Today’s Tutorial: The Rag Bag

Allright everyone, here is the beginning of the Sunday tutorials. My goal is to do this as often as I can. Of course, I might do some during the week as well, but at least every Sunday. Here is the final outcome of today’s tutorial:

End Result

It was inspired by none other than a purse on Anthropologie.com (which by the way is $298!):

It’s so simple to do, I didn’t even need to take a bazillion pictures of how to do it. It comes out cute and super quick, so instant gratification. All you need to know how to do is cut and knot!

1. Look through your closet, a thrifstore, etc. and find a purse that has a crochet/knit type of look. (Or, you could crochet, knit a bag yourself. I was just too lazy to do that). I found mine at a thrift store for $4 and it was in perfect condition. There were a ton more like it there too, in all sorts of sizes!

Before

2. Cut up a bunch of strips of fabric. I cut mine roughly 18″ long and 2″ wide. Some I made a little skinnier though because the material was thicker. I cut up two shirts (from the thrift store), a scarf (my mom had given me a while back to use for crafts), and some lace and silk fabric scraps I had. Ribbon could work too. Then you only have to cut the length.

3. Begin knotting the strips of fabric on. I started with strips I cut up from a shirt and then just filled in from there. I tried to do them in rows, although, there are a few that are not on “a row” I made. Just fill it in to your liking.

Beginning to tie on the fabric strips

4. Trim the bottom pieces so they are all even and you are done.

After

I like my new purse

Happy Sunday!

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Comments

  1. Jennifer says

    Jessica,
    What a cute purse! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make it too. Now I know what I can do with some of my leftover scraps that are hangin’ around.

  2. Cami says

    Very nice! I like your take on it. I saw the original purse in the Anthropologie catalog and thought “I could make that!” You really did it! :o)

  3. Molly says

    That is totally fantastic. Bohemian chic. :) And no offense to Anthropologie but yours is way better – more affordable AND better looking? Umm yes, yes it is!

  4. Happy Together says

    “how many rows did you do?”

    I officially did five rows, but I added a few others to place that I thought needed it. I wanted it to be full, but not too full.

    Thanks everyone :)

  5. Happy Together says

    “Did you do both sides of the purse, or just the one side like Anthropologie?”

    I just did one side like Anthropologie. I wouldn’t have had enough fabric to do both sides anyways, so it worked out :)

  6. Anonymous says

    It was very interesting for me to read this blog. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

  7. millievanillie says

    Feel like a genius when I can re-do something and give it a new life. You have done that with this purse. It is a caring thing to do. I am currently making old doors into various things. Thanks for the tip on thrift store items.

    • Jessica Fediw says

      I just left them to fray because I like the look and since it has only been spot cleaned they haven’t frayed much extra at all. I say just cut according to your preference of raw edges :)

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