It’s a cinch to give a plain tote bag a big dose of personality— just add stylish straps. Start with an easy-to-sew bag in any size you like, then add buckles or grommets. From there, the options for strap materials are endless—patterned ribbon, nylon rope, and supple leather are all fair game.
A single yard of fabric is all you need to sew the body of a simple tote bag. Follow these basic instructions, then customize your brand-new bag with buckles or grommets and your favorite strap material.
Small leather and metal accessories -- decked out in strands of silver-, gold-, and rose-toned sequins -- make pretty Valentine’s gifts. Bonus: These beauties are such a cinch to string together, you’ll have plenty of time to produce a few for yourself as well.