Do you also have that feeling, that once you pay attention to something, you see it all the time… Well or I am biased or it is a true trend. And as I wrote in the previous inspiration post, this trend is oh so DIY-able! You will see in just a few steps how easy it is to make your own. Let’s start making the DIY transparent bag!
What do you need:
- Transparent plastic (mine was about 1 mm thick and was sold as table plastic…)
- 2 leather strips and straps
- pricking iron
- wing divider
- waxed thread
- two leather needles
Step 1: the pattern
I wanted to create a super simple tote for this transparent bag. It is also the most basic pattern ever so you can’t go wrong with it (although almost). It is a rectangle of about 40×100 cm. If you fold it over it will be 40×50 minus half of the bottom. Because you do need to cut a little rectangle out of the corners. Be careful with this because it should not be a square. You will need some stitching margin on sides. So the width is larger than the hight of this rectangle, as you can see in the image below.
Step 2: preparing the stitching.
Usually, when you work with leather, you can use the wing divider to trace a straight line along the edges. Well, I tried it but 1. I did not want to perforate/cutting the plastic while scratching it and 2. It is soo hard to see what you are doing on transparent plastic I had to trace it with a blue marker. This would be impossible with leather but it with this plastic it is easy to wipe it all away once you’ve perforated the stitching holes. Make sure you do this properly especially when you are working this a light colored thread. Before you know it, it will turn blue ;).
Step 3: stitching the sides
Just as in any leather project I used the saddle stitch to sew the sides of the transparent bag together. There is absolutely no option for hiding an ugly stitch so a good idea to pay a lot of attention to your stitching. A little extra practice won’t hurt, I can image.
Step 4: Boxed corners
For this type of bag, I prefer the boxed corners. I’ve shown a more detailed explanation in another (amazing) DIY / IKEA hack! Make sure to check it out, one difference you won’t cut the triangle once it is sewed but you cut the rectangles beforehand. If you fold it into the ‘cut-off’ triangle it should look something like the image below. I’ve already punched the stitching holes and the next step is to actually stitch it together. It is quite hard to take decent photo’s of something transparent but I hope you get the picture…
Step 5: Inside out
I did like the sharp-looking edges of the transparent bag but I preferred to turn the bag inside out. Depending on the stiffness of your plastic it is more easy or difficult to turn it. With some wiggle and twiggle motions, I managed to turn it inside out and saw this little heart shape… I just had to take a photo of it.
Step 6: Straps!
The length of the straps depends on the size of the bag. I like to wear it over my shoulder but also on my arm. Therefore it should not be too long nor too short. Eventually, I sewed one side on and cut the other one to the perfect length once I tried it on. I choose to do vertical stripes and I actually loved the look. It will divide the weight more compared to one stripe and the light colored thread looked absolutely amazing on this leather.
And this was already the last step! Easy don’t you think?! And blow a few more images of the final result to show off a little of course. What do you think of the result? I told you, you would love this DIY, didn’t I? Well, please send me some pictures if your DIY transparent bag is ready! Due to the reflection and the transparency, it is hard to capture its true beauty but you have to take my word for it.