DIY: How to Turn Your Wallet into a Crossbody Purse

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Here’s a little DIY I came up with after running into a bit of a conundrum when trying to pack for a few upcoming bachelorette parties. Without making myself sound like too much of a fogie, I’m well past my clubbing phase, and I realized I no longer owned any Vegas or Cancun-appropriate tiny purses or pochettes. But I didn’t want to go out and purchase an entirely new bag that I knew would likely just get shoved in the back of my closet (at least until some of my other friends got engaged). After scouring Pinterest for an hour or so, I saw that the young whippersnappers were favoring teeny, colorful crossbody wallet-on-chain bags and then it hit me! A wallet-on-chain is not much more than what the moniker implies – a wallet on a chain. So I basically just took my Chanel wallet and popped a chain on it to turn it into a mini purse. The neat thing about this DIY is that when you’re done using your wallet-on-chain, you can simply convert it back to a regular wallet. Don’t you just love convertible accessories? Read on to see the full how-to tutorial.

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IMPORTANT: Before getting started, you’re probably well aware that a Chanel (or any other designer item) is not a toy. You probably paid good money for yours, so it’s important to be very careful when manipulating it in any way. The techniques used in the following tutorial are pretty basic, but if you’ve never tried them before it’s definitely a good idea to practice on some scrap leather or fabric first. Then you can be confident when you go to work on your pricier wallet!

YOU WILL NEED:
– a pencil
– a thick needle
– a toothpick, needlenose pliers or something else that’s a bit thicker than the needle
– 4 eyelets (I used 3/16-inch silver eyelets like these)
– a grommet/eyelet setting tool kit (make sure it’s for 3/16-inch eyelets)
– a hammer to use with your kit to set your eyelet
– 2 heavy duty 18 gauge open jump rings (9 or 10mm like the ones seen here)
– pliers – purse chain with hooks on both ends like these (I made mine myself so if you’re interested in doing the same, please comment on this post and I can create a new tutorial showing you how to do that)


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5 Comments

  1. Thank you so much..I have the same red chanel wallet..and wanted to convert it into WOC but didnt know how to work on it..your post is very helpful in order to do that..I would like to know how did you make the chain?

    1. Thanks for your comments Sanni and Vids!

      For the chain, I purchased some chain by the foot (if you’re located in NYC, you can find excellent choices around the 36th St and Broadway, or just search online), and then I found a strip of leather trim that was the same color as my bag. To assemble the chain, just thread your leather ribbon through the links of the chain and then secure at each end by sewing the ends. Hope this helps!

      1. Thanks Yuka. I will check out 36th St and Broadway..I live nearby.After reading uer blog O ordered one from amazon but didn’t like the finish and the red colour doesn’t match my clutch colour..Thanks again

    1. Thanks Yuka. I will check out 36th St and Broadway..I live nearby.After reading uer blog O ordered one from amazon but didn’t like the finish and the red colour doesn’t match my clutch colour..Thanks again

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