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DIY Customise Your Festival Bag

Posted by Liz Atherton Oxfam Fashion blogger

15th Jul 2013

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Festival season of 2013 has certainly kicked off to an amazing start. Our very own Oxfam team have been at the Isle of Wight Festival and Glastonbury over the last few weeks and will be appearing at many more to come, so I thought I'd jazz something up for you festival fashionistas. It's quick and easy but most importantly, so unique. 
I stumbled upon this festi-perfect Aztec print bag and added my own personal touch through bold coloured beads, to stand out from the crowd. It's that easy - I'm sure you can even do it on the train journey down to your festival. Don't forget to follow Oxfam Fashion on Twitter throughout festival season to see what they are up to and boost your festival fashion wardrobe with the selection from the Oxfam Online Shop.

YOU WILL NEED
· Any style handbag you can find
· Beads/Studs/Lace/Old earings/buttons whatever embellishment look you like
· Needle and thread
· Scissors

STEP ONE

Select where on the bag you would like to embellish - remembering to select an area that is easy to sew and manoeuvre your hand around.

STEP TWO

Then simply thread your needle and get beading!

This DIY sounds unbelievably easy but it is all about the freedom of embellishment and putting your own stamp on your festival bag. Here are some handy tips and simple ways of fast embellishment: 

· When creating a line of beads, such as the photograph below, stitch the needle from the back of the bag and through to the front then create a simple pattern by adding one bead at a time to the thread generating a string. When complete stitch through to the back and loop around each bead to secure - you may need to do this a couple of times if your beads are slightly bigger.

· When using lace and beads together, stitch through the back again, catching the lace and then thread a smaller bead that fits central to your lace pattern.

· Use an old earring to save on time! Simple remove the gold clasp and stitch onto the bag - here I chose to attach this to the zip.

· If you are feeling adventurous and would like to add tassels to your bag, cut off the bottom of an old scarf, fold over the cotton and apply a hemming stitch along the top. Then attach to the side or bottom of your bag. Ideally this would have been done before the bag is sewn together but it is still possible to do - if you're thinking of applying this technique, using a sewing machine will create a straighter finish.

Blog post written by Liz Atherton

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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