Getting to the Bag! | DIY Straw Clutch

Hello, world! I’m literally getting to the bag with my latest DIY! What’s that you say? You don’t know what the phrase ‘getting to the bag’ means? It means to make money!

Straw bags are a hot ticket accessory this summer.

I saw this clutch online for almost $50 and I literally laughed out loud! I knew that I could make it my damn self for much less — so I did.

I found this straw bag at my local craft store.

Immediately my wheels started turning. The clutch was priced at $9.99, but I was able to get it for half that with a coupon. Always check for coupons!

Making Tassels

I’m signed up for alerts from Joann Fabrics and they send 60% off coupons occasionally. When they send those I go rack up on supplies. I had a large bag of embroidery floss sitting around. I paid $9.95 for 100 skeins of floss. That equates to about $.10 per skein. I used nine of them to make tassels for this project.

Tassels are so easy to make. I used to make them as a kid using my grandmother’s supplies, unbeknownst to her of course. She’d wonder why her supplies had disappeared. Meanwhile, I was he supply thief! I was stashing supplies for late night crafting sessions while everyone was asleep. Of course, that’s neither here nor there. The tassel trend is popping right now too. They’re on jewelry, clothing, accessories — you name it!

Here’s how I make them:

  1. Choose your color and carefully remove the paper from the skein.

2. Find the loose end and measure out about 5 inches of floss. You can shorten this amount as you get the hang of the process.

3. Next use the cut piece of floss to tie a knot in the center of the skein of floss. You should be left with something that looks like this:

4. Cut excess thread, being careful not to cut low enough to cut the knot you just made. You can leave the excess there to hang the tassel later if you choose. Otherwise it should look like this:

5. Now take another piece of floss the same or different color. For this project I chose gold to add a little shimmer. Fold the knotted floss (working floss) in half and tie another knot with the gold floss about two to three inches down from the top of your working floss. Use one of the ends to make a small loop with a little left out at the end. Hold the look with your thumb to hold in place.

6. Use the other hand to wrap the other end of the floss while holding the loop in place. Continue to wrap until you have about 3 inches of floss left. Thread the remaining 3 inches through the loop and pull until loop tightens. You should be left with two ends.

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7. Tight a tight knot and cut off the ends as close as you can without cutting the knot. You can use super glue to glue down any flyaways.

8. Next cut the middle of the tassel to give it that fringed look. Trim the ends to the desired length and evenness.

9. And voila, magic! You can use them anyway you like. The possibilities are endless!

10. The final step for this project was to sew the tassels onto clutch. I used a needle and clear thread to sew them around the perimeter of the flap.

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There are many other ways to make tassels. If you need to see the process of making tassels try YouTube or Google. If you like the pricer version with the Pom Pom Fringe trim try Amazon.com for the fringe.

In total I spent (drumroll please) $5.80 for this project! That’s a savings of up to $45! Name brands are cool; but, saving money is cooler. My grandfather always said, “That’s how the rich stays rich!”

Do you have questions? Did you like this DIY? Will you make your own? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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