Visit your local dollar store and scare up the materials to make this awesome high fashion purse made from the lowly potholder! Reminscent of the quilted purses from some of the expensive high fashion lines, this technique has definite potential! I am going to explore it further myself and hopefully I can bring you some more projects inspired by this one!

[purse by freegranny]

Here’s a silver quilted purse by Burberry (retail $295):

And here’s another “pouchette” by Marc Jacobs that would lend itself to the potholder shape (retail $495):

I found a lot more purses in this family, a lot of them with chain handles. I’ll leave you and your web searching prowess to search for more inspiration.

I can’t exactly tell what everything is in the potholder inspiration photo, but I will try to guess.

Project Estimate:

  • 2-3 Silver Potholders $2-3
  • Chain Link Belt $1
  • Carabiner (optional) $1 (or a couple for $1)
  • Silver rick rack $1
  • Silver medallion (perhaps from scrapbooking section?) $1
  • Additional trim $1 and up
  • Additional material for lining, etc $1 and up

Total cost: $7 and up which is a super bargain compared to a $500 “pouchette!” Ugly Betty would approve!