Last week I was
waisting time doing valuable research on Pinterest when I came across this a.ma.zing. bag from the Chanel Resort 2015 collection. I mean, I am just waiting for when Chanel runs out of fabulous things to create… but I doubt it will ever happen…. not that I want them too!
Anyway, of course I had to figure out a way to get that bag. Buying it was out of the question, obviously. Making an exact copy would be pretty difficult (and there’s no fun in that!), but I knew I could create a bag of my own that would have the same feeling as the Chanel one, but that would be all mine and only I would have.
That same day I went straight to the store and bought all of the beautiful colors of embroidery floss I could find. When I’m on a DIY mission, believe me, I don’t mess around.
What you will need:
- A small to medium black bag that can be sewn onto (I used a faux leather bag from H&M)
- Embroidery floss or very thin yarn in different colors, buy more than you will think you need- I used a lot, maybe 30 to 40 total bundles of floss
- Black (or navy) cotton cord
- Black embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- 4 to 5 inch long piece of cardboard
First, you will need to make all of your tassels. To make one, take one of your colors of floss/yarn and wrap it length-wise around your piece of cardboard (I did mine about 20 time around).
Gently slide the floss off of the cardboard.
Cut a separate 4-inch piece of floss and tie it around the center of your bundle that you just made.
Fold the bundle in half.
Cut another 4-inch piece of floss and tie it around the bundle to create the tassel. With scissors, snip through the loops at the end.
Now for the bag: Take your cord and cut 6 pieces that stretch length-wise across the bag and two that stretch top to bottom. With the black embroidery floss and needle, sew the 6 length-wise cords to the bag by stitching only at the ends of each cord, it will look like 6 bands going across. Now sew the other 2 cords so that you have your bag divided into 3 even sections. Every time the top-to-bottom cord meets a length-wise cord, stitch it down. Try to stitch all the way through the bag if you can. this will make a stronger attachment.
NOTE: For my bag, it opens by flap, so I only sewed onto the front flap, not all over the bag.
Now for the easiest part! Once you have your grid on the bag, you can attach the tassels. Just randomly tie them onto the cords until you have the coverage you want.
It only took me a few days working off and on, but I am very happy with how it came out! It’s bright, colorful, fun, and definitely unique. By using colors that you love, this bag is totally one-of-a-kind and perfectly tailored to you!
Chevron, neon pink, and a bunch of tassels. To much? Nah.
I should also mention that I wore black Converse with a cheetah print tongue. What can I say… I go big.