Check Out This DIY Woven Bag Transformation

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I am so obsessed with straw, woven bags! They are so in right now and I really wanted to get one to add to my accessory collection. When I looked into buying one, I realized that these trendy woven bags were going for a pretty penny. Rather than spend all that money, I thrifted a woven bag and totally transformed it to create the most amazing DIY bag that is exactly what I was looking for. Check out my tutorial below to learn the ins and outs of this awesome bag upcycle.

straw tote bag, Straw bag
Straw bag

Tools and materials:

  • Straw bag
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric squares
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread 
straw tote bag, Woven straw bag
Woven straw bag
Remove the lining

This thrifted bag came with a blue lining that I wasn’t the biggest fan of. I started my DIY project by removing the lining from the bag. I used scissors to rip the seams all the way around and then took out the lining. 

straw tote bag, DIY straw tote bag
DIY straw tote bag
Make a new lining

I then took the lining apart by opening all the seams. I decided to use the original lining pieces as a template to create a new lining for my awesome straw bag. I placed the blue lining pieces on my white fabric and pinned them down. I then cut around the template pieces to get new lining pieces from the white fabric. 

straw tote bag, Hand sew the lining
Hand sew the lining

I matched up the sides of my new lining and hand sewed the pieces together. If you have a sewing machine, feel free to use it! I turned the lining, right side out, and put it inside the bag.

straw tote bag, Attach handles
Attach handles
Attach new handles

For the new handles, I used this awesome canvas-like ribbon. I cut two equal pieces and sewed them on the inside of the bag between the lining and straw. I made sure to sew the lining, all around the top, at the same time! I totally love the canvas and straw together! 

straw tote bag, Thrifted straw tote bag
Thrifted straw tote bag
Add finishing touches

For the finishing touch, I decided to add a cute little bow to the bag. I made the bow from the canvas ribbon and I sewed it onto the base of the handle. 

straw tote bag, Thrift straw bag
Thrift straw bag

This woven straw bag is everything! What other details would you add to this refashioned bag? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:

  • Straw bag
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric squares
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