Feed Sack Purse ~ Repurposed Farmhouse Style

It’s DIY time around here….actually, when isn’t it?  That’s all I know.  I live for creating and letting loose with tools and my “toys”.  Some of my favorite mediums to work with are linen and leather, not to mention utilizing repurposed items. Check out how I took a few of these things and made myself a feed sack purse. Yee Haw!!

To say that I got a bit excited is an understatement. Linen…my all-time, drool-worthy, most favoritest fabric on the planet! Pair that with leather and I’m in textile heaven. Since having finally broke free of our medical bill burden and getting back to normal life, I’ve been taking on projects for me and my family, starting with this chair makeover. See…linen…eep!

$3 Garage Sale Channel Back Chair Gets Deconstructed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

I’ve been aching to get back to my long lost sewing machine and satisfy my craving to sew, and this month was the time.  After a couple of years of not really being able to sit down and stitch to my heart’s content, I’m “back in the saddle again”. {enter in lowly cowboy music}

You can call me crazy, but I make my own purses. I haven’t made one in this two-year deprivation I’ve been in, and have had to succumb to using a thrifted one – cute, but not MINE. Being pregnant, taking on new business, blogging, and homeschooling and can take up one’s time. tsk.

Funny thing is, I don’t carry a purse unless it’s summertime, which means no coat pockets.  I’m a low maintenance kind of lady, all I need is my wallet, occasionally a camera, and only until recently, my phone. My last self-made purse was a favorite and I can’t believe I don’t have any pictures to share with you, but trust me. It was a good one.

When I originally opened my shop, it was under the name “Lossie Made”, and I created bags, purses, and dolls to sell.  I never really got into it because life came at me. It was very short-lived. But oh, how I love bags and purses! I could hoard them just to peek at their designs.

So, back to said project. I have always wanted a linen purse and now was my chance to push myself to get it done. Here’s my beginning stash…

Linen, Leather, and Feedsack Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

We’ve got linen, red ticking (yum!), and that last tiny remnants of my feed sack goodness. Remember this chair?? One of my favorites.

Vintage Farmhouse Feed Sack Chair by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I had to part with the chair, but I promised myself I would making something for me with the bits and pieces I had left. sniff.

Now you may be asking, “What about the leather part?” About 6 years ago, I was given a large bag of purses for free. Mostly it contained little girls Disney purses with ugly graphics. I was about to donate them, but then I saw a gold mine. All that hardware would be perfect reused! So I dismantled them all, and salvaged all sorts of notions, zippers, etc. I have used that stash numerous times, including this leather purse.

Linen, Leather, and Feedsack Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’ve used it to make a saddle for my little girl’s toy horse, and leather headbands for my girls. Now it’s going to be reused again for my needs.

Now remember, it’s been YEARS since I’ve made my bags, and I was a tad bit rusty when I got started doing this. I scanned over the two purses I now have in my possession for inspiration, and took note of what I liked about them. After that, I drafted a pattern I’m very excited about. Yes, I don’t buy patterns, I make them. Absolutely more fun that way!

I use old desk calendars for my paper, and just some basic math to lay it all out.

Linen, Leather, and Feedsack Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once I’ve got a good idea of what I’m aiming for, it’s time to cut. This can be scary when you only have some scraps to work with because if you mess up, you’ve got to start over.

Linen, Leather, and Feedsack Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After getting everything cut and ready, it’s time to assemble my feed sack purse. I had to rack my brain to remember how I did certain things, but after a bit, the rusty wheels in my head got to churning and it felt soooo good.

Linen, Leather, and Feedsack Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Assembling your vision is the absolute best because you can see it all coming together. It’s been so gray and dreary around here, so what better thing to do than sit and stitch?

Linen, Leather, and Feedsack Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I won’t say that it all came together without a hitch, but there were only a couple of times I had to rip a seam or two to make adjustments. I was somewhat amazed how it worked out.

Something I have always wanted to do as well was add my very own tag to my bags and purses. Seeing your name on a label is enough to make a girl squeal. I made my own using Photoshop to create the images on one sheet, then printed on t-shirt transfer paper. After that, iron on twill tape, satin ribbon, whatever you want!

Linen, Leather, and Feedsack Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My son even could feel my excitement and came running up with his latest creation. Know what it is?

