DIY Straw Bag Makeover


I was  shopping for a Mother’s Day gift and a birthday present for my little brother this past weekend when I stopped by Target to browse and found a straw bag in the the dollar spot area.  Inspired by HonestlyWTF’s tassel tote post, I made my own version this weekend with the leftover embroidery thread from my DIY necklace makeover.



Her tote is bigger and therefore her tassels are a bit bigger and fluffier than mine.  I chose to make my tassels using a different method that some might prefer and was able to get 3 slightly smaller tassels for every skein of embroidery thread.


12 Skeins of Embroidery Floss–  buy 2 of each color

Hand Needles

Super Glue


Straw Bag -I couldn’t find the exact bag. I found mine at the dollar spot at Target.

I only made enough tassels to cover the front of the bag, if you want to cover the entire bag front and back, you should get 24 skeins. I got 2 skeins each of the 6 colors I chose.


Cut off two 4 inch sections to use to tie the tassel.


Wrap the thread around your four fingers 12 to 15 times.


Cut through the threads on both sides.


Tie together the bundle in the middle.


Fold over and wrap around a few times. Tie together and add a dab of super glue to secure the knot.


Trim the ends of the tassel.


Lay out the design on the bag.


Thread the ends of the tassel through the embroidery thread. (Tip: make sure to make these long! I had a tough time with a couple because I didn’t make them even or long enough.)

Thread through and tie a knot on the back, add a dab of super glue to secure the knot. This is better than just directly gluing the tassels onto the bag because it will be more secure and you can still move the tassel after if you mess up or change your mind about the design you chose.


Viola! It’s finished. I had a tough time deciding between just two rows of tassels or tassels all over the bag. I ended up putting all the tassels on, but not gluing the back so I could see what would look best. I decided on the two rows in the end. There’s always to option of putting more on later or cutting them off if I change my mind.

I ended up with a lot of leftover tassels that I didn’t use on the bag, so maybe they’ll show up in a different DIY post in the future. If you have any fun ideas of how to use them leave a comment below!


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