Verdict: This bag is bitchin'. I've actually been calling it a briefcase. My idea was to do a full "jail" outfit for the STRUT Fashion Show in Burlington. I wanted to pair this bag with b/w business attire. I wanted to play with the idea of being jailed or stuck in your 9-5 job. I've had this idea for awhile..... Geez, I wonder why? Hate my job much? Feel stuck and jailed much? Um....yeah, gotta pay my bills much.
-Wooden box (Joanns)
-Satin lining (Joanns)
-Satin ribbon (Joanns)
-Closer hardware (Hardware store)
-Hot glue gun & glue
-Craft stapler & staples (Joanns)
-Needle and thread
-Craft chain (Joanns)
-Spray glue (Joanns)
-Computer & printer
-Decorative tacks (Walmart)
Start by removing all hardware from your box. Cut two vinyl pieces big enough to wrap your box. Pull the vinyl tight and staple in the middle of each side to secure.
You are going to only want to fold the bottom corners of the box right now. Snip a square chunk from the corner to help get rid of excess vinyl.
Take your time folding the corners. You don't want wrinkles or bulges.
Readjust and clip more square chunk if needed. Staple down the folded corner.
I'm lucky to have a handy boyfriend. I had him remove the original links. He put one cuff end in his press thingy. I think it's called a vise. Then used a screwdriver to pry open the links and remove. I could have done this part myself. I thought the metal would be super tough considering these are real police cuffs, according to the company I bought from. Anyway, I bet you can handle this part.
I put my BF to work again for this step too. I didn't want the handcuffs to open ever again. I didn't want the cuffs to adjust and open or close further. I didn't want to have to use the keys.... ever. I had my BF weld a tiny dot to keep the cuffs from ever opening again. This part I couldn't do by myself. He has taught me to weld, but never by myself and never this tiny and precise.
Cut two small strips of vinyl. These will be the straps that hold the cuffs.
Remove all staples from the top edge of your box. Or just don't staple it down in the first place. I did, just because it keeps everything nice, tidy, and in place. Now, place your straps where you want them to sit and sew with a needle and thread.
Don't forget to add your cuff before you sew down your second side of strap.
Sew both straps on and staple this side of your vinyl to the box.
Time to add new chain!
Now for the lining! Cut two pieces of lining much like you did for the vinyl. I used spray glue to adhere.
You can trim any excess lining with scissors or utility knife. Using your glue gun, hot glue your satin ribbon over your raw edges. Place the two meeting ribbon ends in a corner. Fold the ends of the ribbon for a clean edge.
I wanted to add something more to the front of this briefcase. I toyed with different words: "life", "inmate", "prisoner". I decided on "guilty". I image google searched "guilty stamp" and came up with many options.
I printed my word on cardstock. It's thicker and heavier than regular paper. It makes good stencil paper.
Using a utility knife, carefully cut out the letters or pattern you choose.
Use spray glue to place your word on your box. Make sure you place it the correct way. No one wants a bag with backwards words. Use a stiff dry paint brush to stipple black paint into the empty areas. I used speedball screen printing paint just because I had it in my craft supplies. If I hadn't, I would have used acrylic. Screen printing paint is super thick and professional looking.
Carefully remove the outer stencil paper. Do this while the paint is still wet. I used tweezers to carefully pull up the inner word stencil.
Put that be-ach back together! I did have to get slightly longer screws because the vinyl is thick and made the screws not grab like they should. I had these longer screws laying around from other projects, but you can hit up your hardware store and get what you need.
It's in the details, right? I added decorative tacks to the top. This also helped with strength. I did have to cut the tacks down a smidge because they were so long, they would have poked through the box. I used tin snips to cut the tip off the tack. Then I pushed the tack through the vinyl, using a hammer to tap them into place.
Time to finish this pig off. I found the middle of the box and marked where the hardware would go.
I found new screws for the hardware too. The ones that came in the package were too long.
Done. Be proud of your creativity.
Thank you for joining me for this tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it! I love how this little briefcase came out. Join me again soon for another creative tutorial!
Until next time,
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