A Cool DIY Satchel From A Suit Jacket

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.
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For full instructions visit So You Think You’re Crafty.

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