DIY!! Dying Leather Balenciaga Handbag

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I was browsing my Balenciaga photos, wishing I had the funds for another, when I came across my pics of when I dyed my Work bag last year. It turned out well, so I’m going to share it with you!! I would assume the same process would work for most leather goods.

What I used:

  • Fiebing Penetrating Leather Dye in Black
  • Terrago Leather Prep (came with my dye)
  • Terrago Self-Shine Dye in Black
  • A stick sponge or two
  • Small paint brush
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • A few paper garbage bags

How I did it:

  1. Cut the paper bags and put them on the hard surface you’re going to work on. This will get messy.
  2. Clean the leather with the terrago preparer (comes with the dye). Make sure it is as clean as you can get it. You need to get all of that nasty hand oil off of the handle or the dye will not take!!
  3. Put on two coats of the Fiebing penetrating leather dye. Allow to dry between coats. Don’t worry if you get some on the hardware. We’ll clean that off later.
  4. When the bag is completely dry, put something moderately heavy in it (I used a few small books), and hang it on a doornob. This will stretch the leather out a bit to help prevent it from becoming too stiff. It’ll also insure that your last coat will get in all the small spaces!!
  5. After about 24 hours of hanging, you’re ready for the Terrago self-shine dye. Put on a coat and allow to dry. You can put on a second coat if needed.
  6. After the bag is completely dry, its time to clean off all of the hardware. Put a little alcohol on the cotton swabs and clean away. It should come right off.
  7. If the bag is a little stiff (mine was), you can roll it a few times and put on a few coats of leather conditioner. The bag will soften up with use!!
The Pics:

Hope you had a little fun with this DIY!!