Go on a scavenger hunt to your nearest thrift shop. I’d recommend Value Village (very cool) or Talize (almost as cool and smells infinitely better). Try on some crazy jackets – especially the ones with poufy shoulder pads – and some flashy red heels and only once you’ve done that….head for the Purses & Bags section. Cast your eyes over the (hopefully large) selection and pick the bag you like best. Usually you can find something with flowers or sequins or (in this case) a cute fringe. It doesn’t matter if the strap is ugly cause we’ll be changing that!

On your way home, make a stop at your local craft store. Michael’s is usually good, and sometimes even Walmart. In this case, I went for Write Impressions, which is a very pretty (but way too expensive) shop near my house. Anyway, once there you should make a beeline for the ribbon section. (No getting distracted by the I-can’t-believe-they’re-fake flowers and all those soft balls of yarn! You’re on a mission!) Feast your eyes on the rainbow of ribbons and go ahead and pick the colour you absolutely fall in love with. You can afford to splurge on this! You bought the bag at a thrift store for $3.99, after all. Tell the nice lady that you would like two yards, please, because you’re making a very artsy-fartsy purse like no other.

Hurrah! You’ve now arrived home and are on the third and final step. Haul out your sharpest pair of scissors and prepare to cut the existing purse strap to shreds. Make some pirate noises as you hack away at it and finally chuck it in the garbage. Next, loop your new shiny, sparkly ribbon onto the bag in its place. Ta, da! Comment on how pretty it looks to whoever’s standing nearby. Poke them until they compliment the purse in return. Dream about what outfits you’ll pair the purse with and all the movies and bookshops and concerts you’ll go to with it strapped across your chest. Sigh a deep sigh as you return to reality. Now crank up that Jackson 5 “ABC” cause it really was easy as 1,2,3, wasn’t it?

P.S. Check out P.S. I Made This for similar tutorials. (Similar, but not nearly as classy. Hehehe!)

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