Saturday, February 20, 2016

New Pochette From a Louis Vuitton Zipper

I save little bits and pieces from the vintage bags I've picked up. 

Certain types of vintage Louis Vuitton bags have super sticky linings. 
The Vuittonitte that they used 20 or 30 years ago breaks down over time and becomes sticky especially in humid climates. 
 A few years ago, I picked up a cute vintage brief case but the lining was trashed. 
Instead of trying to clean it I pulled it out and threw it away.  
The leather and zipper was cut away from the lining and saved for a later date.

I decided that the zipper would look cute on a pochette or pouch made out of denim. 
Louis Vuitton had a denim line for a while that I thought was darling.  

Yellow thread that matches a Louis Vuitton bag was a must
Joann's had a heavy weight yellow thread that was a near perfect match.
It took 8 hours of hand work to sew the zipper unit to the denim. 
My fingers were so sore even with the use of leather needles.  
The back is not pretty but it won't show

I sewed a rectangle around the new zipper to form the pouch.
I cut the opening and glued the sleveage with craft glue. 

A quick trip to Tandy Leather yielded the news that my sewing machine could sew through thin leathers. 
They had leather needles for my machine so I sewed a d-ring onto the corner of the bag. 
This piece was a leftover from another bag. 
The strap came from a vintage Louis Vuitton Pochette.

This was a Valentine's Day project since Bill was sick. 
Head phones and sewing helped me survive the 
Star Wars Trilogy. 

This holds my iPad or toiletries. 
It can also be used as a clutch. 
 I love Vachetta leather and denim. 

That is what I've been up to.
How about you?
Come back for more leather crafting.
I have been sewing leather with my machine! 
So fun. 


  1. So cute and clever! It will go with everything. Remember to share this gem on TOHOT. :)

  2. How adorable, would be great when going to a concert.

  3. great makeover. never thought of collecting pieces of vintage things to reuse.

  4. This is totally like something I would tackle. You go girl! Beautiful job....Rebecca

  5. Katie,
    What a clever idea to re-use a leather zipper. It looks wonderful from the outside, and no one is the wiser about the inside (except those of us who read your blog, and your secret is safe with us!).


  6. That was a great way to recycle! It looks fabulous, and so do you, modeling it!