The winter weather keeps us under control, and that’s exactly why I’d like to introduce you today to an upcycling project that brings a little summery mood to this dreary January weather with colorful colors and festival flair.
As is the case with many women, I have too many handbags, of which I use only a few regularly. When I recently discovered a beautiful, colorful boho-style bag while surfing the internet, I remembered this “too much” of bags just in time before clicking on the “buy” button. “I can do that kind of boho, too”, I thought to myself and immediately found in the depths of my wardrobe a simple black bag, which urgently needed a makeover due to some very noticeable traces of wear. The material needed for the beautification project depends entirely on your personal taste. I’m off to the creative shop and after some inspiration I decided to go for a combination of tassels and sequins and a mix of green, red and champagne.
If you like my version of the boho look, you will now learn how you can quickly and easily bring a worn-out handbag back to life:
I have chosen a small envelope bag. The size is ideal because the effort is limited here. In addition, a monochrome bag is more suitable than a patterned one, as it provides a more beautiful background. As you can see, the bag actually had a ribbon to put on. But I decided that at the end, because I like the boho look better than a clutch bag. Although my bag has a flexible strap that can be easily clipped on and off, but also sewed straps can usually be easily removed with a clean paper cut.
To decorate you need a larger tassel, golden sequins, thread in the color of the sequins and a few pretty colorful ribbons. Since I am a true fringe fan, I have chosen bands with mini fringes. Unfortunately my sequins are only made of plastic, of course your bag will be really great if you use small metal plates instead.
The fringe bands are first cut to size in the appropriate length …
… and then glued on. For this, use your textile glue and apply it point by point to the back of your tapes.
Then place on the desired position and press firmly. The textile glue needs something until it is really dry, before that it is still correctable. So make sure that your ribbons do not slip as you handle the rest of the bag.
To attach the sequins, I first sewed the thread on the outermost edge of the bag …
… and then threaded the sequins. Of course, you can glue the sequins directly to the bag without threading it, but the thread will reduce the risk of losing the sequins later during the use of the bag. Fix the threaded discs additionally with a small Kleks textile glue. Here, quiet fingers are in demand, because until the glue is dry, the sequins are unfortunately very flexible if you accidentally touched them.
So row by row is designed with the sequins. At the end of each row you simply fix the thread as at the beginning on the outside of the bag.
I continued the rows until the bag was closed. Unfortunately, I had a little too little of the sequins, otherwise I would probably have stuck the bag to the opening. However, since one hardly ever sees this part of the bag, that did not mean anything to me. Instead…
… the sequin layer came to a close with a pretty ribbon, so it is now framed above and below.
The rest of the tassel ribbons found their place on the rollover of the bag. One small difficulty here was the uneven fabric (as you can see in picture 1), but even if the bag to be covered has a structure, it can still be decorated, you just have to decide on a “deformation situation” that you will then stuck consistently, without stripping the bag in between or similar. It is best not to touch it after applying the decoration until the glue has completely dried.
Finally, the big tassel is attached to the side. If your bag does not have a ring or hook on the side, then the tassel just sews on the side of the bag with a few stitches.