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Updated a thrifted purse with scrap lace and decopauge! Perfect for spring & summer.
With a little Mod Podge and leftover lace, you can revamp a thrifted purse. I personally love lace all year round, but even more so for the spring and summer months. This project is also perfect for giving an old purse a breath of new life.

Posted by Kirsten Nunez from New York, New York, United States • Published See Kirsten Nunez's 17 projects »
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  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 1
    Step 1

    - Purse with flat front flap (I thrifted mine for a couple dollars)

    You'll also need:

    - Scrap lace (enough to cover the front flap, plus a few inches all around)
    - Fabric scissors
    - Foam brush
    - Mod Podge/decopauge
    - Matching thread and sewing pins
    - Needle and thread, or sewing machine

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 2
    Step 2

    1) Pin the edge of the lace, and sew.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 3
    Step 3

    This will give a finished overall look to your purse. The sewed edge will line up with the top

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using the foam brush, apply Mod Podge along the top of the purse's flap.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Lay the lace on top, patting lightly. Let dry until it's dry to the touch, so that it doesn't move around too much while you continue working.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 6
    Step 6

    At the corners, cut the lace. This will help the lace fold back under the purse's flap, with minimal to no bunching.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 7
    Step 7

    Repeat with the remaining corners.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 8
    Step 8

    The lace will fold up so much more neatly this way.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 9
    Step 9

    Turn the purse over, front side facing down. If needed, trim the excess lace a bit. Add Mod Podge to the edge.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 10
    Step 10

    Fold over the lace, adding more Mod Podge if necessary. Evenly disperse the Mod Podge over the lace.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 11
    Step 11

    Continue with the rest of the lace.

    NOTE: If your purse has hardware details such as this one, leave that side for last. I didn't mind covering the closure with lace, but you can always cut around it if needed.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 12
    Step 12

    Repeat on the other side.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 13
    Step 13

    I focused on adding Mod Podge to the entirety of each lace fold, especially the raw edges.

    Fold up the last of the lace; in my case, right where the hardware is. I made sure to trim the laces so that it didn't cover the actual closure.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 14
    Step 14

    Let dry completely.

  • How to make a shoulder bag. Lace Panel Purse - Step 15
    Step 15

    Rock your new handbag! Try different variations with printed fabrics.

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