I love this DIY satchel made from a suit jacket. There are tons of jackets available at any thrift store. I think it’s really cool how the pockets, sleeves and the elbow pads are incorporated into the design. The site also has instruction for a purse, tote and messenger bag if a satchel is not your thang. Thanks to So You Think You’re Crafty for this fun project.
Repurposing a suit coat is a fun way to create a one of a kind handbag. I chose to make a messenger bag as my laptop has been homeless for quite some time. If you are new to sewing, I suggest a tote bag. This is a much more straight forward design, yet has all the elements of the coat.There are many generous souls who have created tutorials for your use. Look around, you will be amazed. I would encourage you to chose a simple pattern, as too many design elements will detract from the suit coat.I saw the bag on the left on the Today Show a while ago. I think it is gorgeous, and thought it would be a perfect Sunday bag for all my “stuff”. As I tend to be cheap frugal , I filed it away under project to someday make.