Leather Laptop Bag from Thrifted Messenger Bag

Leather Laptop Bag Makeover from Thrifted Messenger Bag - Giving new life and purpose to a thrifted satchel or messenger bag into a brand new Leather Laptop bag with multiple purposes. Makeover & DIY. Macbook Air.

I recently purchased a new Macbook Air, well not entirely new, it was actually purchased from Apple.com via their refurbished section (US Link & AU Link). Did you know you can get a refurbished MacBooks for a discounted price? I didn’t until I was researching my new purchase and stumbled across this section of the online store. Basically they are as-new Apple products that were returned due to a manufacturing issues, and given a complete overhaul (i.e: brand new parts with an extended warranty) and resold. I cannot say how happy I am with my purchase, it looks brand new, and I bet no-one would ever know that I got it at a bargain price (well, except for now).

But alas, I digress, the point of this post wasn’t to brag about how cheap I am when buying technologies, but to discuss my new favourite thrifted purchase. It goes without saying that after purchasing my new laptop, I needed a laptop bag to store my latest gadget when travelling – in particular I wanted a leather laptop bag. I started doing some research online, and I have to admit that buying a leather laptop bag wasn’t easy (or cheap). It was then that I came to the realisation that I already owned the perfect bag!

Last year I purchased a large leather messenger bag in tan from my local thrift store, I actually had no use for it at the time but knew I had to have it because, well, it was gorgeous. The downside to this tale was the fact that because it had been hanging on my coat-stand for the last year, near a window, it had actually been damaged by the sun. Determined to make it work, I hit the internet again and I found my saviour on eBay – Scratch Doctor’s Leather Colour Restorer. Good ole’ eBay to the rescue, and the results were impressive. Scratch Doctor’s Leather Colour Restorer not only conditioned and brightened up the damaged area but gave the whole bag a new life. The tan colour was perfect, and really brought my thrifted purchase up to date… and usable again!


As per the description on eBay – Scratch Doctor’s Leather Colour Restorer is an easy to use solution for restoring colour to faded and worn leather. The restorer is simply rubbed into the leather with a soft cloth. Scratch Doctor’s Leather Colour Restorer soaks into the the leather restoring the colour of the leather.

First ensure the leather is clean. Apply Colour Restorer with a clean cloth in a circular motion to ensure penetration. This is enough to completely restore the colour. Then, take a clean cloth and buff the surface of the leather, ensuring there is no excess left on the leather.

Leather Colour Restorer can be used on all different articles of leather, from furniture and car interior to clothes, shoes, handbags and even equestrian leathers. It works on all colours of leather and all different grain types. 



The leather messenger bag, I had already purchased, actually is lined inside with a velvet like material which adds padding and protection to for Macbook Air. With two divided areas inside to seperate my cords from the computer itself, makes this bag perfect! Needless to say I am very happy to have found what I was looking for in my spare room. And, as always, I love finding bargain items at my local thrift store… but that goes without saying.

So next time you are looking for a new Leather Laptop Bag, maybe you too should head to your local thrift store and see if you can find a pre-loved satchel or messenger bag looking for a new lease on life. Alternatively to save you the trouble I have put together a few leather messenger bags I have found online, with link to purchase below. You’re welcome!



1. Leather Crossbody Satchel Messenger Bag Laptop Crocodile New Womens Mens LYNE

2. Vintage Leather messenger bag, 80s brown leather bag

3. 80s Leather Messenger / Vintage 1980 Brown Leather

4. Black Leather MESSENGER Bag 70s Shoulder Satchel Vintage

Founder of the Vintage at Heart blog – Kacey loves to share with you her journey through the ever-changing adventures of life as she explores motherhood, repurpose thrift store finds, and discover how to have a more sustainable home.


  1. Sheila Jo
    November 15, 2016

    Great thrift find! Glad you were able to bring it back to life!

  2. ambika wolf
    November 24, 2016

    Wonderful finds!

  3. Sam
    December 28, 2016

    Love that you found what you were looking for in your own home! Love even more that it was thrifted! Very pretty messenger bag!



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