Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Scrap Fabric Bag Strap

My bag broke and, being the Fashion student that I am, I fixed it with some scrap fabric!

Upcycling is a very Pinterest-y thing to do but in my opinion it's a great way to access your creativity and explore what you can do with left overs. Replacing a bag strap isn't exactly super artsy but it saves you money since you don't have to buy a new bag and it also reduces what goes in the bin. I always save little bits of fabric to see what I can do with it all and a quick search on Google or Pinterest can lead to some good ideas and projects.

I made a very simple braided strap to replace the old leather strap. The bag itself is still okay so I didn't see the need to throw it away. I think the bag looks a lot better and definitely more unique with this new strap.

Yes, this is a post on recycling. Not everything is immediately waste once you've used it up. Things like bags and clothes are so easy to throw away once a little thing goes wrong. Do a bit of DIY! Can you sew it yourself? Cover a stain or a rip with some sewing and little buttons and beads. You can get applique pieces really cheaply from the market and add them to anything you want. 

A few years ago I made butterfly hair pieces from old fabrics and I've worn them quite a lot so you never really know what you can do with stuff that seems like a waste. I've also made boxes out of magazines and I currently use shoe boxes wrapped in yarn (so they look pretty) to keep my stuff together on my desk.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

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