Take a Creative class with Crystalyn at Sew Expo

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Up-cycle a Coat into a Purse:

purse-making supplies zipper purse feet and clips

FRIDAY, 2:00 - 4:30 PM (PST)

SUNDAY, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (PST)

Have a favorite coat or jacket that no longer fits? Let Crystalyn show you how you can deconstruct any jacket into a useful purse! You provide the jacket and a sewing machine, and we’ll supply the rest! Please come prepared with a washed coat (or vintage genuine leather for the over-achievers!). Crystalyn can help you find the perfect material for your purse if you don’t have something in mind.

  1. Register for the class here ( click "tickets")
  2. Purchase this kit 
  3. Make sure you have ready:

For leather you will also need:


optional: fray check (or use your serger sewing machine)

  • Teflon sheet to protect iron/heat press from interfacing glue


Homework. Choose a vintage coat or leather jacket to deconstruct. If choosing leather, check the underside to ensure it is genuine leather, which will look like suede on the underside. Intermediate. Requires sewing machine. 



Make A Flower Pin Brooch:

make a flower pin DIY leather and fabric scraps


THURSDAY, 3:00 - 3:45 PM (PST)

SATURDAY, 1:00 - 1:45 PM (PST)

Learn how to make a flower pin brooch using leather, fabric, and vintage buttons to create a sentimental keepsake. We’ll walk you through each step of the process, discuss types of fabrics that work best, demonstrate cutting and layering techniques to create a visually-striking composition. We’ll also share tips on how you can up-cycle old clothes or leather garments. We will offer a kit which provides materials and hardware to make a set of flower pins; all you need are scissors and a glue gun

  1. Register for the class here ( click "tickets")
  2. Purchase this kit 
  3. Make sure you have these items on hand:


  • feathers, beads or vintage buttons to embellish
  • fray check to seal edges of raw fabric

Download the optional Templates here: 

6 sided flower and star


5 sided flowers

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About Crystalyn Kae

Crystalyn Kae Brennan Crystalyn is a handbag designer in Seattle, WA. Her sustainable luxury handbags are made in USA with ethically-sourced leather and unique vintage fabrics. Read more »

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