Who isn't loving clear bags right now? Oh, probably people that have sh!t to hide! LOL! Check out my newest handbag. It's fresh and modern. It's rustic with a 70's feel. A fun colored pouch means there's no need to show the world your tampons and loose change!
-Clear box (mine is a bead storage container from JoAnns)
-Iron/ ironing board
-Sewing machine or needle & thread
-Decorative bead (optional)
-Wood burner or torch and sharp metal poker
-Peel and Stick fabric fuse (optional)
Start by gluing the hinges/ clasp onto your clean box. Tape in place. Leave overnight.
Find a branch. I found mine in our yard. Use a saw to cut your branch handle to the size you want.
Sand your handle smooth. Dry fit your eyelet screws- meaning put them in where you want them. Then, take them back out. Polyurethane your handle outside or in a well ventilated area.
While we wait for those to dry properly, we'll work on the colorful pouch!
Use the size of your clear box as a guide. My box is 9" by 6". Cut 4 pieces of colorful fabric. The fabric I'm using for this project is quite thin, so I also cut 4 pieces of interfacing. This is an optional step.
Iron the fabric and interfacing according to the package directions. Press hard with the iron otherwise you won't get a good bond.
Head over to your sewing machine or grab your needle & thread. I was lucky to have a cute helper waiting for me at my machine! That's Hulk, one of our pitbulls!
You are going to make 2 pouches. One for the interior and one exterior. Take two pieces of your colorful fabric. Lay them pattern sides together. Sew along three sides of your pouch. (my threads are different colors cuz I ran out mid-sew. Also, my interfacing doesn't reach the tippy top of the fabric. I wasn't worried about this cuz I knew I was gonna fold that into the hem.) Do this for both pouches.
Turn one pouch right-side out. Place the inside-out pouch inside the other pouch.
Use a pen or chopstick to push out the corners nicely.
Fold the raw edges under. This will be your hem. Pin in place.
Add extra stability to your magnetic clasp with a piece of felt.
Cut two pieces of felt the size of the clasp. Then, sandwich the felt between the clasp layers after cutting two small slits for the prongs to fit through.
Use pliers to press the prongs down. In or out, it doesn't really matter.
Do the same thing for the other side of the clasp.
At this point, you can sew or peel n' stick your hem down.
Now that your branch is dry (next day), add your eyelet hooks.
Time to add chain! Use your pliers to open the chain link. Loop this onto the branch eyelet. Close link with pliers. Do on both sides.
Looks like a necklace! LOL!
If you have a decorative bead or beads, cut a piece of wire and loop one end. Add your bead. Then close with another loop.
Add your decorative bead to your chain by opening the chain links again.
Use a wood burning tool or a torch and a sharp metal utensil to poke holes in your clear box.
Let the wood burner heat up or heat the metal utensil with the torch until the end is glowing red. Be super careful! Carefully, poke the hot poker through the plastic. Do this outside or in a well ventilated area. The fumes from this step are super bad for you to inhale.
To secure the chain to the box, I used more wire. I folded a piece of wire in half, poked it through the hole, and opened the wire up wide. I snipped the long ends and added E6000 to hold the wire in place and keep it from coming undone.
Add your pouch and you are done! This was such a fun and creative project!
What do you think? What would you do differently?
Until next time,
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