Linen, Leather, and Feedsack Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

That just make me want to squeeze him! He’s so adorable and I love his creativity and thoughtfulness to make this for me. Maybe I should make him a bag for his Legos…

Okay, so are you ready for the reveal?? {she nervously wrings her hands}

Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I am in love.

Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I had just enough feed sack left to get this pocket on, and I can’t get enough of that ticking!

Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My rustic bag is repurposed and ready to go.  I love the eyelets, the contrasting fabrics, and most of all that it’s MINE.  tee hee.

Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The top was tricky, but sort of simple once I got the mitred corners figured out. My stitching is lacking in some spots,but meh…it’s for me and I needed practice, it’s been too long. I reinforced the bottom so it can hold my goodies and camera (most important), and I’m ready to go.

Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My front pocket not only has that feed sack front, but is lined with ticking too.

Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It was a challenging, but very stimulating, fun project and I couldn’t be happier with my feed sack purse. My kids and I had fun taking photos.  I need to mention that most of these were done by my oldest daughter at a local farm.

Mama and Babe in Country Store with Repurposed Feed Sack Purse by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Just for the record, my whole outfit was thrifted, except the boots, I got those for $16 in an after Christmas sale at JCPenny. It can be done!

Our lovely Ohio weather just keeps being gloomy and was raining while we took outside shots. It’s hard at time to remember God knows what we need.

Handmade Feedsack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After finishing this feed sack purse, I’ve found even more fabrics that would work great with this design and… I just may make more. {wink,wink}

Handmade Feed Sack, Linen, and Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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I hope you enjoyed my revelry in sewing and if you want to see more of my crazy craft habits, you can check out these posts like my feed sack purse:

Vintage Bentwood Chair Gets an Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesRepurposed Industrial Style Sewing Storage by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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  • Jill Flory

    Larissa I LOVE this SO. MUCH. What a great way to reuse stuff. And I make my own patterns too – get that on a pdf and get it up for sale if you haven’t already! Girl, we have to meet for lunch someday – we are cut out of the same mold 🙂

    March 27, 2015 at 8:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jill! I need to pick your brain on making a pattern…totally uncharted (but desirable!) waters for me. I’d love to meet up!

      March 27, 2015 at 8:39 am Reply
  • Deb Claytor

    Oh, mylanta…i am coveting your purse.
    Love it!

    March 27, 2015 at 8:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hahaha…I thought I was the only one that still used that word, “mylanta”. Thank you!

      March 27, 2015 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Whimzy Thyme

    I love it – great job

    March 27, 2015 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Michele Alger

    Simply jaw dropping clever! And those photos are AMAZING!! (Way to go, your daughter!) You’re ADORABLE!!! ;)I love EVERYTHING about what you did to an otherwise questionable purse. Love the ticking, the grainsack, that you encorporated both…

    March 27, 2015 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      She did such a good job, and we were both freezing! Thank you for the group. 😉

      March 27, 2015 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage


    Larissa, Larissa, Larissa.

    I am without words.

    This is unbelievable. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that you made a purse, not to mention how totally cute it is. You are blessed with such talent, friend. Simply amazing.

    March 27, 2015 at 8:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awww…thank you girl. I’m blushing! 🙂

      March 27, 2015 at 8:35 am Reply
  • Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

    Oh.my.goodness. Your purse is AMAZING!!!! I love every bit of it and I can not even imagine being able to make a purse from scratch…wow!! Loved your Restoration Hardware style chair too! Your sons sewing machine is also awesome!

    March 27, 2015 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Becky

    This is absolutely fantastic, I love it so much!

    March 27, 2015 at 11:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Becky! It was fun to get back at it.

      March 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • [email protected] Interior Frugalista

    Come on Larissa, your talents never cease. Girl you blow me away…you are so amazingly gifted! That bag is stunning – so unique and pretty. You need to have your own television show so you can share your talents and gifts with more than your blogging community!

    March 27, 2015 at 11:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I wish you could tell that to my husband! Thank you for your sweet words, Marie. When I have my own show, you can co-host!! 🙂

      April 4, 2015 at 5:42 am Reply
  • Anna Starner

    I love what you did with the scraps!!! Who would ever think you could make such an awsome bag with leftover? It is awsome that you put YOUR lable in it!!!

