I recently made a spontaneous online purchase on Anthropologie when I got an email about their clearance sale. I’m a sucker for a good bargain, so when I saw this amazing beaded pouch I bought it not knowing what I would use it for.
I’m not a major clutch fan because I am forever afraid I’ll put it down somewhere and forget it since it’s not attached to me. When it came in the mail I fell in love with the pouch and was determined to make it attachable to me so I don’t lose it.
I decided making it into a crossbody bag would be the best choice. You can easily tweak this DIY to make a wristlet or shoulder strap to attach instead of a long crossbody strap.
Grommets 3/8″ – Antique Brass- I couldn’t find ring sizes I wanted, so I used grommets. If you find rings that work for you, I would suggest using those. I just happened to have a grommet tools and know I’ll use the rest in another project.
2mm Leather Cord- Black, Natural– Make sure it is at least 3 yards long and 2mm thickness. You can choose to use just one color instead of two also.
2 Large Lobster Clasps– I couldn’t find the exact ones I used, but these are close. I used jewelry clasps because the purse clasps selection didn’t have anything small enough. They would have been comically large in comparison to the size of my purse. I found these in the jewelry aisle of my local craft store.
Kreinik Braid Metallic Thread (Gold)- I suggest using any thread that is fray resistant and you know won’t unravel easily. I’ve used this thread in other projects and found that it’s a very strong thread that can withstand a lot of wear and tear.
Unravel the two leather cords and fold in half. Thread them through one lobster clasp ring.
I used small black elastic hair ties to keep the cords in place. Later we’ll go back and replace them with a nicer finish. I used this bread braiding instructions to help me figure out how to do a four strand braid.
I used all three yards of the leather cords. Once I was done braiding my strap was about 46 inches long. If you don’t want a crossbody length strap, just a shoulder strap or a wristlet I suggest measuring the strap of your favorite bag to figure out how long you want the braid to be.
Leave the last few inches of the cord un-braided to thread the end of the braid through the second lobster clasp. Fold over the un-braided ends and secure with a cobra knot using the metallic thread. I used these great DIY instructions to create the cobra knot to secure the ends of my straps.
Cobra knot the other end of the strap. I found these instructions on how to finish leather cord with wire the day after I finished make the strap for this bag. It looks like another good way to secure the ends that you might want to try out.
Attach the grommets or rings to the clutch. The grommets aren’t very obvious, so I can switch back and forth between a crossbody bag or a clutch with the detachable strap.
I took it out for a test run this past weekend to the ceramic studio and the San Fransisco Pride Parade on Sunday, more on that here.
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