Bucket Bag Strap Replacement Thrift Flip

Nima Fatima
by Nima Fatima
6 Materials
30 Minutes

I found this very cute woven bucket bag at a thrift store in Bakersfield, but I wasn’t so crazy about the straps on it. I didn’t like the color of the straps that much, and they were only long enough for me to hold the straps in my hand, while I prefer to be able to have the straps hang on my forearm. So I decided to replace them. I debated what material to replace them with, and eventually found a nice gray trim that gave the bag a nice, sleek, monochromatic look. Check out how I did this thrift flip.

Tools and materials:

  • Bucket purse
  • Rope or trim
  • Scissors
  • Clear nail polish
  • Seam ripper
  • Needle and thread
The bag with the original straps

Cut the straps

Cut the original straps off the purse

The first I did was cut the original straps off of the purse.

DIY bucket bag

Measure the new straps

Next, I inserted the trim I was going to use for straps into the holes to measure how much I would need.

Apply nail polish to frayed ends

Apply clear nail polish to the raw edges

I used some clear nail polish on the fraying ends of the trim to prevent it from fraying any further.

Thrift flip bucket bag

Remove the flat edge with a seam ripper

I didn’t want the flat edge on the trimming to be included on the straps for my purse, so I removed them with a seam ripper, which allowed me to remove the whole thing cleanly. When I tried to cut it off with scissors, some of the fabric was still left.


Easy DIY bucket bag

Insert the strap from the outside in

Once my straps were ready to be attached to the purse, I inserted one end of the strap into the hole in the purse from the outside and pulled just enough through so I could attach the strap to itself with needle and thread.

Sew the straps by hand

Sew the strap in place

I hand-sewed the strap together with a needle and thread.

Sew the strap to itself

How to make a bucket bag

Repeat the process

I inserted the second end of the strap into the hole on the same side of the purse as the first, and sewed that into place, as well. Then I repeated the process with the second strap on the other side of the purse.

Bucket bag with straps

My strap replacement looks great!

Make your own bucket bag

Completed bucket bag strap replacement

I love it so much better with these straps! What do you think?

Suggested materials:
  • Bucket purse
  • Rope
  • Scissors
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  • Brenda Brenda on Mar 27, 2021

    Have one similar. Thanks for the great idea!!

  • Dian Conti Dian Conti on Apr 06, 2021

    Thank you for this idea! I have a straw purse I love but the straps are shabby looking..

    Going to the store right now and getting strap material!