DIY bag strap

Who doesn't like an over-the-shoulder bag?  The new style where the bag is worn over one shoulder across to the opposite hip. Gone are the days when the only people you will see rocking this style are your mum or even your dad. The idea to be dressed like them is soo cringe! Even though you still love them. Not saying that there is anything wrong with your mum's style, but Alhamdulillah *Thank GOD that there is a modern version of the over-the-shoulder bag; chic, stylish and did I mention mini?


The mini bag is cute and very practical for those days when you don't need a lot of items to carry, only basic essential needs. Which is most the time for me unless I have a client fitting. when I have a load of sewing and fitting items in my bag. But for my daily needs and shopping trips, or even dinner with the girls, the mini bag is always the forerunner in the bag that I wear with my outfit. Not only is it practical, it looks amazing on us petite girls. I am team petite in everything. Sorry but not sorry! I guess it comes with the whole love yourself message I am trying to live my life. 
Love my height, love my body, live a happier life right?

Petite girls, we have it lucky. We can fit into adult clothes, and kids clothing, uh, hello Zara kids! And we look cute in anything, no matter what other people try to say. Yeah, you hear me: petite girls rock!

Unfortunately, just not when you find an over the shoulder mini handbag, in the most gorgeous nude metallic pink, with chevron stitch detail. Perfect. You buy it online and it arrives at your door. You open the box in excitement, hug the bag to your chest (who else does that when they are excited?) Put it on, over the shoulder, of course, and suddenly realise that it doesn't stop at your hip bone or even a little higher as it would do on a normal person. Oh no, this bag stops at your thighs, cutting your body proportion and making you look ridiculously short, sort of like a young child, playing dress-up with her mother's bag. *Insert sad face*

Now that was not the look I wanted. And the reality is this is not a one-time occurrence. It has happened quite a few times. But this time I had enough.  I told myself "this bag will fit me, not the other way around."

So I did what any angry petite DIY obsessed person would do! I shortened my bag to fit my petite frame. Well done me! I may have looked slightly mad doing the DIY, and there was a chance that it could have gone horribly wrong, and I could have potentially lost a brand new bag because it didn't fit! But Alhamdulillah it ended well, and my bag survived but better yet it is now the perfect height, YES!

If any of you lovely ladies frequently have the same petite girl problems as well, this tutorial is a must for you. Or if you just want to shorten your bag, you will love this tutorial, either way, it is for everyone. This DIY tutorial will only work on bags with chain straps.

What you will need:

  • Two different sized screwdrivers, with the flat tip. 1 small size, and 1 larger size.
  • Plier
  • Scissor
  • Needle & thread
Instructions:

Firstly you will need to try on your bag, and measure where you would like it stop. Then count how many chains links you will have to remove, to get your desired height. Originally I choose 10 chains from the front, and 10 from the back making it a total of 20 chain links. However, after trying on the bag half way, I decided to remove more chain links, making it 13 at the front and 13 at the back, total 26 chain links. 

Using the screwdriver, open the gap in between the first chain link. My bag has a piece leather like fabric at the top where it rests on my shoulder, so my first chain link was removed from there. However your bag may not have that piece, then your first chain link to be removed will be the link that attaches itself to your bag. 

Remove that first chain link, but keep it. You will re-use it later. You can use any size screwdriver, I used the smaller screwdriver first in the gap that connected the link, once that parted I used the larger screwdriver to open it even more, then removed the link as it no longer connected to the other links.

Using the scissors, cut the stitching that holds the strip of fabric attached in between the chain links.

Remove the strip of fabric from each link. I chose to take out 13 links, so I removed 14 fabric links. That means that the 14 links stayed in place but the fabrics that hold them in place were removed. 

Remove link number 14, the same way you removed it in step 1 with your flat top screwdriver. You can discard this link, you won't need it.

The first link you removed, link it back into the chain and use the plier to close the gap and hold it in place.

Place the strip of fabric back into the link with no fabric. Fold over the strip of fabric and hand stitch it in place. Then cut off the excess fabric.

Repeat the steps for the other side of the bag strap, and finally have a new bag length








20 comments

  1. Nice DIY !

    http://www.fruityandpassion.com/2017/02/casual-look-with-chic-bag.html

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  2. LOVE this post ๐Ÿ’— Definitely coming back to it again, I can completely relate to petite girl problems hehehe Good thing for kids clothes and they tend to be cheaper heheeh #bonuspoints

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    1. Hello fellow petite girl, lol. Its been a while since I met another petite girl that has the same problems. Yess #bonuspoints for the the cheaper price, Alhamdulillah.

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  3. Wow. Wish I have the patience for all these. Got so many talented sisters in MB... :) woot!

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    1. Thanks love, I don't know why but your comment made me laugh. I never thought of my self as someone who has patience, but your comment now has me thinking, maybe I do lol

      xoxo

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  4. Thanks for sharing, I would probably start the project then stop and get side tracked to something else .
    Will be saving this for when I find a cute mini purse I can shorten the strap for my daughter

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    1. Great idea, to use the diy for kids bags as well.

      xoxo

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  5. wow i love cool women who do cool DIY-s ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ mashallah good job

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    1. Aww, Jazak'Allah Khair that is so sweet. x

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  6. very interesting. this DIY was amazing mashaAllah. efforts paid off.

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    1. Jazak'Allah Khair, I know Alhamdulliah it paid off. Imagine if it went all horribly wrong, and I lost a good bag, sometimes I think I am a little crazy.

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  7. You are so creative! Love this DIY. Although these days I am carrying big bags to fit in all of my daughter's things!!

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    1. Jazak'Allah Khair, Yes I see it with my sisters and their kids, mini bags are usually for days without the kids.

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  8. Lol love the fun tone in the article. Can relate to the petite girl problems. Though a tiny cute purse is out of question for me now as I have petits enfants with me :)

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    1. lol, Jazak'Allah Khair, its good to think of things in the positives and fun tone even if the situation isn't. And big hello to a fellow petite lady.

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  9. This is brilliant! Thanks so much for the tip <3

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    1. Jazaka'Allah Khair, you are very welcome xx

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  10. This is so great! I love strap bags and I usually just keep one until it gets old and buy another. This will be a great way to add some more variety and different sizes as well!

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    1. Jazak'Allah Khair, yes perfect idea, having an variety is difficult when it comes to strap bags as they all pretty fix the same, but your idea is excellent.

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