I love West Elm. I big time heart West Elm. If I had to pick one single store to literally bring my toothbrush and move in, it would be West Elm.
Today I will be sharing how you can create this West Elm Shoulder Bag for a fraction of the cost!
Here is my inspiration bag, the Baggu Dipped Tote in gold. It comes in at a price of Forty five dollars. I did a little photoshop action and added my knock off Canvas Shoulder Bag for a side by side comparison. My bag came in at a total of Eight dollars.
The first order of business was purchasing your canvas tote. I got mine at Hobby Lobby and there are a ton of options as to what type or style of bag you can select. I went for simple with no frills.
I then took masking tape (I can't locate our painter's tape to save my life) and started blocking out the stripe pattern. I started at the middle bottom and worked my way up. Leave the strap as is.
I used my black acrylic paint and added some (affiliate link) acrylic fabric paint medium as per the directions said. I slowly started filling in the blank spaces.
After about an hour, I removed the masking tape. Phew, what a lovely surprise so far.
Next, I wanted to mimic the black stripes along the West Elm bag handles but didn't want to paint them. I was worried even with using acrylic fabric paint medium that the paint would bleed onto the shoulders of my clothing. So, I grabbed some black ribbon and sewed them are fairly regular intervals.
I cut the ribbon to be wider than the strap and then after they were all sewn on, cut them down to size.
To get the gold color, I tried a new product called (affiliate link) Stencil Spray Fabric Paint, Gold Glimmer. I wrapped the entire bag in a plastic bag and taped down the edges just at the edge of the last black stripe. I could not have been more pleased with the color. It took two quick swipes and was the perfect shimmery gold.
Have you attempted a West Elm knock off project? I can't wait to start another!
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