Method for Making a Do It Yourself Crossbody Bag

Method for Making a Do It Yourself Crossbody Bag

Placemats! Some time ago I bought thick and colored placemats at Anthro, for sale for 4.95 each. And until last week, they were sitting in my handmade closet, basically to collect dust.

But then Amelia grabbed her and put her in this cool little shoulder bag and I wonder why we didn’t tackle this project sooner. It was so simple and very economical, since all the combined materials cost less than.

Materials for shoulder bag

  • 2 matching placemats (preferably woven for thickness, texture and easy hand sewing – mine are from the Anthro sales department)
  • Coordinated color embroidery thread
  • large needle
  • Leather Handbag Strap (I had an extra lugging of a cross-purse turned clutch)
  • Scissors

How to make a shoulder bag

1. Place the doilies on top of each other, inside out and thread a large needle with embroidery thread.

2. Start along the bottom seam and sew the two doilies together with a blanket or a back stitch. I made a point of reporting, for informational purposes only. See Apartment therapy for instructions on various sewing techniques (including a topstitch).

Note: Make sure that the placemats remain aligned. Your seam should be about 1 inch from the edge of the doily.

3. Drive along the sides of the placemats, but stop your point about 8 inches from the top of the bag. Here you attach the buckles to your belt.

4. Once all three sides are sewn together, carefully turn your bag to the right side.

5. For the strap, cut 2 3-inch strips of fabric (I used passementerie in the bag, but you can also use small pieces of leather or any other fabric that you dragged with you).

The width of the fabric tape does not have to be super thick, just durable, since it is essentially responsible for holding the tape.

6. Form a loop with the first strip of fabric and tuck it between the open seams of the placemats. Make sure it’s just above where your seam ended (about 8 inches from the top of your bag).

This will allow you to fold the upper part of your bag, and the strap will sit correctly.

7. Pull out the buckle so that it barely appears outside the bag. Carefully sew on the fabric loop (I doubled my backstitch to ensure its strength) and continue your cover or backstitch to the top of the bag.

This can be difficult because you need to sew from the inside of the bag so that the seam matches what you have already done.*

8. Once the buckles are securely fastened and the bag is sewn, thread the strap of your handbag through the buckles and the button or buckle.

9. Press the corners of the bottom of the bag to keep it flat, fold it and you are ready to go!

* If the strap of your handbag does not have a button, as mine, you may need to fasten the handbag to the fabric buckles before sewing it into the handbag. Be sure to plan this before you tie the loops.

** Note: Different tissue types may require a different technique. You can easily use a sewing machine for finer placemats, add a lining, a clasp, you name it!


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