Delineate Your Dwelling

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West Elm knock-off bag

Friday, February 28, 2014

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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44 comments:

  1. LOVE this bag! You did such a great job! I hope you'll link it up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop that is live right now. Pinned!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  2. You know, I actually like yours better than the WE version! It's fabulous and I just might be borrowing your idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I was really impressed with how the gold turned out. Normally with paints you don't get that nice metallic shine, but this one was great!

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  3. Beautiful bag, love the gold. West Elm is amazing, but a great knock off is even better.

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    1. I'm on a new mission to do more knock off projects! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. That is amazing! I love the look of the bag you made! Thanks for linking up!! http://timeforseason.blogspot.com/2014/03/my-favorite-things-saturdays-31.html

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  5. This is so awesome! I need to make one!

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  6. whaaat?! This is fantastic! I've had my eye on that West Elm bag forever. Excellent work. Now if you'll just kindly put one in the mail for me...

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  7. Awesome! The black and white stripe plus gold speak my language!

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  8. Amy, I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with this!!! Pinning so I can remember to recreate it later. Great job. So awesome! - Bre @ Average But Inspired

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  9. Perfection!! At first glance I thought the west elm photo was untouched and that your bag was the original!

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  10. Your tote turned out so well! Beautiful!

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  11. CUTE! I do love anything from west elm ;)

    http://tellloveandchocolate.blogspot.com/

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  12. This is so cute and I love the design of the bag you decided to knockoff! I want one! Pinned :)

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  13. OBSESSED! Seriously I want this bag! You did an amazing job

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  14. Everything you do is magic! Love it!

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  15. You totally nailed this! Thanks for sharing at The Makers Amy!

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  16. Wow! Awesome job, the tote is soooo pretty! Haha, I have to rebuy so many things because I can't find tape or scissors, you know that kind of thing! LOL

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  17. This is so cute and so simple...how'd of thought?! I'm definitely going to have to try this one!

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  18. I love the bag and your clear easy instructions to make it, but most of all I love how you photoshopped it into the website!

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  19. Super cute, Amy! I love the gold.
    Thank you for sharing this at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  20. This is so adorable! I bet you carry it everywhere :) Love all the great things that can be done with a plain tote bag, and this one may be one of my favorites!

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  21. thanks for joining up and linking at Take-A-Look Tuesday - - just wanted to give you a heads up that I featured you yesterday!!
    --Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  22. So simple- and super cute Amy. This bag would be perfect for my holiday! Hmm.... wonder if I have time to make one:)

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  23. What a cute bag Amy!! You are so clever!!
    Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}!

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  24. This is AMAZING! I love West Elm so much...including this bag. I also love the green stool you featured in this photo, haha. So glad I stumbled upon your blog!

    - Kate @ Toile + Thyme

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  25. This bag is really cute! I'm going to try it!

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

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  26. Super cute, and I really couldn't tell the difference between them. Great job,and thanks for linking up to the Do Tell Tuesday party.

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  27. I think I actually like your version better and you can't beat that price!

    ...and congrats! You are featured on this week's Do Tell Tuesday link party and have been pinned to our features board! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week too. :) http://www.vintagezest.com/2014/03/do-tell-tuesday-14-with-features-co-host.html

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

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  28. Amazing! Can you make me one-haha? I am obsessed with bags, and stripes..LOVE! Featuring you today at WIW!Hugs...

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  29. You've been featured at Link'n Blogs! The party goes live tonight at 10pm MST, so stop by to see your feature. Congrats! :)
    http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com/2014/03/linkn-blogs-16-giveaway.html

    xo
    Daniela

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  30. I totally love your bag more than the West Elm version - it's bolder, it pops way more! Great job :)

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  31. What a super cute bag. Thanks for sharing it, Pinned to the party board!

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  32. OK - I pinned this idea when you first posted with ever intend to make a similiar one. In my true fashion, it has yet to get done. BUT I keep seeing this idea all over the blogworld! It has reinforced my desire to make one...I am makign a list and hitting Michaels tomorrow!!!

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  33. LOVE your bag! Featuring you today from the Creative Connection Party :)

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  34. Thanks so much for linking to Whimsy Wednesday! I featured your fabulous pretty West Elm Bag today in my roundup! I would love to have one!

    You can see the post here >
    http://www.ohmy-creative.com/spring/pretty-spring-projects/

    Thanks,
    Susan

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