Fall Makeover for a Thrift Store Purse

Most people would have probably walked past this plain jane wool purse.

I almost did, but then the price tag caught my eye. THREE DOLLARS! Immediately I pictured dressing it up with a few fabric rosettes.

With fall on the horizon, I decided to work with some orange fabric scraps I had lying around. Within an hour I had a stylish new fall purse!


  • Fabric scraps
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Felt
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Foil covered cardboard or other work surface

Pick out your fabrics and rip them into 3″ – 4″ strips.

It may help you visualize what colors to use by laying them on your purse.

Start by rolling one end of the strip.

Add some hot glue and keep rolling the fabric strip.

Fold and twist the fabric for more interest and to hide the raw edges.

Finish by folding the end over and gluing it to the rosette.

Cut a piece of felt in a circle shape slightly smaller than the rosette.

Check to make sure the felt circle doesn’t extend beyond the edges of the rosettes.

Snip two holes in the felt circle and feed a safety pin through.

Put some hot glue onto the back of the rosette…

…and glue the felt circles and safety pins to the rosettes.

Pin the rosettes onto the purse. Adjust them until you like the arrangement. Feel free to add more or less rosettes.

Personally, I like odd numbered groupings.

The best part about this project is that I can swap them out and add different colored rosettes depending on the season!

Do you like? What other colors do you think would look nice on the brown? I thought about creams and whites for winter. Hmmmm. You could also add felted wool roses instead of fabric.

And now it is time to announce some lucky winners! If you know one of these people you might want to ask them to send you some of their lucky vibes.

The 3M Product Giveaway goes to:

Lisa! Her translation was:
He says: Don’t watch, you’re making me nervous.
He means: I don’t have a clue as to what I am doing.
I hope you enjoy the 3M product packet as much as I did.

And the two winners of the Wagner PowerPlus Paint Sprayer and the DeckMate stainer are:

Rhonda Jones!
Her comment was: Brittany, this is the BEST tutorial I have ever read! You did an amazing job explaining how you did this project. I must say, I really liked how you used your phone to show the amount of time each step took. You have inspired me to get to work on several pieces of furniture that I have that needs to be painted! I am headed to prowl around your blog now! Your entire blog is amazing! I am your newest follower…I am a fairly new blogger. I hope you will come visit me sometime! ~~~rhonda~~~ \ABlissfulSpirit/

Her comment was: I’ve always wondered about using a sprayer. Do you think there would be less overspray if something more substantial (with less openings) such as a chest or buffet was painted? I’m looking forward to reading about your next spray painting project. Thanks for the giveaway!
Congratulations to all the winners. Stay tuned this week I have another giveaway for you on Wednesday ;-).

14 replies
  1. Angie
    Angie says:

    Brittney! This is such a beautiful project! The colours are fabulous and it makes the purse into such a treasure! Wishing you a wonderful week! Angie xo

  2. Jaymie
    Jaymie says:

    I love how the simplicity of the purse highlights the flowers. The whole thing looks so tailored. Truly classic. I love the patterns in your rosettes. Thanks for the tutorial. Making the rosettes is something that I’ve been wanting to try!


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