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.
To make your own you will need:
- A vinyl pouch embedded with mesh
- Oval jump rings ( I used about 400)
- Two pairs of jewelry pliers (I used one flat-nose, one round-nose)
- Metallic spray paint
- Various types of chain
- A safety-pin or needle
- A coffee or oatmeal can
- A garbage bag and a well ventilated area
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.
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.
Now, when you are done with all that, your pouch should actually be dry enough to work with.
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.
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.
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.
Let me know if you try it out, I would love to see the result.
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!