Love Aesthetics

May 25, 2014


love aesthetics diy copper bar tote 0

love aesthetics diy copper bar tote 00

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love aesthetics diy copper bar tote 0000

/a copper bar
/iron saw
/sewing machine

Here you go, a basic tote bag!
I love how the simple copper bar elevates the entire bag to a luxer level, it is just that touch of uncommon hardware that this white rectangle needs. Though leather is one of my favorite materials, this time I found a nice high quality, vegan alternative. I will keep you updated on how this faux leather holds up after I’ve carried my groceries in it a couple of times.

01/ Cut two bars of 21 cm from your copper bar with an iron saw.
02/ Decide how large you want the tote bag to be and draw a rectangle twice as large on your material. On opposite sides draw the straps, which should be a little over twice as long as you want them. The space between my straps is 10 cm, the width of my straps is 3,5 cm and the length on the pattern was 18cm. If you cut out your pattern it should look a bit like image #2.
03/ Fold your pattern in two and sew it together on both sides (inside out). Now lay the corners flat on a table with the seam you just made in the center. Draw a horizontal line about 3cm from the corner. Sew along this line to give the bag some shape(see image 3). Do the same for the other side.
04/ Fold over the straps creating a loop and attach with a simple straight line of stitches (see image one). For the second line of stitches on the top of the loop, measure how thick your copper bar is, make this top loop one millimeter thinner, so that it will be tight and keep the bar in place.
05/ Put both copper bars through the loops on the four straps and you’re all done!

14 responses to “DIY / COPPER HANDLE TOTE BAG”

  1. Sarah says:

    I love this! It would be perfect for carrying a baguette and a notebook or two… aka the necessities of life.

  2. Joy. says:

    Girl, girl, girl – I want to take a look in your amazing and creative brain! Deze gaat zeker op mijn to-do-list!
    Joy | |

    With love,


  3. Another great idea! Just wondering: do your hands smell like metal after carrying it for a while? I’d really hate that.
    love, Bonnie

  4. Jay says:

    I enjoy your DIYs. They are simple and the results are always fabulous 🙂

  5. nueyork says:

    This looks so modern and chic, yet is such a simple DIY.

  6. Viveca says:

    This is beautiful. Absolutely adore the copper – it’s such i nice, simplistic design element.

  7. Chelsea says:

    I’ve gotta say, your gorgeous photos make the bag look every bit as luxe as the copper handles do. Love the DIY!

  8. Melissa says:

    Simple and yet so clever, as soon as I find some spare time I will def go shopping for some leather and try this, looks great, thanks for sharing

  9. Dora says:

    This looks fantastic but I’m on this one with Bonnie, I don’t like my hands smelling like metal.

    I would try it with pine wood sticks but you’d have to soak them in some protective chemical first.

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  11. Bridget says:

    Perfect little homemade bag. May I enquire where you found copper bars? Is it the sort of thing to seek out in a hardware store? I’m worried I might buy copper that is too soft and may bend with the bag’s weight when full…

  12. Kathy Bolton says:

    wonderful concept. one could use antique chop stix; bamboo stix; any sturdy material in a rod shape. THANK YOU THANK YOU for this brillant idea

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