As the weather warms, I always tend to go in a more bohemian direction with my accessories. This boring leather bag in particular was in need of an update but with a little creativity and about an hour of time, it’s now one of my favorite bags that will be ready to take on the summer festivities.
This tutorial is really so simple, I almost feel silly creating a tutorial for it! Before I started this project, I had already pre-made the tassels via my tutorial from last month HERE. Each tassel was so simple to make from old embroidery thread. You could realistically complete them in less time than it takes to drive to a craft store and buy them.
- A plain purse
- Fabric scissors
- Embellishments (or a belt) you like
- Coordinating Tassels (tutorial found HERE)
- E6000 Glue
What makes this project so fun is your ability to jump right into the creative part! Play with your embellishments and see where you want them, how far apart you’d like your tassels etc. right away. Then, cut your basic embellishment strip to fit lengthwise across the body of your purse.
Tip: Use a match to slightly burn the edges of your embellishment after it’s cut to size. This prevents it from fraying and saves you time because you won’t need to hem.
Once your embellishment is cut to the correct size, lay a thin layer of E6000 to secure it in place. Use binder clips to secure your fabric until the glue dries. When I’m shopping for supplies, I like to get the smaller sized E6000 glue rather than the full size bottles. It tends to make less of a mess and I never have the hassle of re-opening the bottle when I want to use it again and the cap is glued on.
Tip: If your bag is extra smooth, sand the areas you’ll be gluing lightly to make a more porous surface. This way, your glue will stick better.
Once the basic embellishment strip is glued on, gently slide your tassels in place, making sure they are securely fastened in the glue. Let dry for several hours before removing your binder clips.
Ta da! You now have a festive, colorful purse that’s ready for whatever comes your way!