Sometimes an old bag just needs some new life to get cycled back in to use. These 30 creative ways to refashion and update your bags and purses will have you DIYing in no time.
30 Ways to Update Bags & Purses
Revive your bags and purses with these fun diy bag refashion ideas that use tassels, glitter, bling, paint, and more.
Painted Rainbow Purse Refashion
A few simple curved lines can make a big difference on a plain purse. This modern painted rainbow is right on trend.
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DIY Crystal Straw Basket Bag
Update a straw basket into a chic bag with pre-made leather straps and glue-on crystals.
Thrift Store Suitcase Refashion
Give an old suitcase new life with paint, Mod Podge, and some DIY patches. Then it’s time to hit the road.
DIY Pom Pom Purse
Add a little summertime flair with pom pom trim. This diy purse refashion will look great with sandals and a skirt.
DIY Fendi Inspired Floral Bag Strap
Learn how to create leather flowers to recreate this designer inspired bag strap.
Iron-On Backpack Refashion
Create customized backpack iron-on embellishments with your favorite die-cutting machine.
DIY Purse Refashion
Sometimes just a few metal studs is all you need to make a plain bag more exciting.
DIY Studded Clutch
A free clutch promotion turned into a fun punk style clutch with a grid of pyramid studs.
DIY Watermelon Tote Refashion
Grab a plain tote, paint, and some teardrop crystals to make this fruit inspired bag. Nothing says summer like a fresh slice of watermelon.
DIY Painted Fringe Bag Refashion
Brighten up your fringe. This plain white fringe bag was updated with nail polish.
Floral Purse Refashion
Embroidered flowers + Mod Podge = perfection. This plain purse got a major upgrade with color and texture.
Purse Upcycle to Hanging Planter
Give a hanging plant a new home by placing the pot into a bag to hang it. Genius!
DIY Pearl Bucket Bag
Pearls give anything instant glam. Add various sizes of pearl beads onto a bag for a chic update.
DIY Faux Fur Bag Refashion
Add some faux fur to your bags for a new winterized accessory.
Upcycled Backpack Refashion
Create a totally unique bag by creating custom patches, adding studs, and updating the hardware.
Upcycled Bag Clutch Refashion
Go nuts with hex nuts! Glue on these honeycomb shaped nuts to a plain clutch for a new look.
Anthropologie Inspired DIY Fringe Purse
Recreate this designer fringe purse by making your own tassels and attaching them onto a purse.
DIY Pop Art Lips Bag
Add trendy graphics to a bag by creating a template and painting it on. Also, Olry Shani is entertaining (and inspiring) to watch.
Painted Purse Refashion
Adding some simple stripes to a simple purse can make a big impact to your outfit.
DIY Crystal Clutch Refashion
Spice up a clutch with chunky crystals and of course…glitter!
DIY Straw Purse Refashion
Straw bags and purses are the perfect summertime fashion staple. Add some bling from a statement necklace.
No-Sew T-Shirt Bag
Turn an old t-shirt into a bag with this easy no-sew t-shirt bag tutorial. Perfect for trips to the market!
Replace Bag Strap with a Scarf
Replacing an old bag strap with a pretty scarf can give your bag a totally new vibe.
DIY Leather Flowers Purse Refashion
Learn how to create your own leather flowers to add onto a purse or bag. The added texture and dimension is so eye-catching.
Modern Bag Refashion
Cut off the bottom of a bag and add a new top with a fun print. This idea is genius! I think I even have that same bag in my stash.
Tribal Painted Bag Makeover
Here’s another take on a painted bag that was already well worn.
DIY Cat Purse
Doesn’t everyone need a cat purse? Add kitty face features to a bag to create your own cat purse. The ball of yarn zipper pull is the icing on the cake.
Weekender Bag Refashion
Update a simple bag with iron-on patches, add a pocket, and replace the zipper pulls.
Are you inspired to makeover your bags and purses? I know I am. Leave a comment below and let me know how you refashion your bags!