Thrift stores are full of old leather belts, jackets and purses that are so far out of style / size / this decade (!) that no one really wants them. So they're often insanely cheap. Here's my challenge to you: I've gathered 23 projects for you. If you leave this post without being inspired to dig out that old jacket ... or rush out and thrift one of those poor old leather items, I'll bite down on something ...
Old belt + button and applique = classic cuff. Just one of many inspiring leather upcycles at Studio Waterstone.
Old belt + old books = a PURSE! Yup, don't be fooled. The books have been hollowed out to create a purse!
Old leather belts + old leather belts = bookshelf! Awesome concept! I think it would look great created with joined, mismatched old belts. Via Apartment Therapy.
Old leather belts + dull container = vase! I love the juxtaposition here - so simple. Somehow very feminine. And very easy to recreate! Via HomeJelly
Old leather belt + repurposed hardware = dog collar! Let's not ignore the obvious. Your old belt can very easily be Scout's new collar. Instructions at Readymade.
Old dog leash + new hardware = skinny belt! Fun twist on the theme right? Instructions at CraftSnob
Old leather belt + paint = drawer pulls. I love the white-dark-wood combination. Complete DIY at Bunches of Joy. Also take a look at the lovely rustic version at The Improvised Life
Old leather belt + old pillow slips = new tote. Again, the simplicity of this idea is awesome! Via Sunset Girl Design
Woven rug + old belt = tote. Complete how-to at We Can Redo It
Woven placemat + belt = cute messenger bag. Instructions at Sincerely Kinsey
Old leather belt + spraypaint = new neon cuff! You need to see the before on this one (think purple leather)! Head to Boat People Boutique for instructions.
Old polo shirt + belt = new bag! How great is that! Thanks to FabYouBliss for the how-to
Old drawer + old belt = rockin' new shelf. I LOVE this. thanks to Clones n Clowns
Old belt = new camera strap! Instructions by Wilma
Or make a neat, simple wrist strap version ... instructions stored on Flickr
Old belt + hardware = new necklace. Go make it.
Old belt + keychain hardware = new luggage tag! Such a smart re-use. Instructions at ManHandsLizzie
Lots of leather scraps + instructions = new headband. Get the how-to at MissieKrissie
Old leather belts + time = new napkin rings. Instructions at craftaholicsanonymous
Ok - not leather. I have seen a leather version of this somewhere, but I love the whimsy that results from using colorful fabric belts. Via theFashionSpine
Old purse + old book pages = tiny book pendants. This is a detailed tutorial - I'm in awe. Thanks to Awesome Sauce & Asshattery (get's my vote for blog name of the month!)
Delia Creates to see everything she made from one jacket. And get all the instructions too.
One more cuff from Studio Waterstone. Look closely - it's the zipper surrounding from a deconstructed bag / purse.