I don’t know how to pack light. It’s just not a thing I am capable of. I only know how to pack like, super heavy. I will bring everything on God’s green earth in a suitcase if I can make it fit. When I was in college I’d fly from Oklahoma City to Houston quite a bit but it was most often for a weekend or the summer and, well, it was my parents’ house where I had everything I already needed there. I’d bring a few of my favorite clothes in a backpack but I had virtually everything I needed so I rarely brought much of anything with me besides a smile.
So I never really got any practice. When I’d drive the 2.5 hours from my house to my sister’s house I’d pack a gigantic suitcase because I wanted to be prepared for anything. Heaven forbid I might have to drive 2.5 hours back home to get something so I’d pack it all. I try to think it’s because the weather in Oklahoma is so crazy that I’ve acquired this terrible over packing habit. I mean for Christmas I’ll pack shorts and a puffer coat because you never know if you’re going to be riding the go kart around the house on Christmas morning or taking a “sink bath” (I don’t know what to call it because the phrase I use is terribly inappropriate for here) because it’s so cold with snow packed on all sides of the house that the hot water heater can’t make the water warm enough to be comfortable.
So here I am trying to pack for a trip to the Caribbean and I have my gigantic to Oklahoma suitcase FULL to the brim. I sadly tell Mr. Rob that I’ve over-packed and when he sees my suitcase he says “well, if it fits in a suitcase it can’t be all that bad.” And then he carries out to my car my duffel bag and the few loose items like my flippers I couldn’t manage to fit. Um, oops?
After realizing this would NOT work I had to open up all of my bags to work this business out. I mean, I packed 18 pairs of panties for 7 nights. I honestly can’t explain why I did that but now it looks certifiably crazy. But in my re-packing I haven’t been able to choose black or brown accessories and it has proven to be JUST TOO MUCH for me to handle. :) So I purchased the perfect black and brown reversible purse from Amazon, got it in my Prime loving 2 days and then got it int he mail and was all, um, what?
Here’s my purse, straight out of the packaging. Cool, right? Now I thought the strap was reversible but it turns out it’s not. Womp, womp. But that’s okay because after inspection, this happens:
Erm, what? I thought I bought a bag that was black on one side, brown on the other, with a reversible strap. When I first saw it I thought, hey, this Calvin Klein fellow is a genius. But then I get it and it’s 2 bags with one strap that matches only one of the bags. The confusion sets in and I head back to the item’s description to see what the heck is freaking up. Did they send me the wrong thing? Can I just not read descriptions accurately? In truth, I’m still not sure what happened but after starting the return process I decided that I could fix this. That I could make it better. And guess what? I did. And guess what else? It’s the PERFECT travel purse because I have both a black and brown purse in one after I doctored it up. Want to see how?
For this project you will need:
- Calvin Klein Reversibles Zip Top Pebble Crossbody
- Black Adjustable Strap
- Leather Cement (I used Fiebing’s)
- Binder clips
- Paper towels
I researched adhesives and I considered using just a super strong glue, but in the end I went with Fiebing’s Leathercraft Cement. A review that stated that a user tried to take 2 glued pieces apart and wound up literally ripping the leather on one side instead proved to me that this stuff means business. And since the last thing you want is your purse falling apart so that you can have cell phones and wallets flinging out, that’s the kind of crazy hold you’re going to want. I couldn’t find it anywhere to purchase quickly online, so I got mine with a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby.
This stuff technically dries clear but where it gums up it’s kind of cloudy and appears sort of white, so keep that in mind as you work. This stuff is also very liquid, loose and flow-y which means you can make a HUGE mess. The directions state to apply glue to both pieces to be adhered but that is just asking for trouble in this project (trust me, like it’s a freaking MESS).
For the best results I suggest applying glue around the sides and bottom of one of the purses (be sure to remove the straps, first and stick the zipper toggle thingamabob inside of the bag to keep out of the way.
Sandwich the two purses together, taking care that they match up perfectly. And that’s the beauty of these being good quality, Calivin Klein bags, they are perfectly the same size, not off in the least!
As you squeeze these together wipe away any obviously excess glue that seeps out.
Next grab a stack of medium sized binder clips and start going around and around the purse to clamp the two together. Keep the pressure in on the already stitched seams to keep the glued line nice and neat. You might have more seepage to clean up as you go.
*Quick tip – 18 medium binder clips will perfectly fit around the purse so that you have pressure connecting to every possible point of the purse for the best seal.
Use a clean paper towel or 2 and remove the excess glue from inside of the purse, taking care to gingerly get near your clipped “seam”. Too much pressure and you’ll pop the clips off and have to start over. You don’t want to remove all of the glue, just get the wild and crazy stuff that would keep you from being able to use this area like a pocket later on.
Allow the glue to dry at least 24 hours. I went 48 just to be safe. Remove the clips and give the purse a good yank. Does it stay together because mine is going nowhere.
Take a look around the outside of your purse. Some places you might have had a bit of seepage go unseen you will have these kind of unsightly kind of clear blobs. Bigger ones you might be able to scrape away with a fresh razor blade. Smaller ones I’d leave unless it’s just driving you nuts.
Now Rob and I talked about painting the underside of my strap black so that I just flip that sucker in and out but I totally forgot and ordered a new strap. So I’ve got one purse and 2 straps which isn’t terribly convenient but I also don’t have the buckle of my strap sitting funny when I turn it upside down. I’m on the fence and I might still paint the one strap so I don’t have to keep track of 2.
For now I just switch that strap out and turn it the right color out and I’m perfectly matchy-matchy. Great, right? Because I’m SO digging it!
Oh and that center part is the perfect pocket to keep my things I need to get to quickly like my phone and my car keys. It doesn’t close up currently, it’s just an open pocket so I’m strongly considering adding a snap in there. We’ll see how it goes.
Until then, I’ve got to go and sort out my over packing situation. At least I know what purse I’m taking! :)