A classic leather Harley Davison bag is the ideal companion for school, work, or a night out on the town. If your Harley Davidson purse, on the other hand, is feeling a little too simple, adding some decorations can really help you stand out. To make an old leather purse feel like new again, try one (or more!) of these DIY solutions.
1. A couple of metal chains will add some glitz to the front of your Harley Davidson purse
Clip a couple of gold or silver metal chains to the buckles of your Harley Davidson leather purse. If your bag lacks buckles, attach the chain to the straps’ hardware instead.
This is a fantastic method to repurpose outdated or unused necklaces.
Unhook your bag’s removable straps and thread the chain around them for a creative way to dress up your handles.
2. Replace the strap on your purse with a feminine grosgrain ribbon
Unclip or tuck the existing strap inside the bag, then knot the ribbon to whatever bag hardware is attached. A single knot will look much nicer than a double knot, but you may wish to secure it with a few stitches with a needle and matching thread.
To prevent fraying, trim the extra ribbon and paint a thin strip of super glue down the edge. It’s best not to put the adhesive directly on the ribbon because it’s easy to overdo it. Using a little brush, paint it on or pour a dollop of glue onto some scrap cardboard and carefully drag the cut edge of the ribbon across it.
Finally, adorn one side of the bag with some cute small bag charms. Just for the sake of it.
3. For a vintage vibe, add patches to your Harley Davison bag
Apply a thin layer of leather and suede glue to the back of the patch. Before you use your Harley Davidson bag again, press the leather into it and let the glue set for around 30 minutes. For a subtle effect, add one or two patches, or go all out with a bag covered in them.
Leather and suede glue can be found in most craft stores. Patch glue is difficult to remove, so use it only if you want to leave the patches on your bag indefinitely.
4. Wrap a printed scarf around the handles of the purse
Secure the corner of your scarf to the base of the handle with a knot, then begin wrapping. Make a mental note of the scarf’s center so you know how much you’ll need by the time you get to the handle’s center.
The Harley Davidson bag will appear better if you wrap the scarf securely and evenly. You should have just enough left over to tie a second knot at the other end if you measure it out correctly. You have the option of tucking the loose ends away or leaving them out as part of the design.
5. Give the straps on Harley Davison’s purse
Removable straps make this easier, but you can alternatively cut the straps off your bag and put them back together once the chain is attached. Before you cut the chain, make sure it’s big enough to thread the strap through.
Acrylic chains are easy to modify, but metal chains appear to be more expensive, so if you choose metal, make sure you have pliers and a way to cut the chain. Remember to thread the chain before cutting it, regardless of which route you choose. That way, you won’t be left with an insufficient chain to wrap the entire strap.
6. Decorate your Harley Davison luggage with a bandana
It doesn’t get any easier than this. Tie it in whatever way that appeals to you. Bandanas are popular right now, but silk scarves are also suitable.
7. Trompe l’oeil, or the French art of imitating reality by sketching artificial objects on actual ones
Make no attempt to make it flawless. The lines’ scribbled irregularity adds to the appeal. Draw pockets, stitching, chains, ribbons, medallions, or a new bag entirely. If you’re worried about making a mistake, draw your pattern in pencil on a piece of tissue paper, then transfer it to the bag and trace it with your paint pen.
The ink will leak through the paper, leaving you with a blurry connect-the-dots facsimile of your original sketch. Wait for the ink to completely dry before tracing over the entire image with your paint pen to avoid smudging.
8. Draw your own design on your bag
Acrylic craft paint works well on a variety of materials, including leather, cotton, and synthetics. Painter’s tape can be used to block out any geometric patterns or forms you wish to make, as well as to protect your hardware and other portions of the bag that you don’t want to get painted. Painter’s tape is fantastic since it is gentle on surfaces, but you may not obtain a perfectly sharp line, especially if your Harley Davidson purse has a texture, so make careful to apply it in small coats to avoid the paint leaking under the tape’s edge.
Pull up the tape once your Harley Davidson purse is dry to see what you’ve acquired. It’s not the end of the world if the colors have bled a little. That’s what happened with this bag, and I simply went with it, adding the wispy blue stripes and freehanding the faint yellow lines, and I believe it turned out much better.
However, there is a word of warning. Refrain from painting the entire bag. Instead, limit yourself to painting a single panel on the bag’s front. Have faith in me. If the paint is only utilized as an accent, your bag will appear much more expensive and sophisticated. Also, don’t paint the flap of the bag or the straps because they move too much and you don’t want the paint to chip.
9. Make a Harley Davison bag for urban glamping
This has all the makings of a summer music festival! Cover your bag with modern camping patches or, better yet, dig out your old Girl Scout uniform and get some merit badges. Replace standard zipper pulls with colorful friendship bracelets and add utilitarian charms like a compass, whistle, or even an adorable bottle opener.
10. Add a traditional guitar strap to Harley Davison’s luggage for a rock ‘n’ roll look
Sew the strap in place, or use carabiners, key rings, or whatever else you want to look at to make it less permanent. Guitar straps work well on larger bags, such as this one, but they also look excellent on smaller crossbodies.
11. Your Harley Davidson purse has rhinestones on it
To make your bag stand out even more, bedazzle the entire thing. Apply a thin layer of gem glue where you want your jewels to go with a bottle of gem glue. Cover the entire purse in faux rhinestones and diamonds from the craft store for a lovely, feminine effect.
Allow at least an hour for the glue to dry before using your bag to avoid losing gemstones.
If you don’t like the color or design of your bag, this is a fun method to hide it.
Make a monogram with your initials instead of covering your full bag if you don’t want to cover it all.
12. Swap out your bag drawstrings for something brighter and more exciting
You might have to cut the original drawstrings to free your Harley Davidson bag, but those are the breaks! Once you’ve gotten those out of the way, measure them to figure out how much cable (or ribbon, chain, or whatever you need) you’ll need, and buy a little extra just in case – you can always take away the excess, but you can’t add on.
Reusing the bag’s original drawstring toggles gives the completed product a polished look, but make sure your replacement cord isn’t too thick to fit through or too thin to keep the toggles in place.
Trim your cable to the desired length after threading it through the toggles, then apply a small amount of superglue to the end and attach a cord end. Do not cut the cord at the end. Yes, it’s an extra step, and size can be tough, but your bag will look ten times better with them than without, and you’ll never have to worry about frayed cords again.