I love scarves, but as soon as I put one around my neck, my 18 month old instantly thinks it's a vine that he can swing from like George of the Jungle. So the big challenge these days is how to get away with wearing one without it being a hazard to my health. The solution, as always: turn it into something else! This is quick and simple way to update a bag that you may have grown bored of or that may perhaps have an unsightly stain or tear. It's also a way to recycle a scarf that may be too pretty to hide but that you may not be wearing. Give it a try. It's easy, fun, and super cute!
|The original blah Gap bag.|
|1. Squirt some silver fabric paint on the bag and apply with your fingers. It takes quite a bit of paint and a while to dry. I put it out in direct sun and it still took a couple days.|
|It's a messy process, cover your work surface...|
|2. Place beads, one at a time, on the scarf. I had these clay beads that someone had given to me that were perfect. You could easily make these with Fimo or air drying clay.|
|3. Tie a knot with embroidery thread tightly behind the bead. Snip excess string... Repeat close by with another bead to make a cluster of "berries".|
4. Hot-glue enough of the scarf to cover the front pocket, folding fabric under around the seam.
Totally optional: Take strips of the scarf and finger crochet around the handle.
|I glued the rest of the scarf to a headband for a coordinating accessory.|