Ankara accessories, bags, and shoes are costly. And Ankara styles are so many. You cannot stop wanting for more to create astonishing outfits. Neither this lady could, so she came up with an easy refashion project. What do you do? You just use these easy to follow steps of our tutorial to turn your shabby old bag into a glam Ankara one!
Got an old clutch bag? Do not throw it away! It’s a real treasure. The lady with the tutorial proves it is true. If you do not have one, just visit a second-hand market and get it. The color or cracks on the back really do not matter. No one is going to see those when you turn it into a mighty fashionable accessory as if by magic. Just make sure it has the working clamp! So, what do you need to start crafting?
Ankara bag tutorial – the materials and instruments:
- An old clutch bag (these are the easier to refashion);
- Hot glue gun or instant glue
- Ankara fabric
5 easy steps Ankara styles bag tutorial:
Step #1: get the bag ready
You need to do few things to the old bag. First of all, carefully remove the clamp, but do not break it. You will need to put it back in place later on. And you need to remove all the dirt, peeling leather or oil from the purse. First, wash it well with a soft wet cloth. Then use some window cleaning spray on it to get rid of any possible dirt or oily stuff for the glue to stick better to it.
Tear off the lining on the top of the bag and the edges. You are going to put the Ankara over-measure under it. You are done!
Step #2: Get the measurements for your Ankara fabric
That’s easy with a clutch bag. First of all, fit the fabric to the purse to see how the Ankara pattern fits it. Then measure a piece that would cover the whole clutch and leave over-measure on each side. Let’s say leave extra 5 cm on each side to make the refashion job easier.
Step #3: Glue it down
It’s a no-sew DIY project, perfect for those who do not have a sewing marching or have no skills at it. You may either use your hot glue gun or if you do not have one, just get some instant glue or transparent glue for fabric.
Apply some glue on the bag, where you wish to put the Ankara fabric. Use clothes pegs once you clip the fabric over the edge of the bag. Fit the fabric nicely with no wrinkles onto the surface. Using regular fabric glue is the best, as it gives you more time for adjustments. The instant one dries up faster, but if you are a newbie, it may dry up too fast.
Basically, you need to cover all the outer surfaces of the purse with Ankara. And wrap the over-measure inside to fasten it there.
Step #4: Return the clamp in its place
Cut a small hole in the Ankara where the clamp has to fit. Put it back and use some glue to make sure the fabric won’t come off from under it.
Step #5: Put back the lining
Once you clipped the over-measure and tucked it in, you can put back the lining so that no one would see the untidy ends of the Ankara fabric. Let the glue dry up well and you are ready to go!
As you see, this is an easy purse refashion project. Ankara fabric is not that costly, and the glue is cheap. You can get as many of these stylish accessories as you like, spending just a little time on crafting.