Lets get started!
STEP 1: Supplies
You will need:
-Place-mats or a small rug/carpet square - I found my place-mats at a local thrift store for 50 cents each! I chose colors that reminded me of autumn, were a bit masculine and had wonderful textures. You could also use pretty floral mats which would be really cute! The options are limitless!
1. Hot glue gun
2. Glue sticks
4. Needle & thread
5. Link chains
Start by folding your place-mat or fabric about three quarters of the way, leaving about 2 to 3 inches in excess material for your bags closure flap.
Pin the sides into place and sew closed (and/or) hot glue fabric together.
STEP 4: Pins/Brooches
Find a pin or brooch that will compliment the colors of your bag and is heavy enough to weigh down the excess material (if your pin is too light the fabric is likely to not stay closed) I had this lot of lovely vintage pins just lying around waiting for their next life! You could also easily attach some Velcro or a simple button for the closure.
Pin your brooch towards the center of the bags closure flap.
STEP 5: Attaching the strap
Visit your local hardware store or craft store and choose a chain for the strap of your bag. The chain links for my bags were $1 a foot. I bought 3 feet of chain for each bag. The extra length allows you to wear your bag over your shoulder which is especially helpful if you ride a bicycle!
Attach the bags strap by sewing it into place with a needle and thread.
Happy end of summer everyone!
Claire of Mamushka Marie
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Wallflower Vintage is an amazing emporium of vintage pieces. I found so many pretty dresses and coats that I decided to put together two outfits. When dressing, certain things will inspire me and then I will build an outfit around that piece. So if it's a gorgeous vintage dress, I start there and find the perfect coat and purse to go with it and vice-versa. Wallflower Vintage provides plenty for the imagination.
Vintage blouse: thrifted
Bradley boots: Jeffrey Campbell
08.26.10- On tumblr, a breathless northern ride with Millie.
Bits and pieces of yesterday. What you don't see is me spending part of my day doing hours of blog work before rushing up north because that's not interesting.
I awoke to a beautifully cool breeze blowing through my window.
Banana and chocolate Cherrios.
I dislike doing the dishes, but it gives me time to think.
My bag packed for the trip along with my vintage hat.
We bought a bike rack so Millie could join us.
Wellie gets very excited when we go to the cottage.
Crazy beautiful clouds at sunset.
A storm was rolling in with an hour left to go.
A daily tumblr outfit later.