After seeing Burberry's obsession with tassels, and not being able to afford one (what's new), I decided to put my DIY skills to the test and make one.
Their HUGE tassels are beautiful !
I got lucky and found a plain American Apparel 100% leather clutch for under $20.00 but you can purchase the same one HERE online for $50.00 or do some thrift store hunting of your own :).
Along with a bag of choice you also need:
> A small piece of leather cord ( depending on how long you want the tassels to hang)
> Gold spikes
>Burgundy vinyl (ITS FALL! YAY!)
> A glue gun
>Glue gun sticks
I added in some magnetic closures in the picture in case you want to sew your own pouch & don't have a zipper. If you choose to do magnetic clasps, attach your tassels with a cute button :).
Cut out 2 strips (depending on the length you want the tassels)
Cut fringe leaving about an inch at the top to attach the leather cord.
Use the hot glue gun to attach the cord and continue to roll and glue the strip of fringe until it is completely rolled up.
Cut 2 triangles from the burgundy vinyl to use on the corners of the bag.
Poke the back of the spikes through the leather and place the triangles that were cut out on top of them. Fasten the triangles to the bag with the gold spikes.
It may not be Burberry, but it is ONE OF A KIND! That's a good trade if you ask me .
Another way to update this American apparel bag can be found on one of my favorite blogs Atlantic-Pacific.