Friday, 22 June 2012

Turn an old top into a new bag!

I recently went through my wardrobe and did what my husband called a spring clean. When we recently moved home, I had got rid of a lot of things, but there is always that pair of jeans you hope someday will fit you again or that shirt that can almost tell the story of your life, you liked it so much and wore it so many times, that it seems almost like a sin to simply discard them now... 

Turn an old top into a new bag!
Photo Credit: www.craftynest.com

Well, this time I had enough and decided to get rid of everything. Start fresh. I had already put together the suitcase to take to the charity shop when I came across the picture above on Pinterest and I simply knew what to do next...

I recovered one of my favourite tops of all time that I had grew out of and following some of the steps suggested on Craftnest made my own tote bag!

Turn an old top into a new bag!
I am not sure the picture does justice to it, but trust me, it looks great! I should have ironed it first though...

As I don't have a sewing machine yet, I had to work a super reinforced hand stitch in the bottom. I also had to fold inwards both side corners to give it the rounded shape I wanted, but apart from that, it was a pretty simple process, very straight forward really.

I added the ribbon as a final touch. As my top was double layered, I cut 1' holes on the sides, back and two on the front, just below the bra liner elastic and inserted the ribbon through it as you would do with a belt. It helps to fasten the bag as well as adding a bit of colour to it.

I advise everyone to try! Check www.craftynest.com for the complete tutorial.

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