How to Make a No Sew Hobo Bag by Upcycling with Bandanas - Picture Demo
Coordinating accessories are a girl's best friends.
Recently, I did a craft project where a notebook got a bandanna makeover. I love the way the finish came out. Somehow, after a few coats of Mod Podge, the plain, old, black bandanna takes on an almost leather look.
I got to thinking it would be fun to have some accessories that matched it, like maybe a purse and a few other things. I had to try getting this look again.
The patriotic hobo bag you see displayed is what happened. It took the better part of a day, but wasn't really hard. Best of all, I had the supplies on hand! Yahoo and you just can't beat that.
It really doesn't take much, three bandannas, one coffee can with the lid, a ton of hot glue, some paper dolies, Mod podge, a little bling, some stickers and voila! A new hobo bag to match the notebook was born.
This highly affordable craft would be a great back to school or even an off to college project, as well as being good for slumber parties. While it would be enjoyed by adults, teens and some tweens, it's a bit too complicated for the younger ones, in my opinion. However, with that said, each child is unique. If they want to give it a go, and an adult is willing to supervise, I say go for it. Keep in mind though, they most likely will need a few or more breaks. I did.
Image credit; All images are my own photographs shot while constructing this puppy. I'm Vix, by the way.
Have you ever liked a project so much you just kept going?
I do that sometimes. Not only do I like the colors, print and texture of the original craft, the notebook, I like that it was really cheap and upcycled something headed down the short road to the trash. This new purse is the same in that way, since it's made out of a coffee can. That container affords a few added advantages, such as strength and protection.
For me, the black and white really works. The vast majority of my closet is in black and white, so this feels right at home. Lastly, as mentioned, there is the strength thing. Lately, I have made a few purses from crafting. All were fun and I like each in its own way, but this one I feel is much sturdier.
This is mostly because of a thicker strap and more height. It's tall enough I could put a water bottle in it easily and this strap can hold a good deal of weight. I'm horrible about over stuffing.
Check it out. It's huge! - I love that it will hold a bunch of stuff.
From lip gloss to the brush, keys to cell phone, address book to hand sanitizer it all fits!
There are multiple reasons I love this product. - For the price, I have yet to find a better deal.
The first reason I love these is the cost. They are cheap. Single or better yet, in value packages, you can't beat the price for an equivalent piece of fabric unless hitting the scrap bin.
Bandannas, in my mind, are much better than scraps because they already have a perfect seam all the way around. They come in perfect square shapes and you get the full pattern. When getting a remnant or scrap, often times you don't get the whole pattern, or it isn't centered well, there may be some fraying where it was cut, all kinds of added obstacles to your project. Who needs the added work for what is often more money? Not me.
The crafting applications are limitless. From book covers to pillow cases, window valances to lamp shade makeovers they just work easily, quickly and cheaply.I like this particular set because it comes in basic colors that kids like. Mixing and matching can be great fun. Of course, there always exists the traditional uses of head wraps, scarves, neck ties and fashion accents of all kinds, too. Having a supply of basic colors allows for the quick accessorizing of most casual ensembles.
How to make the no sew hobo bandanna bag -Click thumbnail to view full-size
Would you consider carrying a bag made from found items?
Would you consider carrying a bag made from found items?
To match or not to match?
This question is still bandied about by fashionistas today. Ultimately, I think it comes down to a matter of personal choice. Why can't we all just go with what we like? While the designers and department stores will most assuredly disagree, I think it's the way to go.
Ya and hoo! Time for the fun part. - Is it just me, or do most folks like the decorating part best?
After lunch, a few tunes, some light surfing around Squidoo and time with family, came the fun part, decoration. I wanted a lacy look here and something that would kind of fit in but kind of be in contrast with the sweetness associated with lace. Furthermore, and more importantly, I did not want to pay for real lace.
What to do? Fake it! And, bring on some chains since the sealing at the end will give us the leather affect. Leather and chains seem to be in direct contrast to the sweetness of lace to me, but that's just my thinking on the matter.
The lace look was super simple. - Better yet, it cost pennies.Click thumbnail to view full-size
The finishing touches
Glue on your gem studs. I glued these to the front and inserted the prongs through the fabric on the hobo extension at the top.
There are a few safety issues to consider with this project. Foremost in this list is the drilling and the possible sharp edges that result. Be sure to inspect for this before sticking your hand in the can all willy-nilly.
The studs used have seriously sharp prongs. I recommend using a thimble to protect fingers. Simple glue on gem stones could be substituted or even peel and stick rhinestones.
Lastly, a hot glue gun always presents a safety issue.
Save an innocent coffee can from a landfill.
You will have some fun and get something cool.
Turn up the tunes and the savings with crafty goodness while having some fun.
Save money and gas.
Why go all the way to the store to buy
when you can make it, if you but try?
I Love the do she pulls off here using a bandanna.
She gives great, easy to follow instructions in a really cute way.