    March 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awww… thank you for your excitement. It made me giggle! 🙂

      March 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm Reply
  • Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline

    Oh, Larissa, this handbag is perfect. I love bags like this. I don’t own any but I do fawn over them and yours is exceptional!

    March 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are too sweet. Thank you so much for stopping by, Mary Beth! 🙂

      March 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • Betsy Holets

    I love it! So creative Larissa and SO unique!

    March 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Betsy! It felt so good to get it off my to-do list. My list is rather long. tsk. 😉

      March 27, 2015 at 5:42 pm Reply
  • Angela Chavez

    It’s a beauty, Larissa, and I’m glad you get to keep it! Well done!

    March 27, 2015 at 11:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Angie. I’m sure you know what it feels like to always be working on something for someone else most of the time (a good feeling), but it’s always nice to do something for ourselves every now and then. 🙂

      March 28, 2015 at 5:44 am Reply
  • Heather

    I’m in love!!!

    March 28, 2015 at 11:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Tee hee…thank you, Heather!

      March 28, 2015 at 10:11 pm Reply
  • [email protected]

    How cool is that?!

    You are so creative, I love it!

    My daughter and I want one.

    Thanks for sharing.


    March 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Well thank you, Yolanda! I may decide to make some in other fabrics, but I’m swamped with other projects now. Keep your eyes peeled for some in my shop. 😉

      March 28, 2015 at 10:10 pm Reply
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  • Amy

    Oh My this is AMAZING! I love it. You better actually keep it!!!

    April 1, 2015 at 3:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…it’s going NOWHERE! Yes, keeping it, but I’ve been getting so many requests for more and have been planning some more in different styles. Fun!

      April 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm Reply
  • Funky Junk Interiors

    I’m so in LOOOOOVE with this purse! Why don’t they mass manufacture coolness like this?! You really nailed a hit, Larissa! Featuring you in this weekend’s Party Junk! 🙂

    April 3, 2015 at 5:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic, Donna! Yes, I can’t stand store-bought purses and prefer to make my own because I can. Can’t wait to see the feature! Thank you. 🙂

      April 3, 2015 at 9:57 pm Reply
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  • Victoria

    Oh my goodness, this is not just thrifty, it’s thrift-tastic! And, it’s very very good quality. Maybe you have made hundreds of purses and it’s no big deal to you, but looking at it I’m amazed. I don’t think I could ever make something sewn that well! Beautiful job. 🙂

    April 16, 2015 at 10:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hahaha…love that…thrift-tastic. 🙂 I’ve only made a few purses and this is by far the best one I’ve done and totally think it was a God-thing. I think I just needed that therapy from being away from my machine for so long!

      April 17, 2015 at 3:35 am Reply
  • brenda

    I’m in love with your bag. Just pinned and I really want to try to be more creative like you. I make bags and try to sell them on etsy. Not going very well. You did an awesome job.

    June 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. 🙂 Kudos to you for starting out and I sincerely wish you the best. Just be you and your creativity will shine through!

      June 2, 2015 at 6:31 am Reply
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  • Linda

    Amazing! What kind of sewing machine do you use to sew the leather?

    December 14, 2015 at 1:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You can purchase a leather needle at a JoAnn’s or someplace similar and use your standard sewing machine. 😉

      December 17, 2015 at 5:34 am Reply
  • Cathy Klose

    You are one smart cookie! I never would have thought to save zippers, hardware on purses! Oh to think what I’ve either thrown out or donated. YIKES!

    December 21, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Crazy, isn’t it? I had thought the same. Thanks, Cathy!

      December 22, 2016 at 11:01 am Reply
  • Kelly

    Love, love…LOVE this bag! Such talent you have! And the colours are devine!

    December 21, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am so tickled to have it for my use and especially that it’s lasted a few years now. Wahoo!

      December 22, 2016 at 11:00 am Reply
  • Paula Roveda

    The chair with the embroidery or needlepoint?, unbelievable! That is gorge us.
    The purse! Ingenious.

    December 21, 2016 at 10:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee hee…thanks! I love your tenacity.

      December 22, 2016 at 11:00 am Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    I love it – I would buy it!!

    February 8, 2019 at 6:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sew fun! Thank you, Sue. You are not the first to say that and I wish I had time to work on many. Maybe one day… 🙂

      February 8, 2019 at 9:36 pm Reply

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