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Recycled Purse

By: Debbie Saenz
Debbie Saenz
Debbie Saenz
My name is Debbie Saenz and I’ve had a passion for creating art ever since I was a young child. Through the years, I’ve enjoyed working with many different art mediums and I’m always excited to learn new techniques. My heart’s desire is to inspire people through my art. My latest passion is mixed-media…It’s like a melting pot of all the mediums I love! Come learn more about me and my creative journey on my blog, A Creative Life, at: http://debbiesaenz.typepad.com
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Skill Level: Intermediate


Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Item #CS11301
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.


Other Supplies
Cereal box
Bandana or any scrap fabric
White eyelet lace or any scrap lace (13 inches)
White grosgrain ribbon or any scrap ribbon (30 inches)
2 magnets – heavy duty
Hot glue gun


  1. Use the ruler to draw lines as a guide for cutting your box. For the front of the purse, measure and draw a line 5¼” from the bottom of the box and cut across (save the scrap piece for later).
  2. For the sides of the purse, measure and draw a line 6¼” from the bottom of the box and cut across making a 1” flap then fold toward the inside of the purse (this will add extra strength).
  3. For the flap of the purse, measure and draw a line 5¼” from the bottom of the box (draw your line on the inside of the box back, but do not cut on this line); using the pattern (aligning the straight edge on the 5¼” line you just drew) trace the contoured edge of the flap and cut out creating the back of the purse with flap.
  4. Using the scrap piece of box and the pattern, trace and cut out flap (this will be used on the inside of the purse as reinforcement); set aside.
  5. Cut the bandana to fit the front part of the purse and half of the sides (leave 1 inch extending the bottom and at least a ½ inch extending the top); use Mod Podge to apply the fabric. Fold the extending ½” toward the inside of the purse and use Mod Podge to secure in place. Repeat with the extending 1” on the bottom.
  6. In the same manner, measure and cut the bandana to fit the back part and the sides of the purse; apply with Mod Podge, allow the fabric to extend about ½” beyond the flap then fold over and use Mod Podge to secure leaving a nice edge.
  7. Use the remaining piece of bandana to cover the additional flap (cut the fabric so that it extends ½” beyond all edges). Use Mod Podge to secure, then fold over the extended edges and secure with Mod Podge.
  8. Fold each side toward the inside of the purse creating a crease on each upper top portion of the sides (this will allow the flap to fold over nicely).
  9. Use hot glue to attach the ribbon (2” on each side) to the inside of the flap, creating a handle for the purse (when the flap is closed, the ribbon should come from the top of the purse).
  10. Use hot glue to secure the lace around the inside edge of the flap, then place the additional flap on the inside of the purse, covering the raw edges of the ribbon and lace; secure with hot glue.
  11. Use hot glue to attach both magnets; one on the inside of the flap and the other on the outside front of the purse.
  12. Allow project to dry for 24 hours before using.
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