Boho Bag

DIY Festival Boho Bag

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?!)

DIY Festival Boho Bag materials

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.

DIY Festival Boho Bag Material closeup

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!

DIY Festival Boho Bag

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!

DIY Boho Festival Bag Finished

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.

Happy DIYing!

xoxo V.


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