It's true! It's a stylish handbag made from an oatmeal container! Can't beat a free handbag!
I got this idea from YouTuber, Fashion Riot. See her tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIQnGGCG7Mg
-Glue (hot glue, E6000, spray glue)
-Magnetic clasp (optional)
-Felt (if using magnetic clasp)
-Decorative jewel (optional)
I bought this leather jacket at a thrift store for $14. My original idea was to make a leather skirt, which I did. I also used pieces like the collar and cuffs for the faux fur sweatshirt. I ended up getting 3 projects out of this one jacket! Sew resourceful!
Start this project by removing the plastic lid. You won't need it. Throw it like a Frisbee.
Pull the bottom of the container open. Remove the circle bottom. Use a utility knife or scissors to cut off the excess. You want to be left with a tube without ends.
Cut your fabric longer and wider than your container. If using a thin fabric like my interior fabric, you'll want to use interfacing.
Mark and cut a rectangle for your purse opening.
Figure out where you want your grommets to sit. Mark and cut. (As you can see, I started gluing the fabric on before doing the grommets. That's my dogs salmon oil holding my container down for weight.)
Glue your exterior fabric onto your container. Fold under raw edges and glue.
If I was to do this project again, I would skip the clasp. The way my bag turned out, it doesn't even need it. If you decide you still want this step, then cut your clasp slits and add your clasp.
I added a little felt chunk behind the clasp because I felt like the prongs were too pokey. I didn't want them to poke through my fabric!
Add your interior fabric. Fold and glue any raw edges.
I did not fold under the end edges. I knew this would be covered by the end caps. No one will see the frays. I did cut them close to the container to clean them up a bit.
Remember, you already cut your grommet holes into the container. Now you just need to cut through the fabric and add your grommets. My leather and fold were super thick, so I didn't even use the back part of the grommet. Grommets come with two pieces, the one pictured above and a piece that meets it on the back.
I really wanted to have the whole grommet on here, but with the thickness of all my material, I just couldn't. No one is going to be able to see this part anyway. I did use pliers to pinch the grommet down a little bit. Then top with glue so the edges don't fray.
Trace the end of the container from the inside onto cardboard. Cut 4 circles.
Glue all around your circles. Glue and sandwich the circles together.
Add glue all around your container edge and/ or all around your sandwiched circles. Carefully push your circles into the end of your container. Try to keep glue from squeezing out.
Time to cover your cover. Ha! This part gets a little confusing, so pay attention. Cut your fabric. Leave more excess than you think all around.
Honestly, I think you can do without the batting on this step. Glue your fabric down. Fold and glue three sides. The remaining side needs an inch or 2 of just fabric. See pictures below (leather portion).
The interior fabric will cover the entire leather portion, plus a little extra where it attaches to the container. See the picture above for reference. The "extra" flap fabric on the top of the cover is where you can attach the other side of your magnetic clasp.
Once you have your pieces ready, glue just the interior into the container. Then add the top. Then add your clasp. Then fully glue the entire cover.
You can leave your chain as it or.... I like to weave suede rope through the links. Leave a few inches of extra rope on each end. Tie the rope to the last links of the chain to secure the rope and chain. Put the rope through the grommet hole and tie a huge knot, so the chain can't pull back through. Do this to both sides.
I wasn't happy with how the flap cover came out. I feel like it's too bulky looking. That's why I said you could probably skip the batting. I do like the way it looks in the picture below. I tucked in the flap!
I glued on a jewel decoration to "disguise" the clasp. That's why I mentioned earlier that you don't even need a clasp. Unless you fix the bulk on the flap. Or fold the top edges differently. I just didn't like how sloppy and bulky the cover looked compared to the sleek, slim look of the rest of the bag.
Below: My model looks fierce in a faux fur leopard top, bloomers, and oatmeal container handbag!
Even though this didn't come out as I expected, I think it's pretty cool.... for free and all.
What else could you use to make a bag? What about a smaller version of this with a crystal light container? Or a totally different version with a cereal box?
Thank you for stopping!
Until next time....
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