag
- A color dye set. I used Tarrago Dyes color dye set.
- Masking or packaging tape
- Cloth rag
Once you decide on a dyeable leather handbag and a fresh new color, tape off areas of the handbag that you do not wish to dye with masking or packaging tape. My painting hands are less than steady, so I made sure to mask off any and all areas that I wished to stay dye-free, including my bag’s silver hardware, and the surface of the shoulder straps.
Included in the Tarrago Dyes set is a small bottle of clear preparing solution. Use a disposable cloth rag to wipe down the surface of your handbag with the preparing solution. This solution should dry immediately. From there, you’re ready to begin dying your handbag!
Use the dye set’s included tiny paintbrush to apply dye to the handbag’s seams. Once that’s taken care of, apply dye to the handbag’s surface in a circular motion, using the dye set’s included sponge. The dye dries relatively quickly, so if you’re able to apply more than one coat, I say go for it!
Voilà! Like Annie said, this DIY project is “an awesome way to give new life to old things that are still usable!” In less than an hour or so (depending on the size of your handbag), you can easily transform a mediocre accessory into a statement-making bag, in a personalized color choice to accentuate a flawless ensemble!
What do you think, ModReaders? Does my handbag look better in a hue of sky blue? What DIY projects are you working on these days?