How To Make A Straw Crossbody Bag

BY JENNY BESS 

Straw bags have been a huge hit recently are for good reason. They are beachy, bohemian, and pretty much go with anything. They’re the perfect bag! I love finding them at thrift stores for unbeatable prices, but the problem with thrift stores is you never know what styles they will have or if they even will have the styles you want. Sure, you can buy them online or in retail stores but the prices can get crazy! $100 for a straw bag? Nonsense. I really like the style of a straw crossbody bag and decided to make one of my own.

If you don’t want to spend the money on an expensive item, my motto has always been to make it yourself. The same goes for straw or woven bags. Let me warn you, this bag is so easy to make you’ll probably be making them for all of your friends. Plus, it only costs under $10.

Straw Crossbody Bag Supplies

1. 2 24” Straw Placemats

2. Wide Burlap Ribbon

3. Belt

4. Sewing Needle

5. Twine (in matching color to bag)

6. Scissors

7. Measuring Tape

8. Leather Hole Punch (optional)

9. Sewing Clips (optional)

Step One

Cut the ribbon to the size measured around the placemats while leaving a hole open on top big enough to put items into the purse. Then fold the short edges of the ribbon over about a centimeter or two and sew it down so that the edges don’t fray.

Step Two

To sew the ribbon to the placemats, you want to use twine instead of thread so that it is sturdier and won’t break. Start sewing the ribbon to the edge of one placemat then repeat and sew the other placemat on. If your placemat is thin enough, you can use sewing clips to clip the ribbon to the placemats as a guide for sewing.

Step Three

Now for the strap. I bought a belt from a Goodwill for about $2. You can either leave the buckle on or do what I did. I cut the buckle off into the shape of the other end of the belt. I then punched a hole the same size as the holes already on the belt so that I could lace the twine into it to attach it to the straw bag.

To fasten the belt to the bag, I started on the top right and laced the twine through the hole of the belt then to the bottom left then through the hole again, to the top left, through the hole, to the bottom right and repeated it all twice. I personally like the appearance of the “X” but you can fasten it anyway you want, as long as it is secure.

I will definitely be making more straw purses in all shapes and sizes! It’s safe to say I’m obsessed. It’s such an easy bag to make too. It’s definitely a must-have for spring and summer!

Article and images by Jenny Bess. You can view more content by Jenny on her blog sweetteal.com and on her Instagram here

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  1. I like it very nice thank you for the idea I will try to do it for myself

  2. What an awesome idea! I love the straw bags this spring but some of them are sooo expensive. I mean they’re darling, but I am not paying $500+ for natural fiber — even if it does say Prada on it! Thank you for this great DIY.