{DIY} Gold Chain Fringe Bag inspired by Tod's

As I mentioned in the last post, I saw an amazing handbag from Tod’s while flipping through the pages of Elle one night and immediately started to plot out how I could make a leather-free version for myself. I wanted a really structured even look so I used a vinyl pouch sprayed in gold but you could do something similar by sewing pieces of chain to an existing handbag. The advantage of the pouch is the mesh gives you a really easy guide line to follow. Mine was really easy to make, just time consuming. So go ahead, put in season one of Gossip Girl, or whatever you please, and let’s get started.

Gold Chain Fringe Bag

To make your own you will need:

First go outside with your coffee can, garbage bag, zip pouch and spray paint. Lay the bag out, set the coffee can in the middle, open the pouch and put it over the coffee can, like so.

Gold Chain Fringe Bag Step 1
Using your spray paint, coat the pouch smoothly and evenly. Make sure you get it all. Let it dry for about 15 minutes while you play fetch with your rescued dog.

Gold Chain Fringe Bag Step 2
Go ahead and give it a light second coat, make sure to hit the zippers. Now, the spray paint can says you only have to wait 15 min, but I would be safe and give it longer. There is other stuff you can work on.

Decide how many rows of fringe you want, I did three and later wished I did one, it took a long time to attach! Now that I’m done I’m thrilled I did three. Divide your pouch into rows and measure how long you will need the fringe to be.

Now start cutting chain to the desired length, lots of it. More than I have in this picture, lots more.

Different types and colors of chain
Open your jump rings.

Now, when you are done with all that, your pouch should actually be dry enough to work with.

Gold Chain Fringe Bag Step 4

Use a safety pin to poke two holes for you to thread your jump ring through. You want to do it through the mesh so that the ring won’t pull through and tear the back if your chain gets snagged on something.

Gold Chain Fringe Bag Step 5, insert jump ring through holes.

Thread a jump ring through the holes you poked. Add a piece of chain and close the jump ring. Repeat on the next square over. And the next one. Continue on down the line. When you are done with the first row, move on to the second, and then the third row. I alternated different types of chain to give it a high-lighted look but you could use the same kind for the whole bag.

Gold Chain Fringe Bag Step 6, add chain to jump ring.

Keep going, piece by piece, it might take an entire season of Gossip Girl, but you’ll get through it and the result is well worth it.

Finished Gold Ching Fringe Bag

Gold Chain Fringe Bag Sketch

Let me know if you try it out, I would love to see the result.

xx ks

This is my favorite post because it’s my first post utilizing my new camera and because this project took me a long time to complete, now that it’s done, I want everyone to see it and it’s the only bag I want to use. Congrats on your blogoversary Alison and Ado!

9 Responses to {DIY} Gold Chain Fringe Bag inspired by Tod's

  1. Oh my! This is to DIE for!! I’m pinning this. I’d love to make it, but for now it will have to go on my craft wish list. Thanks so much for sharing it πŸ™‚

  2. Okay, my 10 year old is going to be all over me to make this so um, THANKS (I’m craft-challenged). It is gorgeous and I’m in awe of someone who can actually see a fashion accessory in Elle mag and decide to just go ahead and well – make it! I wish I was like that! I’m not..but maybe I can follow your steps.
    Thanks for linking up with us and celebrating our blogoversaries! (-:

  3. This is awesome! I love that you spray painted the bag to match. Thanks for linking up to What I Learned Wednesday! I look forward to seeing more!

  4. This is so cool! Such an easy concept, yet I’m sure your fongers were sore afterwards. Lovely Pouch!