Fringe up that recycled bag DIY

I have a couple of requirements when it comes to my purses. Ok, so really just two. They have to be black and have fringe on them. After my most recent purse was on it’s last leg, I bought a new purse that has been severely disappointing. First off it doesn’t have any fringe on it, it’s too narrow, and there is a top flap as opposed to just a zipper for an opening.

I seem real needy in the ways of a handbag, don’t I? I think I’m just unhappy with the lack of fringe on it.Which is where I got my inspiration for this DIY.

While at my favorite local thrift store I found a small black bag for $2 that had “put fringe on me” written all over it.


  • Bag
  • Scrap piece of leather/fabric used to make the fringe
  • Adhesive (I used E6000)
  • Toothpick
  • Scissors


1. Taking the scrap piece of leather/fabric you’re using, measure the length of the portion on the bag you want the fringe to go on. I held the leather scrap over the bag and simply cut a patch of the leather out that would fit on the bag.

2. Start cutting thin strips out of the leather scrap you have cut down to fit on the bag. Be sure not to cut the strips all the way off. You want to leave at least 1/3 of an inch at the top of the leather strip.

3. Now you have a piece of fringe! The next step is to glue it onto the bag itself. I was lucky enough to find a bag that had a small flap over a zipper, which made it very easy to adhere the fringe piece to the bag. If you can’t find a bag that’s already perfect to hide the top of the fringe, you can glue down the fringe and cut out a thin piece of leather to glue over top to make it a more flawless seam.

4. Using a toothpick and the E6000 adhesive, I laid down a thin layer of the adhesive (thin but thick enough to hold down the fringe) and lining the fringe up began gluing it down.

5. Once I had the entire length of the fringe glued down, I took a book and laid it on top of the bag and fringe to help let it dry more evenly.

6. By the next day I had a new fringed bag. I chose not to cut the fringe to make it perfectly even along the bottom, but you could once the fringe has dried to the bag.

What did I tell you? I love fringe. And I love coming up with fringe inspired DIY’s even more!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY, and are getting your craft on for national craft month!




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