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Why Scrunchies Work Wonders for Thick Hair

  Photo by cottonbro studio on Pexels Thick hair comes with its fair share of challenges, especially when it's time to look for the right hair accessory that not only conforms to the width of the strands, but also maintains its durability. For those with luscious locks, the struggle to find a reliable and comfortable hair tie is real. Read on to discover why scrunchies are not just a fashion statement but a practical and effective solution for those with thick hair.  Gentle Hold One of the primary concerns for those with thick hair is the likeliness of damage and breakage caused by hair ties that are either too thin or too tight. Likewise, traditional elastics, such as the classic rubber band, can be incredibly harsh, leading to stress on the hair shaft and the possibility of extensive damage from pulling and tugging on the band. Scrunchies, with their soft and elastic fabric, provide a gentler hold. The larger surface area distributes the pressure more evenly, reducing the risk o

How to Transform Your Designer Shopping Bags Into Tote Bags?

 

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If you're one to accumulate lots of designer shopping bags, I'm sure that you often wonder what to do with these bags. Besides, they're durable, and there's no point in throwing them in the trash can. In a world where environmental issues have become rampant, the concept of upcycling can be a creative and sustainable way to repurpose items that would otherwise be discarded. Additionally with fast fashion being an increasingly unsustainable market, we've become somewhat obligated to contribute to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. 

Designer shopping bags are often made from high-quality materials as well as distinctive designs. So, why not transform these stylish bags  into eco-friendly tote bags?  I'm sure you're wondering where to begin with upcycling. Is there a step-by-step process? Read on to discover more.

Gather Your Materials

The first step is to gather the materials that you would need before diving into the upcycling process. Here's a list of what is typically needed embark on this journey.

  • Designer Shopping Bag: Collect a variety of bags with interesting designs and durable materials. Look for bags made with materials like laminated paper, canvas, or sturdy plastics. 
  • Scissors or Crafting Knife: A pair of scissors or a crafting knife is essential for precise and clean cuts.
  • Adhesive or Glue: Choose a strong adhesive, such as fabric glue, an all-purpose glue, or a fabric glue gun. Make sure the adhesive provides a secure bond.
  • Handles for Tote Bags: If you're planning to create tote bags, you'll need sturdy handles. These can be purchased from craft stores or repurposed from old bags or accessories.
  • Embellishments (Optional): A variety of embellishments can be used to create extra flair. Buttons, beads, fabric patches, and other decorative elements can enhance the overall aesthetic of your creation.
  • Sealant or Clear Adhesive (Optional): Using a sealant or clear adhesive can add an extra layer of protection to ensure the longevity of your creation.
  • Ruler: This will help you ensure precise measurements, guaranteeing the accurate alignment and placement of materials.


 

 Upcycling Designer Bags Into Tote Bags
  • Select a designer bag with a captivating design that you want to feature on your tote bag. Consider how it would look once it's transformed.
  • Remove all debris from the bag. Ensure that it's clean and ready for preparation. Flatten the bag on a smooth surface to make cutting and working with it easy.
  • Use scissors or a crafting knife to carefully cut out the sides of the shopping bag. Follow the natural seams to create two large, flat pieces. Cut off the handles.
  •   Purchase bag handles from a crafting store. Choose handles that are made of durable materials, such as leather, canvas, or reinforced fabric. Determine the desired height of your tote bag handles. Measure equal distances from the top edges of both cut bag pieces and mark the position where the handles will be attached.
  • Strengthen the attached points by add extra material. You can do so by cutting small strips of excess fabric and glue them over the marked handle positions on both sides.
  • Apply a moderate amount of adhesive or fabric glue to the reinforced attachment points. Press firmly onto the points. Hold them in place to allow the adhesive to set. Let them dry before moving on to the next step. 
  • Place the two cut pieces of the designer bag on top of each other with your desired design facing outward. Apply adhesive or fabric glue along the edges, leaving the top open. Press the edges together, and allow the glue to dry.
  • You can enhance your tote bag by adding embellishments. Add any decorative elements to personalize your creation.
Adding a Sturdy Bottom to the Upcycled Tote Bag
If you want to opt out of using the bottom of the designer shopping bag for your upcycled tote bag, this extra step can ensure that your bag can carry heavier items without any risk of tearing or losing its shape. 

  • Select a piece of sturdy fabric that complements the design of your tote bag. This will become the bottom panel of your tote. 
  • Measure the width and length of the bottom of your tote bag. Cut additional material to match the dimensions. Adjust measurements according to your preferences. 
  • Apply adhesive or fabric glue to the backside of the bottom panel. Align the bottom panel with the bottom edges of your tote bag. Press the panel firmly onto the bag, ensuring the edges are securely attached. Hold it in place for a few minutes to allow the glue to set. Once the glue has dried, consider testing the stability of your tote bag.
 


Upcycling your designer shopping bags is an eco-friendly practice in addition to a creative way to breathe new life into these items.

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