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Graduation Cap Purse

Upcycle your graduation cap into a trendy purse

graduation cap purse

Lots of people decorate their graduation caps for the big day and if you didn’t lose it in the celebratory toss, what else are you gonna to do with it? Try this easy DIY and upcycle your graduation cap!

graduation cap purse

Supplies

Graduation cap
Upholstery fabric
Purse strap
Fabric Glue
Binder clips
Embroidered applique
Scissors
An iron

graduation cap purse

First, cut off the cap part of the hat

Use scissors to remove the cap part of the graduation cap. Leave the top board of the cap to use for the purse.

cut fabric upholstery

Next, use the fabric upholstery to make the back of the purse

Put the fabric upholstery on a flat surface and cut it to be about 1/2 an inch larger than the graduation cap on all four sides. Fold the 1/2 inch section of the fabric over and glue it down. This will be the top of the purse.

graduation cap purse

Snip the corners of the fabric

Use your scissors to snip the corner of the fabric at a diagonal angle and glue under onto the bottom inside of the graduation cap. Use the binder clips to hold the fabric into place while it dries.

Next, use the iron to apply the applique

Apply the applique onto the front of the purse using the iron.

graduation cap purse

Finally, hand stitch the purse strap on

Hand stitch the purse strap onto the bag. You can use a strap from a previous purse or go to the thrift store and pick an old purse out to get the strap off of it.

upcycle graduation cap

This DIY makes a very smart purse and will elevate any look. Don’t toss your grad cap or just throw it in a shadow box-instead, make it brand new and give it a new life!

Jane Clauss is a lifestyle expert, radio and television host.  She has a passion for upcycling by using her creativity and innovation and a drive for making happiness homemade! Learn more about Jane here!

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