It is so satisfying to finish a project. And this DIY vintage wicker handbag transformation is complete! The finishing touch was the addition of a sweet lolita makeup pouch. Blending form and function, the pouch is more substantial than a typical makeup bag – by about 2 inches. It also features a small clip so that keys don’t slide around or get lost when you open and close your purse. Alternatively little charms could be attached to it to add a personal touch.
I didn’t follow a pattern for this bag but I did flip a Lancôme freebie inside out to examine their general construction. I doubled a piece of the cherry fabric and ironed in some fusible interfacing to half of the fabric. The side with the interfacing became the outside and with the extra stiffness I was able to embellish it with lace to match the main handbag. I then attached a swivel clip to some pink ribbon for the key chain. Last was the addition of a big pink ribbon.
I wanted to use a white zipper, but my sewing stash failed me. Seeing the finished product, I think it worked out best to have the contrasting red zipper instead. After inserting the zipper I serged the two sides and then a quick stitch across the bottom corners gave the pouch its final shape.
The pouch comfortably holds a brush, hand lotion, blush and a powder compact with some room to spare. If your wondering where to keep Life’s Sweet Essential #4 – Money, well, my Vivian Westwood wallet tucks in nicely in front of the pockets on the other side of the purse.
I’ll conclude this DIY July project with a small photo shoot of the finished handbag and a few before and after shots to show its makeover.