Tools and Materials
Four small hinges
Canvas bag with handles
Needle and thread to match bag
Pencil or pen
Spray paint (optional)
1. Open hinges and stitch each to bag, directly below where each handle end is secured. Reinforce by going through hinge holes several times with thread.
2. Turn bag inside out. Mark two points on each side of bag: 3 inches from top of bag and 1 inch from each side seam. Place a piece of masking tape over each point. With a craft knife, cut uniform Xs over each point, with the height of each X slightly taller than the width of the belt you intend to use.
3. Fold back the points created by each X, and glue to the inside of bag with fabric glue.
4. Loop belt through the four holes, and buckle. Attach lock to belt.
Tip: If desired, spray-paint the lock a fun color before attaching to bag.
Cotton canvas "My Tote Bag" from Muji. Belts from J.Crew. Hardware from The Home Depot.