Designer Dupe // D.I.Y Woven Basket Bag

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This basket bag trend is absolutely one of my favorites. It's like carrying a little picnic basket on your arm. I saw this JADETribe bag on Instagram, checked it out and the price seemed way too high for me. It also seemed pretty easy to try to make. So I sought out a basket bag on Etsy that fit the shape I was looking for, got some string and created this little designer dupe ;)

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SUPPLIES //

• Straw bag // I found this Etsy shop online called LakeOfLife the bags are made in Thailand and it is so well made. I highly recommend the shop! Fast shipping too! The bag I purchased was $20.
• Yarn // any color you want! I wanted to keep mine white so it would be neutral. 
• Super Sharp Scissors //
Fiskars 8 Inch Forged Scissors —These ones in particular are great. You want them to be super sharp because when making your pom pom, you have to cut through a lot of strands at once and you want a clean cut.
• Optional PomPom Maker // This isn't a necessity, the tutorial below shows you how to make them without one. The one I have is this one here
• Needle and Thread // You want a thick, sturdy needle. The thread color should match the color you choose for your poms
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First you want to unravel a bunch of your yarn. Start wrapping the yarn around your hand like below. I wrapped it around my hand about 75 times—it only takes about 2 minutes. Once you have done that, cut the strand.

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Then you want to slide the bunch off of your hand—keep it as neat as you can. Cut another strand of yarn, about 7 inches long. Tie the strand around the bunch in the middle. Tie it as tight as you can—double knot it. 

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Take your scissors, and cut each side of the loops like below. 

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After both sides are cut, you want to fluff around the strands so they are in the shape of a PomPom (it will be really messy). Then trim, trim, trim! Trim around all the sides so the strands are equal and you have a sphere shape. You can make it as imperfect or perfect as you want!

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Next you want to thread your needle! Knot the ends pretty good, I tied mine three times. You want the knot to be a bit larger. Then sew through your pom pom once, and then go back thought it again. Make sure you are sewing through the middle of the pom.

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Next you want to sew it on to the bag! This is why you want a thicker, sturdy needle. You want to pierce through a section where the woven strands meet. I would recommend sewing through at least twice. Make sure they are on pretty good! And then repeat with the other two poms! I started with the middle pom to make sure all 3 would be centered on the bag.        

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And well-ah!! Have fun rocking your bag! 

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Much love <3 Amanda