DIY: How to Dye a Leather Bag

So I decided to dye a Coach purse for my mom after trying to convince her to get a new one. She refused, she really loves this bag which I totally understand. I believe she had received it as a Christmas gift over 5 years ago and she really took good care of it. She took it to a local shop and they wanted to charge her $50 and I said, “no no no”. For the most part, the bag has just faded overtime and does not have any tears nor does the hardware have any damage. We definitely do take care of our things very much. #igotitfrommymomma

Today I’ll be giving you a quick run-through of how I dyed my moms leather Coach purse and of course I will be adding some before and after shots. Now put on some gloves, we’re about to get messy!

Things You will Need

  1. Tarrago Self shine Color Dye Kit
  2. Tape
  3. Cotton Balls
  4. Cotton Swabs
  5. Clean Dry Sponge
  6. Rubbing Alcohol
  7. Wax Paper

Ok, now that were ready to begin lets take a look at the bag before it received an extreme makeover. I tried to get some close-ups so you can really see in detail what the bag looked like before. Also, I only spent the $11 on the dye since I had everything else at home.

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Lets Dye!

  1. Clean The bag with the conditioner that comes in the kit. You can apply it onto the small sponge and rub in a circular motion. This will get dirt off the bag and will remove any layers that would avoid the dye to stay on the bag. 
  2. Before unsealing the small bottle of dye make sure to shake it well. After you let it sit for a few second go ahead and open it. In the kit comes a tiny white sponge and a small paint brush. Take the paint brush and apply some dye onto the white sponge and begin to apply it on the bottom areas of the bag. I would suggest to begin on the lower part of the back side then go up and towards the front side. I felt like that was the best way to go, in order to not make such a big mess. 
  3. Take a cotton swab or cotton ball and clean any of the hardware. Make sure to clean the hardware shortly after getting any dye on it in order to avoid any permanent stains. 
  4. Go ahead and dye any areas that might seem like they were not covered the first time or that may be uneven.

Ta-da!

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12 thoughts on “DIY: How to Dye a Leather Bag

  1. Joy says:

    What a great way to breathe new life into an old favourite. I totally need to look into doing this on one of my old purses! Where did you get the dye kit? Craft store? Or some specialty place?

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