Upcycled Handbag with Treasured Threadz

For the next few weeks, the Therm O Web Design Team will be sharing projects created with NEW Treasured Threadz™ Fabric Panels. Here’s some information about this fun new collection we know you’ll love . . .

Treasured Threadz Fabric Panels are designed especially for sewing, quilting and embellishing projects. Curated and designed by Amy Barickman using her collection of rare vintage art, textiles and quilts, Treasured Threadz Fabric Panels are a shortcut to creating your own unique style. Upcycle thrift-shop finds, refresh favorites from your closet or make entirely new clothing, accessories and home décor.

Panels are 100% cotton, measure 14”x44” and feature faux patchwork and original collaged art ideal for applique and small projects, plus embroidery, quilting, stitching and collage techniques. Every panel purchase includes exclusive QR Code Content: three original PDF patterns, video tutorials and a digital Look Book that features 25+ pages of project ideas and creative inspiration. Treasured Threadz Favorite Fusible Stabilizer, a low-loft fusible batting designed for hand quilting and embroidery projects, adds extra stability and dimension to projects; purchase includes PDF instructions and video tutorials for Amy’s signature applique techniques. Treasured Threadz products are distributed by Colonial Patterns.

To learn more about Amy and her story, check out her conversation with Brandy Maslowski of the Quilter on Fire Podcast, episode #155; search your favorite podcast app or listen here.

Now, on to today’s Treasured Threadz + Therm O Web Design Team Tour, featuring a gorgeous Upcycled Handbag by Deb Zaleski. Read all about the exciting giveaways happening this month and enter for a chance to win at the end of this post.

Ever since I could sew, I was always so thrilled to be able to create a unique garment for myself or for my kiddos, to sew up some fun throw pillows to suit my decor for a cozy space, or to make something new with something that didn’t fit just right anymore or was getting worn out. For this upcycled handbag, I used a pair of jeans that the waistline was just a little too low for me and didn’t seem to fit right anymore and merged them with this wonderful fabric panel, Around the World by Treasured Threadz.
It’s time to get creative, so gather your supplies and tools!


*Be sure to look at the list of hardware required to make your bag pattern!


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter and self-healing mat
  • Ruler
  • Iron and ironing board or wool mat
  • Tools for any hardware required in assembling your bag


1. I want to take the time to talk about fabric placement. Using panels or big prints requires planning and making sure you use what you have to create the best effect. Plan how you’re going to use your printed fabric and how best to use the garment you’ve set aside for an upcycle project.

2. Cut all the fabric pieces required, make yourself a check list to make sure nothing is forgotten because the last thing I would want is to realize there isn’t any fabric left and I’m missing a critical piece for the project.

3. Cut all the required pieces of interfacing, I used the HeatnBond Non-Woven Fusible Craft Firm Interfacing and for the main panels and gusset, I added fusible fleece for more body. Fuse the pieces according to the manufacturer’s directions and as indicated in the pattern directions.

4. Before you start to assemble your bag, take the time to add little details to make your creation unique. I cut out a ferris wheel and appliqued it to the gusset with the help of some HeatnBond Lite Iron-On Adhesive.


5. I used Fabric Fuse PeelnStick Adhesive Sheets in helping in placement of the straps, zippers and lining instead of using pins or hand basting. If you stitch through the glue with your sewing machine, be sure to clean the needle with an alcohol swab if it isn’t ready to be changed before moving on to the next step. This will reduce the risk of threads breaking and needles breaking.

4. You can’t always finish off every seam by machine but before closing up that last seam by hand, I like to add a little tag and in this case I used some rivets to add a small leather tag. 
5. Again another fun detail is to add part of the print to the cross-body strap. 
Would you like to win a $25 gift card to shop your favorite Therm O Web adhesives, interfacings and specialty sewing products in our online store PLUS a vintage-inspired sewing book written by Amy Barickman, the creator of this amazing Treasured Threadz™ product line? Click the link and enter your email address for a chance to win one of six $25 Therm O Web gift cards and one of six copies of Amy’s inspiration-packed sewing books, including Denim Redesign, Vintage Notions, Stitched Style and many more. Limited to one entry per email address; your name will be included in all available remaining prize drawings.http://www.thermoweb.com/#TreasuredThreadzTOW (link is case sensitive)

We have our fourth giveaway winner! Congratulations, psychwevr! We will be sending you a $25 digital gift card to shop http://www.thermoweb.com as well as one of Amy Barickman’s wonderful, vintage-inspired sewing resources. Please watch your in-box for a confirmation email. Thanks for entering the Treasured Threadz +  Therm O Web Design Team Tour Giveaway. Enjoy your new creative goodies!

Winners will be announced here on our blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Friday, April 12th, through Wednesday April 24th, so be sure to visit the blog each day for a brand-new post and winner announcement. Our final winner will be announced here on the blog on Wednesday, April 24th, so enter now. Good Luck & Happy Creating!

Thanks for joining me, I hope I’ve inpsired you in creating something with a little bit of new and a little bit of upcycle!  If you liked this project, please let me know by posting a comment. And don’t forget to stop by my Instagram and say HI!

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