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How to Turn a Summer Purse Into Door Decor

My daughter, Laura (the greenhouse girl) mentioned that she needed something for her front door. She was thinking along the lines of a basket and I said, “I have a straw purse that you could use. It’s red and pink and it’s like a basket. I bought it at a tag sale”.  She looked at it and said, “Okay”.

pink and pretty

So we went to Joann’s Crafts and matched it up with some silk flowers.

Here’s the $2. straw pocketbook I bought at a tag sale. It’s pretty cute all by itself and it has a label inside that reads “Coldwater Creek”... quite a bargain, huh?

Red straw purse

After we picked out the pretty pinky red flowers, we (she)decided it needed a little more embellishment so we looked around and found these really cute burlap flowers.

flowers with a clip

They have a clip on the back so we just clipped the flowers onto the purse. One was a little different color – they were in a discount bin – but we took all 3 anyway. We ended up using only 2 of them because they are so large.

burlap flower

two burlap flowers

This was pretty easy to put together but when I thought about how it would be hung from the back handle of the pocketbook, I thought it might hang open. So I stitched right through the purse to hold the back and front together. This was not that easy but it was doable and now the bag stays altogether.

Sewing 2


door decor

Here it is on my daughter’s back door.

Straw purse 2

Didn’t this turn out cute? It’s so perfect for her Cape Cod house, too.

Best wishes and keep cool.... gosh, it’s hot here in the Northeast.


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  1. very nice, flowers are lovely touch to the purse !!!!

  2. How cute is that!
    So pretty too.

    Did you sew through
    the middle?


  3. Cute! Great idea for a decoration :)

  4. This is absolutely adorable! Very clever, and I love the white burlap flowers, so cute!

    1. Burlap is so in right now huh. Thanks for commenting.it is so hot!!

  5. That looks so nice, especially the colors.

    1. Yea I really love bright colors!! Thanks for commenting!

  6. Hi there! I am co-hosting this week on the Wondering Brain Show Off Weekend Blog Party. Thanks for sharing your creations with us! I hope you found inspiration in all of the terrific posts.

    I host a (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and a TGIF Link Party at my place -- A Peek Into My Paradise... http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/ I would love for you to link up and follow (if you don't already) if you like what you see. =) I follow back - I love making new friends!

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week!

    Hugs, Cathy