Just like with shoes, most women have a large purse collection. With all of the stuff we have to carry around, and the variety of occasions that come up, we need several different bags to accommodate our busy lives. But sometimes we get tired of the same styles of bags that everyone else has. Sometimes we want a bag that is really unique. The best way to accomplish this is by going the DIY route. With DIY projects, you can make your mark by incorporating your own personal style. If you’re looking for a fun DIY project that will contribute to your purse collection, try one of these 8 ideas!
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1. Sharpie Sticker Bags
Ok, these are totally fun and colorful! These pouches would be great for holding pencils or other small art supplies, or could even be used to carry chapstick, keys or small everyday items. Your tween(ager) would absolutely LOVE making these, so you could turn this DIY into a fun mother/daughter bonding project.
Head over to Honeybear Lane for the full tutorial.
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2. Placemat Tote Bag
Who knew you could actually turn a placemat into a bag? Mind. Blown. Before you toss those old placemats away, consider if they would be stylish enough to be turned into a tote bag. You could use this for grocery shopping, or packing snacks for a road trip.
Check out No Big Dill for instructions on making this.
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3. Ruffle Zipper Pouch
These are trendy, modern and really fun! You’ll need a sewing machine for this project, as well as fabric in whimsical prints. Carry your makeup, cash or other small items in this pouch, or make one for another fashionable female and give it as a gift!
You’ll find the complete project details over at See Kate Sew.
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4. Pyramid Wrist Bag
You certainly won’t find a pyramid shaped bag in any stores. All the more reason to make one! Everyone will be so amazed by it, that you’ll be the coolest trendsetter mom in town. And, this one is metallic leather, which is even more awesome. Add a bit of shimmer to date night by wearing this on your wrist, or carry it with you to a fancy dinner party.
If you visit A Splendid Assemblage, you’ll find all the info that you need for this DIY.
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5. Ombre Rope Bag
Need a hip bag to take with you to the pool? Or maybe you need something large to carry to the farmers’ market or around town? This rope bag is a great choice. You can put it together using any colors that you like, and adorn it with matching accessories. This project is a bit time consuming, but with a bag this cool, it’s totally worth it!
Check out the tutorial for this over on Honestly WTF.
6. Ribbon Makeup Bag
In search of a cute and girly bag to give as a gift? Any young girl or beauty queen would love this pretty ribbon makeup bag! You use satin ribbon in a weaving method similar to how placemats are made. Attach a zipper for closure, and voila!
Head over to stasbb for step-by-step instructions.
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7. Upcycled T-Shirt Bag
Oh, how I love a good upcycled project! Turn your favorite old t-shirts into totally stylish bags with this project. Even the handles are made from the tees! This would make a cute beach tote or bag for carrying books home from the library.
Chi Chi Dee Handmade has the directions for making this, which includes a video tutorial.
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8. Necktie Zipper Pouch
We don’t hear about many men carrying “man bags,” but I bet we’ll start seeing a few holding necktie pouches soon! This idea is so creative, and could totally be used in place of a traditional wallet for men. Before you let the men in your home get rid of their ties, ask if you can have them for a special project. Then surprise them with a chic, manly bag they’ll be proud to carry!
Get over to Polka Dot Chair to learn everything you need to know about making these.