March 3, 2011

TAFA Team Etsy Pick of the Week: Suitcoat Purse

I admit, I'm a sucker for reclaimed textiles, especially when they're done in a clever fashion.  The work of Heather Lair from Gimli in Manitoba, Canada does just that.  In this piece, she's turned a wool suit into a purse using the collar as a handle.  How cute is that?!
Suitcoat Purse by Heather Lair Designs
You can read more about her and her process on the TAFA List or on her Etsy site

*Etsy Pick of the Week feature by Stacey Sharman from Peppermint Pinwheels.  Every Thursday, we will post one item from a TAFA Team affiliated Etsy store. In choosing a Team member photo, we will be looking for beautiful, Etsy Front Page worthy photos.


  1. Thanks Rachel! It took a while to figure out just where to cut the collar off the coat, and how to sew a binding over the cut edge that keeps the nice curve tailored into the jacket.
    You can't tell from the picture but the lapel is attached in such a way that you could add a flower or brooch to it too.

  2. I could see it being tailored into a laptop carrier. If it looked a bit more manly, guys might buy it, too.

    Have you seen Mandinka's shop? I've invited them to join TAFA, but so far no luck...

    Look at their sold items, too.


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