There’s a serious trend at the moment for super embellished bags, from clutches to totes; it would appear that more is better! And, that is a trend I am totally into! Ribbons, pom poms, lace, silks, chains, fringe, crystals, spikes, studs; I love it all and I want it all! I’m really loving slouchy cross-body bags at the moment, perhaps it’s because I’m getting a little bored of having to hold onto a clutch all evening or having to find a place to put my tote bag down whenever I go out (man, does that make me sound like some nagging old lady?!)
While I was out in Australia, I saw that Billabong had awesome festival boho-chic style bags with all sorts of different embellishments (my favourite was the Vista Shoulder Bag), many of which I recognized from some of my favourite Sham Shui Po haberdasheries. So, upon my return I immediately got myself over to Sham Shui Po and purchased a mismatch of ribbons.
Following a simple square clutch pattern, I sewed the individual ribbon pieces onto each sheet of fabric before sewing the whole thing together. Instead of sewing a permanent long shoulder strap onto the bag however, I decided to sew two small loops on either side of the zipper, that way this bag can double as a clutch and a shoulder bag. Two-in-one – love that kind of a bargain!
I find that my summer style seems to gravitate a bit more towards boho, so this bag is a perfect addition to any of my summer outfits and perfect for any occasion (I can simply unhook the chain strap to make my bag a clutch for more dressy occasions). I really love the contrasting nature of brightly coloured ribbons and the monochrome printed canvas – it’s bright and eye-catching but at the same time kind of goes with everything!
Even if you don’t own a sewing machine, this is quite an easy DIY to make for yourself, all you need to do is glue or stitch ribbon pieces to an existing bag.