Believe it or not I rarely know exactly how a project will turn out until it’s totally completed.
Everything I create begins with a little prodding at the back of my brain that soon transforms itself into a ginormous series of shoves until I’m able to grab the necessary gear and get makin’!
And so it was with that ruffled bit of upcycled awesomeness above.
Any idea what my shove-y brain insisted I use to create that fab little tote?
I’d been searching for the perfect carry-on to join me on my upcoming adventures but was having a hard time finding a bag that met all of my strict criteria:
- large enough to hold the vast & varied in-flight/travel necessities for the munchkin & myself yet small enough to pass the airline’s carry-on size restrictions
- colourfully awesome, totally unique looking and second hand
As my charity shop karma was just not happening I busted out my online thrifting tips and scored this beauty in no time flat:
A fabulously colourful patchwork duffel bag described “as-new”scored for €5 including shipping!
Unfortunately when it arrived the condition was a far cry from “as-new” & it was missing the shoulder strap – fortunately my refashionista brain came up with a few groovy ideas to transform that worn out duffel into the perfect carry on bag!
Here’s what I did:
As hard as I try I simply can’t resist the lure of the €1 bag bin at my fave charity shop. Rummaging through those tangled straps always reveals a hidden vintage treasure.
Although not always in perfect condition my retro beauties can easily be spruced up with a bit of refashionista creativity:
Discover my 3 simple methods for adding a fabulous chain strap to those vintage clutches, bags & coin purses:
Santa left me an almost perfect prezzie under the tree…
a butter soft vintage handbag large enough to tote my necessities about!
Unfortunately it was missing the shoulder strap…
Fortunately this DIY diva came up with lickety split solution:
I like to wear my bags hands-free messenger style so a long, adjustable strap was a must!
Here’s what I did:
Planning a cozy bash in your humble abode?
Check out my top DIYs to make your New Year’s Eve party shine over on That Cheap Bitch!
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This groovy project would also make a fab last minute gift!
Take your boots from boring to brilliant with my crazy quick crocheted embellishment:
Grab some leftover yarn and let’s get makin’!
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Click the lists below & revisit my perfectly poetic last minute makes from last year and DIY thrifty (yet oh-so-amazing) prezzies for the whole clan!
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‘Tis definitely the season for DIY and I’m simply bursting with upcycled gift ideas!
Check out my totally adorable refashioned sweater tote tutorial over at That Cheap Bitch and cross a present off your list!