I hate to go shopping, so I will wear my favorite clothes until they are completely worn out, and my husband is the same way. So when we wear our old duds past their prime, what should we do with them, throw them in the trash? No way! I cut them up and make handbags. Salvaged parts of good quality clothes can live a new life when combined with fun and colorful fabrics. Ikat, paisley, and batik fabrics are favorites, and they give the bags a Bohemian style. Since I am a fabric collector, I just have to go through my stock piles to find what I need, but you can buy a couple of yards of that pretty print you have been eyeing. Cut up those chinos and cargo pants — a pocket from one, the legs from the other — and make a casual and comfortable handbag.
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