Monday, July 2

iLoveToCreate Retrofabulous Embellished Straw Tote



iLoveToCreate Retrofabulous Embellished Straw Tote
Margot Potter
'These ARE your grandmother's crafts...ya gotta problem with that? 
I didn't think so."

I'm afraid I have always had a serious soft spot for retro beachy looks.  Straw hats, straw totes, sundresses and seersucker rompers all make my little heart go pitter pat.  When I saw this plain straw tote in the dollar section at Target, I could not resist.  I knew immediately how I would DIY it into a retrofabulous summer bag!  Some felt, rick rack trim, pom-pom fringe and a judicious smattering of sparkly crystal accents take a plain bag from drab to fab and with the help of Aleene's Tacky Glues literally in seconds flat!  Now THAT's retrofabulous!

Materials
Plain straw tote
Craft felt in four colors
Coordinating pom pom fringe
Coordinating rick rack trim
Tulip Glam-it-up Crystals in Metallics
Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Aleene's Tacky Glue Dots Singles 3/16"

Tools
Scissors
Ruler
Marker
Hand draw a simple 4"lx1.5"w fish shape, cut out to use as a template.


Place template on felt, trace and cut out four fish.
Cut rick rack and adhere to fish.


Glue fish and pom pom trim to tote with Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue.  Finish one fish with metallic crystal accents using Aleene's Tacky Glue Dots.  Allow it all to dry, toss on your favorite vintage or vintage inspired sundress and sunglasses and ta da...go get 'em, you retrofabulous creature, you!

5 comments:

JoJo said...

Love it. Reminds me of the old straw bag my mom used to take to the beach that seemed bottomless with stuff!!! I think it had plastic flowers on it. (late 60s/70s).

Margot Potter said...

YES! You hit the nail right on the head, JoJo!

fluteofthehour said...

Find a great selection of summer straw bags here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/fluteofthehour?section_id=15754495&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2

fluteofthehour said...

Find a great selection of summer straw bags here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/fluteofthehour?section_id=15754495&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2

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