Is it just us, or has every blogger and celeb (even Beyoncé) carried a circle straw bag for months? Yep, the woven trend is real and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. While we could certainly go out and treat ourselves to a new purse, “Why buy when you can DIY?”
Below, we’ve come up with an easy DIY circle straw bag, which is actually made out of two rattan trivets! (Cool, right?) Keep reading for all the materials you’ll need, plus step-by-step directions.
- 2 Rattan Pot Holders, 7 inches wide each ($22)
- ¼ yard beige leather
- 3 yards braided cord
- needle and thread
- wooden bead
Time to break out that high school geometry knowledge! Measure a piece of leather that has a width of four inches and a length of ¾ of the trivet’s circumference. A circle’s circumference is 2πr, and the circumference for our seven-inch-wide pot holder is 43.98 inches. Divide that by ¾ and our length of the leather is about 33 inches. Once measured, cut out the strip of leather.
Hem the short edges of the leather with a needle and thread. Now here is the slightly tricky part. Stitch the long edge of the leather to the trivet’s edge using a blanket stitch. Continue until the whole long edge of the leather is sewn on.
Place the second trivet on the leather and stitch on.
Measure two strips of braided cord to the desired purse strap length. Hand stitch each end to the purse to create straps.
Stitch on the bead to the top end of a trivet with a needle and thread or a piece of braided cord.
Take another piece of braided cord and make a loop that is long enough to extend from one side of the bag to the other side. Stitch the loop’s ends on the trivet.
Ta-Da! Time for adventure!
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DIY Production and Styling: Irene Lee
Photography: Chris Andre