I made a stitched purse that looks more vintage than anything I have every DIYed. I am so proud of it! I made it for an IG video (see the video here!) which I have been doing more and more of lately. So I didn’t take full step-by-step photos, but it is so simple I can still teach you do it without the photos.
I used this bag (only $11). You can use any similar woven bag, but I will say that it needs to be unlined and a thin material that will be easy to stitch through. I used colored, pearlized raffia for the flowers.
I used a needle with a larger eye (a tapestry needle) and that is all you need besides a pair of scissors, of course.
It took me two days to stitch flowers all the way around my small bag. I listened to many episodes of Young House Love Has A Podcast and watched a lot of Westworld at night (I love a good craft you can do while watching television!), but I feel like only 48 hours is pretty quick considering.
To make the flowers, start with the “petals” and stitch one big circular burst, leaving a small circle inside each flower (where the center will go). I alternated between small, medium and large flowers to fill my bag all the way around.
To add the center, start a stitch from the back and tie knots close to the base (more knots equal bigger textures). I used between 2-3 knots for each little dot.
If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them! It’s super easy. If you’ve ever stitched before you can probably figure out my technique just by looking.
I am probably going to add a liner to mine because the messy stitching on the inside does bother me. But that is totally optional!
I’m so pleased with the final result! It feels very authentically vintage, in my opinion. I will keep this and use it for years to come! xx – Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.