Look - a teeny tiny cross-body purse!
I've never been accused of being trendy (trust me on this). But little bitty mini bags - one of my absolute favorite accessories - are suddenly madly fashionable, showing up on runways and stores in every style you could dream up.
Here is a super quick upcycled version - make it in about ten minutes and wear it out on the town.
The upcycled element: an old eyeglass case.
I always have a multitude of these, as my husband gets new glasses every year. (Some tips on the right types of cases to use for this project in a bit.) Let's get to the DIY!
You will need:
-an eyeglass case
-a short chain of beads (from an old necklace or bracelet)
-4 big jump rings
-a long purse strap
-a push pin (or a hammer and nail)
With a sharp nail or a push pin, poke 2 holes in the front of the eyeglass case: one near each edge, about halfway up. (If there's a hard structure underneath, pound the nail through with a hammer.) Thread a jump ring through each hole, and add the beaded chain. Like so:
Close the jump rings securely. That's it for the front!
To add the strap in back, you will attach two more big jump rings, but using a slightly different method.
For each jump ring, poke a set of two holes, about 1/4" apart. Thread the jump ring through both holes. Add the purse strap and close up the jump ring. Here's a closeup so you can see what I mean:
When done, the back will look nice and neat.
Annnnd...you are done, baby! Fun and fast, eh?
Of course, the bead chain ornament is just the simplest of ways to decorate your purse. The eyeglass case should be considered a blank slate, to be embellished in a thousand ways!
Here are just a couple of other examples.
This one sports a thicker leather strap (super comfy to wear). Instead of a bead chain, I embellished with a charm bracelet I made ages ago but never wear.
This next one is really adorable! It features a strap made from vintage mother-of-pearl buttons - an awesome thrift shop find. I added a little stack of buttons to match:
* Choose an eyeglass case with solid sides (so your stuff won't fall out). There's room for a credit card folder, keys and lip gloss. What more do you need?
* Avoid magnetic clasp cases - often they aren't really secure enough for a cross-body bag that will be swinging around a bit. Best closures: a zipper or strong velcro. And hey, you can add a velcro closure to any case, so that's another option.
* Find cute purse straps at thrift shops, yard sales, even dollar stores. I sometimes buy an ugly, ugly purse just for the strap. Alternatively, borrow a removable strap from a bag you already own.
Okay, that's my little idea. It could be a fun one to make with tweens or teens, don't you think? Hope some of you decide to give it a try.