I was making the rounds at a favorite thrift store a couple of weeks ago and I spotted a name brand summer handbag for $2. The inside was stained and grody, but the outside was in great shape. I remembered a post on Sara's blog - Go Gingham where she showed how to redo the inside of a bag. For two bucks, it was worth it to try venturing into something I hadn't done before. I am happy with the results. As long as you can take the lining out to use as a pattern, it is pretty much fool-proof. I even reused the zipper to make a pocket, added a key holder and made a cell phone pocket. Notice also that I was able to remove the label and reattach it.
Stained and disgusting inside