The straw bag - a summer staple.Mine comes out year after year, but to be honest it was a bit of a plain Jane.
Until now, that is...
I've been totally loving the slogan versions I've seen around recently and love the cursive script.
|Dolce Vita, Petite Pois, The Future is Female, Take Your Broken Heart|
But rather than buy a new one, I hatched a plan to upcycle mine, and all I needed was a long chain of crochet* and a needle and thread.
*don't worry if you're not a crocheter. You could simply find a length of cord or ribbon and stitch that on instead.
Ok. Tis easy peasy. I chose Stylecraft Mystique in Fuxia, because I love the colour, but you could use any yarn from your stash - cotton would work really well, I think. you only need a small amount, so its the perfect stashbuster, too. you'll also need a plain straw bag (mine is an ancient one from Primark), matching thread and a needle.
I decided on Fiesta for my slogan and rather than go freehand**, I printed out a template, using an app on my phone - Pic Collage and chose 'King Basil' font.
**a little while ago, I tried this crochet-embroidery-type-thing freehand and it was a bit of a disaster. Me and a couple of friends were off to Yarndale and decided to put #Crochet Girl Gang on our denim jackets the night before. The others' looked fab. Mine looked absolutely rubbish. I am still blaming the bucket loads of Prosecco and the fact it was nearly midnight when we started....
|See? Disaster. Completely wonky.|
Anyhoos, back to the non-disastrous version:
With my fail-safe template to hand, I cut it roughly to shape and then tacked it onto the bag, so that it didn't move when I was working on it.
I then crocheted a long chain with my yarn (I used a 3.5 mm hook to make a nice, compact chain). Don't worry about whether your chain will be long enough - so long as you begin stitching it on at the knot-end, you can just keep adding as you need it.
Next, I laid the chain on my template and stitched through the bag and template using matching cotton thread. I made short little stitches to keep the slogan secure.
Once that was done, I carefully tore the template away et voila!!
And I'm very pleased with it, I must say.
I'm thinking of maybe adding a pompom trim, or some tassels??
Or perhaps it's best just plain - let me know what you think!