Skip to Content

How to Upcycle a Soccer Ball into a Handbag

Discover how a soccer ball (football in the UK!) can be turned into a designer handbag!

This is a guest post written by Thomas Casadei della Chiesa of PangaeA Bags.

broken soccer balls to be made into handags

Rethinking Waste

We are surrounded by so many different forms, but we tend to consider them only for their obvious or original meaning.

We often struggle to reconsider them for another use.

We constantly buy items and we trash them when they no longer serve their original purpose.

soccer ball backpack

PangaeA tackles this issue by ‘hand recycling’ one of the most popular and recognized objects in the world: the soccer ball (football).

soccer ball handbag clutch
soccer ball handbag

Inspiration for the Soccerball Bags

soccer ball handbag

Inspired by a trip to Thailand and the inventive Thai people, an old leather soccer ball at the end of its life cycle was transformed into an original designer handbag.

When you think about it, the worn and laundered balloon, though not used anymore, still holds the memories and energy caused by joy and sorrow, laughter and tears, goals and fouls, love and hate.  

Making a Soccer Ball into a Handbag

To become a PangaeA product, each ball shell, recovered from playing fields all over Italy, goes through 4 manual processes (“handrecycled” n.d.r.) which make it colourful, lightweight, durable and water-repellent.

soccer ball to handbag
handbag from soccer ball

Cotton or nappa interior and leather trim enrich and enhance a unique and inimitable product.

In fact, even if treated in the same way, each PangaeA is unique.

The colour of each bag will depend not only on the type of balloon used as a base, but also by the wear in its history.

soccer ball to handbag

The manual handling of shells and the high quality of craftsmanship make this product a perfect mix for those who have sensitivity and respect for the surrounding but do not want to be deprived of the pleasure of wearing a luxury product.

hand recycling soccer ball to hand bag
recycled soccer ball handbag
upcycled soccer ball

From Garbage to Designer Style Handbag

soccer ball backpack

Each bag is packed in a bag of colored Panama fabric.

Pangea bags

A cotton wire cross is applied to this by hand which recalls the soccer net.

PangaeA, the name of the earth’s embryonic state before it divided into our present continents, recalls the concept of originality.

pangea bags

Just like PangaeA, the original balloon is also divided into other handbags and accessories in line with an original and unique design.

Pangaea bags

From worn out Soccer Ball to Handbag

soccer ball handbag

The line of PangaeA bags and accessories is born from the passion for the research of new shapes and new materials. Using the recycled material of soccer balls, the Pangaea model Africa barrel bag was a finalist in New York’s HANDBAG AWARDS 2018 design competition.

All products are rigorously designed, developed and sewn by hand in Italy.

You can find PangaeA Bags online here or on instagram here.

For more upcycled handbags see this guide to creating a handbag from a pair of old leather boots or check out these posts:

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

9 Reasons to Start an Upcycling Business...and why it needs to be online!

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

[…] Photo: PangeA Bags […]

DIY Handbag Ideas - 10 Upcycled Bags you can Make Yourself - Upcycle My Stuff

Monday 27th of July 2020

[…] Photos: PangaeA Bags […]

DIY Handbag Ideas - 10 Upcycled Bags you can Make Yourself - Upcycle My Stuff

Monday 4th of November 2019

[…] any good for playing with anymore. He gave us an insider look into how they are made in his guest blog which you can find here. It includes an amazing time lapse video of the construction […]

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.