Monday, May 25, 2015

DIY: How To Make A Beach Bag From An Old Pullover {NO SEW}

Summer is about to end in my country but is just setting-in in some parts of the world. For those of you who love going to the beach and love to beat the heat of the sun, you may also need a beach bag that would carry all your belongings and something that's nice to look at too! I've been seeing a lot of inspiration on Youtube and Pinterest so I decided to make my own bag as well. You don't really need to splurge on expensive ones if you can upcycle your old pullover or sweaters. You can also use your old over-sized shirts for this project. Remember, this is a NO-SEW project so it is easy and fun to recreate. All you need to prepare is an old pullover or shirt, a marker and a sharp pair of scissors! Let's get started!

1. First thing you want to do is take your pullover and lay it smoothly on the table or any flat and clean surface and make sure that the top portion does not have any wrinkles.

2. Start cutting both sleeves and make sure you don't cut over the seam line to keep the fabric from unraveling. 

3. Turn the shirt inside out and lay it back on your work surface. Fold your fabric over making it folded in half; lengthwise, as shown in the photo # 3. Take your marker and mark a lining around the neckline. That will be the opening of the bag. When cutting the neckline, make sure to leave a space that is wide enough for your "straps" later on.

Another tip: You may want to use a plate to trace out your marking if you don't feel comfortable eye-balling the marks.

4. Take your scissors once again and cut the bottom seam and set that piece aside for another project if you want to. This time, cut over the seam line because it's easier to cut them later into strips if you do so. 

5. Follow the shirt's position like so in the photo and allot at least 2 inches (you can always make them longer) from the bottom and make the marking again across the entire shirt.

6. As you can see in the photo, I cut at least a centimeter strips (in my case, I eyeballed it once again) up to the red marking. When you cut the strips, you must cut through both the front and back of the fabric.

7. Tie the front and back strip together in a knot. Do it twice. Make sure the knots are a little tight so your bag won't have holes at the bottom part. Continue tying knots with the rest of the fabric.

8. Slightly pull each strip to have a good fringe look to the bag.

And there you have it! My own take on making a beach bag using an old pullover.

I hope you like this simple tutorial. Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions and leave a link where to see your recreations.

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