So here’s the thing, tote bag is unisex…this is the more reason why every fashionista needs one of it. Especially when you can achieve this with the addition of some rivets, rope, and a fun abstract design. The cushion cover does most of the hard work for you so there’s no cutting, sewing or fitting zips involved!
•Zip cushion cover
•Chunky black wool
•Roughly 2 metres cotton rope
•Large eyelit punch kit
•Sheet of card or old magazine
•Thick, wooden chopping board
Start by drawing your design onto the front of the cushion cover with a pencil. Why not try this simple abstract face which looks striking but isn’t too fiddly.
Now slot your card or old magazine inside the cushion cover to protect the fabric underneath. Trace the pencil lines with your fabric glue, very carefully.
Do a little section and then apply the wool over the top. Snip at the end of a line and make sure the glue comes right to the edge to avoid fraying. Leave to dry and then remove inner sheet of card.
Mark with your pencil where you want your two handle holes on either side. Measure if necessary. Use the eyelit punch with a hammer over the top of those pencil markers. Make sure you have a chopping board underneath.
Insert the tall half of the eyelit through the hole from the underside. Stack the eyelit, cloth, and washer on the base tool and use the hammer to hit the stamp tool on top to secure the eyelit.
Cut the rope to the correct size for your shoulder straps, leaving a little extra for tying your knots. Just tie a knot on one side to begin with.
Now thread the rope through your first eyelit, starting from the inside of the bag so the knot faces inwards. Bring the rope back through the front of the other eyelit and tie a knot to secure. Add a little glue if you want extra security for your knots.
And there you go!!!…..your tote bag is ready..
By Karah Adu