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I made this purse a while back, but I wanted to make a more accurate version!
See more about this project here:
http://www.starsforstreetlights.com/2011/11/diy-kate-spade-owl-purse.html

My original owl purse can be found on Cutoutandkeep here:
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/kate-spade-owl-purse

You can find the base purse I used at Handbag Heaven:
http://www.handbagheaven.com/ashton-mini-satchel.html

Posted by Stacie G. from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States • Published See Stacie G.'s 39 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Step 1: Cut out all the patches of leather that you need for the wings. I layered paper towels on top of the purse and cut templates to put on the leather. If you don't want to use lots of leather, you can just cut one piece for the wing, but I like the layered effect that the real purse has.

  • How to make a handbag. Diy Kate Spade Owl Purse, Version 2 - Step 2
    Step 2

    Step 2: Glue the wings on. I used the best superglue ever-- the E-6000. Seriously. This stuff is not expensive and it is flexible. Perfect for the crafter.

  • How to make a handbag. Diy Kate Spade Owl Purse, Version 2 - Step 3
    Step 3

    For the middle section, leave a bit of the wing unglued so that you can glue the little feathers underneath. To clamp down the superglue on the purse, I used an assortment of claw clips and bobby pins. They work really well even though it doesn't really look too pretty. Let this dry, preferably overnight.

  • How to make a handbag. Diy Kate Spade Owl Purse, Version 2 - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now, cut the feathers out. I cut little sections like that because I had these little leather remnants to use up, but I recommend cutting them in one strip. It makes it easier. After you have them cut out, punch the grommets into the feathers.

  • How to make a handbag. Diy Kate Spade Owl Purse, Version 2 - Step 5
    Step 5

    After you have the grommets in the feathers, glue the feathers together so that they are one section. Don't glue the bottoms of the feathers down to the purse. You want them to flap a bit. Don't get your superglue on the suede, either.

  • How to make a handbag. Diy Kate Spade Owl Purse, Version 2 - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now you can cut out the eyes. I just notched little pieces out of the circles I cut for the eyes. Then I stitched the little yellow heart beads to one layer of the leather. Then I glued them all together.

  • Step 7

    Cut out the triangular piece of leather that goes above the eyes. Glue this into place, leaving a little open on the bottom so you can slip the eyes in. Put a bit of glue on the back of the eyes and then slip them under to make the cute angry owl face. Make sure everything is in its place. You can let these stages dry and then go back and touch parts up with a dab of glue. This is where patience comes in. Don't hurry!

  • How to make a handbag. Diy Kate Spade Owl Purse, Version 2 - Step 8
    Step 8

    For the beak I didn't have gold leather so I just took some gold spray paint and painted the suede side of a little snippet of leather. Worked perfectly. Then you just need to cut out the diamond shape and glue it in place between the eyes.

  • How to make a handbag. Diy Kate Spade Owl Purse, Version 2 - Step 9
    Step 9

    Glue everything down and make sure everything is going to stay. The thing about the E-6000 glue is that if there is enough glue there, it is not going anywhere. You just have to make sure it does not show.

  • How to make a handbag. Diy Kate Spade Owl Purse, Version 2 - Step 10
    Step 10

    After all the edges are down, you've got it! :) Any questions, just head over to my blog. I answer those a lot faster. :)

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Freya O.
Freya O. · Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ · 3 projects
Love the fish!!! Happy
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Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
This is great!! I couldn't tell which was which. Fabulous job!!!!
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Corvus
Corvus · 1 project
wow, good job. love your pics. you made me smile : )
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Libby W.
Libby W. · Whitehaven, England, GB · 86 projects
This is so amazing!!! I couldn't tell which was the DIY one when I first looked at the pic. It was only the fish that gave it away.
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EVEnl
EVEnl · Schipluiden, South Holland, NL · 316 projects
Ha ha ha so cool Stacie! I love your picture Happy
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