Make a style statement! My shopping bag got an upgrade today. Out of beautiful old silk scarves, way not make your favorite silk scarf into the most luxuriant shopping bag?
For a long time I have been hunting for beautiful silk scarves on flea markets and secondhand stores, for no other reason then that they are beautiful. It is a bit funny for I rarely wear silk scarves, but they are so beautiful and amazing that I just had to find another way to enjoy them.
The scarves I collect are of good quality and have an interesting print. I have for a long time wondered what to make from them and today I got a new idea. It came when I was twisting and playing with all my scarfs spread out all over the floor. (Oh my it was quite messy again). I sat on the floor and I realized that I could give my ugly old shopping bag the most amazing de luxe upgrade! You know the supermarket bags don’t have to be boring. Upcycling your accessories in interesting new ways adds a very unexpected touch that will have people waiting to see what you do next.
You probably know that silk is very delicate, so I have a little trick to keep the bag nice and clean. To avoid liquid making ugly stains I use a plastic bag inside to protect it. (it is hidden) Here is what you need to make this lovely flowery bag. I chose a scarf that was just perfect for the bag, but you maybe have to adjust yours in one way or the other, maybe some draping will look lovely.
– 2 silk scarfs
– Shopping bag
– plastic bag (your choice)
Lay one scarf out flat. Fold it in half then in half again and sew along the 2 sides. Leave an opening where you can see the 4 layers of the scarf. now turn the fabric inside outPut a plastic bag over the old bag. (To avoid liquid making ugly stains and damage your lovely new bag) adjust the size of the plastic bag by cutting and sewing. Now you can connect them by sewing some stitches here and there. Now the plastic bag and the old bag will be united.
Start to sew the old bag to the scarf.
Sew the bag to the silk scarf layer that is now touching the bag . Now there should be two layers of fabric that is not sewn. Theses will make two extra pockets. I put a string to open and close the pocket but, perhaps you can use buttons or fastners.
Make a knot around the handle and twist the fabric, not to hard and not to louse. You maybe need to sewing some stitches to hold the fabric in place.
O la la!