Straw bags are the “it” bag of summer. Whether a large tote or a small clutch, we simply can’t get enough of these tropical satchels when the sun is shining. While a plain straw bag is always classic, you know we’re alllll about adornments. It’s for that reason a decked-out straw bag seemed in order, complete with two of our favorite WSW adornments: raffia pom poms and dip-dyed tassels.
Marisa of The Neon Tea Party with her Pom'd and Tassel'd Straw Bag
To pull in the color-blocked detail from the tassels, we added colorful yarn to the handle. We think the result is a total knockout! The best part about this DIY: you can rock this bag with any daytime look, take it out at night, on vacation, to the beach... there’s no wrong situation for a bag this stylish!
Let’s learn how to make it, shall we?
- About 16 Raffia Pom Poms in Butterum (the exact amount will of course depend on the size of the bag you’re decorating)
- Multi Color Dip Dye Ombré Silky Luxe Tassels (we used seven, each a different color)
- A straw bag (we used this one)
- Yarn in an assortment of bright colors
- White cotton twine or white yarn
- Darning / tapestry needle
Tassel comb (optional)
Start by trimming open the loops of all your raffia pom poms in the middle of the loop.
Using your darning needle, insert the both strands of the snipped loop through the weave along the side of the bag.
Tie the strands together tightly on the inside of the bag and trim the excess ribbon. Repeat until the pom poms are attached all around the outside of the bag.
Next, adorn the handle by wrapping yarn in color blocks. Tie your first color to the base of the handle placing the tail upwards against the handle. Wrap the yarn around the handle and the tail making sure none of the handle peeks through.
Tie off your first color again leaving the tail going upwards to be wrapped by the next color. Tie your next color over the tail of the first color and repeat the process.
Keep going until the handles have been completely wrapped. You can add a dab of glue to the beginning of the first wrap and end of the last wrap to secure it, if you’d like.
If you happen to have a tassel comb or a regular plastic comb, you may want to give the dip-dyed tassels a comb out to loosen up the colored dye and fluff up the tassels.
Next, thread all the tassels onto a long piece of cotton twine or white yarn. Leave the bottom tassel hanging then go back up through the rest of the tassels with the twine/yarn.
Knot the two tails together and trim off the excess twine/yarn. Loop the twine/yarn over one of the handles.
Finally, pull the tassels through the loop for a fun finishing touch!
If you try out this or this any other WomanShopsWorld projects, be sure to share photos and tag #mywsw! We love seeing what our creative customers craft using our assortment of globally sourced supplies.
Feel free to leave any comments or project questions below.
By Marisa Morrison, DIY blogger, craft teacher and founder of The Neon Tea Party
The Neon Tea Party is on a mission to prove that everybody (yes, you too!) can craft and encourage you to get in touch with your creative side. TNTP provides fun DIY ideas, kits, and classes to help you make on-trend, globally-inspired products that will add joy to your home and wardrobe. Whether you’re curious about crafting or looking for a fun group activity, The Neon Tea Party has got you covered.
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