Being a student with a hobby like DIY blogging and a bit of an interest in fashion can be at times a huge pain in the ass, and in some ways (especially DIY-wise) it can force you to use your resources to 100% and look for inexpensive ways to craft and copy. You can get really creative when you don’t want to spend too much on your materials but want a good outcome nonetheless, but when it comes to clothes it’s a whole different matter, at least for me. I do like to play around a bit fashion-wise, never too seriously, but I guess you will almost never catch me in sweatpants unless I am hitting the gym.
Or on lazy Sundays. But you will never see me then because I am not leaving the house on those days (hehe). Anyways, I am currently trying (trying!) to arrange an artificial shortage of clothes in my wardrobe to get a bit more creative, just like with my DIY projects. So I am replacing things I don’t wear anyway with some essential pieces which can be mixed among themselves. Sounds like a genius plan, right? So I went a bit shopping previous Saturday hunting for those essentials and thought I’d take along one of those inexpensive shoulder bags to create a project I’ve been wanting to do for some time now:
- Black shoulder bag (or clutch)
- Black silk cord
- Needle and thread
- Super glue
It might be looking quite difficult judging from these photos, but it’s not as difficult as you think. Start by taking the middle of your piece of silk cord in your left hand, then make three loops with your right hand and continue from there. If you cannot follow the photos (which is understandable), just look at this video for a better understanding of the process. This is much simpler as you can always stop the video or rewind if you haven’t understood the step.
What a beautiful knot! Place the knot in a centered position on your bag, take your needle and thread and carefully start sewing the silk cord on several points to the fabric of the bag. You can just as well glue it to the fabric, but I thought sewing might be safer. Be careful with the lining of the bag and pay attention to such things as an inner pocket.
Attach the ends of each side of the knot to the left and right side of the bag by sewing them on. Carefully cut off the silk cord and seal the ends with a drop of glue. That’s it!
I am positively surprised how well this looks, I really like the contrast of textures between the silk and the (imitation) leather, and although the materials are all-black the knot is really an eye-catcher. Of course you can use any kind of knot you want, because frankly, there are so many. But I loved this one because of the almost symmetrical shape and the beautiful name (‘Witness to your splendor’), and it is really not as difficult as it looks in the beginning. Hope you are inspired!