Every time I got to the beach, I scramble to find an appropriate bag. My canvas totes aren’t large enough and my purses are not beach worthy. I found this straw bag at a Goodwill for $5, depending on what you have around the house, this upcycled could cost anywhere from $5 – $12. I absolutely love my new bag. I can’t wait to stuff it full of snacks and beachy goodness.
Things you’ll need:
Flat Head Screw Driver
1/8 in. Suede Cord
Shirt or Tank (the bottom width should measure the same as mouth of bag)
Step 1: Find yourself a nice sturdy beach bag.
Step 2: Remove the handle rivets. I used a flathead screwdriver to loosen the top of the rivet and pulled it apart using pliers. Not the easiest job, but well worth the trouble.
Step 3: Take your suede cord and cut into 18 even lengths. Tape down 9 sections at a time to a table and braid using 3 lengths as 1 strand.
Step 4: Use the holes left from your rivets and thread the sections from your leather braid through them. If you need to make them a little bigger, use your scissors. Tie knots on the end on the strands and trim.
Step 5: If your bag has lining that you think is pretty gross or just want a new clean liner, use a seam ripper and remove it. Then take your bag and lay it over your t-shirt or tank. Measure a few inches below the bag and cut.
Step 6: Turn the shirt inside out and sew the bottom.
Step 7: Sew the shirt to inside of bag. I followed the holes left from the seam I removed, this seemed a lot easier than trying to create a new straight line.