Summer is on it's way which means it’s the perfect time to embrace carefree boho style. Here's an easy tutorial to reimagine last year’s scarf as this year’s beach bag, with minimal sewing required.
Any square piece of fabric will work for this project. I used a scarf I had made myself and block printed with my own patterns. The style of the bag is largely determined by the pattern on the scarf you choose, so pick one that speaks to you!
In the end, when it comes time to decorate it, remember that the beauty of this bag is that it can be as simple or elaborate as you'd like. Keep it pared down and elegant or go for a dramatic boho look. Experiment with different colors, add lots of tassels and embellish it to your heart’s content.
⁃ one scarf measuring at least 65cm square
⁃ 2 yards of 3/8” twisted cotton rope
⁃ 2 metal eyelets
⁃ eyelet setting kit
⁃ yarn or embroidery thread
⁃ large embroidery needle
⁃ sewing machine (or sew by hand, there isn’t a lot of sewing)
⁃ thread for sewing
⁃ sturdy metal comb
Fold the scarf in half, top corners together and the sides lined up nice and even. Stitch up both sides.
On each top corner, mark where your grommet will go. I like to put it about 2-3cm down from the top and over from the side.
Cut a round hole through both layers of fabric, large enough to fit the taller portion of the eyelet through. Following the directions on your kit, set the eyelet in place. The fabric should be sandwiched between the two pieces of the eyelet. It’s best to hammer on a sturdy, solid surface or on the floor if you don’t have a sturdy table. Repeat this on the other corner too.
Thread the cotton rope through the eyelet, in through the back and out the front of the bag, on both corners. Wrapping the raw edges of the rope with tape will prevent them from unraveling and make them easier to fit through the holes.
Adjust the length of rope to the length of strap you’d like. You can leave it longer for a cross body bag or make it shorter to create a handbag. Tie a basic knot on each side to secure the length.
Now it’s time to make the tassels! There should be 2 long sections of rope hanging from each side of your bag. Trim the rope to the length you’d like your tassel to be. I like to make mine about as long as the side of the bag.
Begin untwisting the rope and combing out the tassel. Work in sections and continue combing until it’s all untangled. Finish it off by gathering it together and trimming the bottom in a even, straight line.
The bag is basically finished now, but why not go farther and add some colorful wrapping? Take a long length of yarn or embroidery thread and tie it onto the rope where you'd like your block of wrapping to start. Weave the knot and loose end of thread into the rope and then wrap around it. Continue wrapping, wrapping, wrapping, until you've covered as much of the rope as you'd like. If you run out of yarn or want to change colors, just knot both pieces together, weave the loose ends back into the rope and continue on.
At the end, tie the yarn into another knot around the rope. Using a large needle, weave the loose end back into the wrapping and trim it off. For even more decoration, repeat the same wrapping process on the top of the tassels.
A FEW TIPS
Don't have a scarf? Any square piece of fabric will work, but you might want to finish the edges first. Bandanas are also great for this project.
The only thing needed that you might not have lying around is the eyelet setting kit. Most kits come with all the tools you need, minus a hammer, as well as about 10 eyelets. They can be found in most craft stores.
When it’s time to comb out the tassels, be patient! It could take a few minutes of combing before a nice, fluffy, tassel appears. Work slowly. You might also find it helpful to iron the rope straight after combing each section.
That's it! You're ready to hit the beach. Fill the bag up with towels, a book and some SPF and be happy that you have a bag that's all your own design. We'll see you out there!
Late last summer we heard some really exciting news. Akemi Kan and Mina Soma from Anna Magazine were traveling the east coast working on a special issue, The Explorers : Road Trip USA and Chapman at Sea made the list of places they wanted to stop. Of course we were happy to welcome them into our little space, show them around and talk about what we do.
The photos and interview are out now in the latest issue of anna magazine and we're so stoked to see it! Pick up a copy for an inside look at where we work and how each bag is made.
Here at Chapman at Sea we're big fans of recycled, repurposed materials. It's always exciting to see something old being given a new life, especially if its new purpose is something entirely different from what it was intended for originally. It was this love of reinventing things that led to our latest collaboration. Tasha teamed up with Mollie Makes magazine and came up with a plan to turn an old scarf into a brand new summer beach bag.
The scarf we used is our own design and features the Chapman at Sea "Surf Tribe" print on clean, fine linen. What's nice about this idea though is that it will work with any large scarf, so choose something that fits your personal style. If you don't already have such a scarf, that can be easily fixed with a visit to your local thrift shop.
So, how is it made? To put it simply, the scarf is folded in half, grommets are set in each corner and a rope is threaded through to make a handle. It's an easy project that will have your old scarves living a new beach bag life in a very short amount of time.
For the complete details on the making of the bag pick up Mollie Makes Issue 68, which is out right now in the US. If you're not that crafty, just don't feel like making things or are interested in the bag shown here. check out our Etsy shop. The actual bag that appeared in the magazine is currently for sale there.
Mollie Makes is a lifestyle magazine for those who live creatively. They bring you the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging you to adapt and share your own crafty spin on things. They celebrate creative industries and give up-and-coming designers their first platform. They discuss hot topics in the design world with lots of insider tips. And above all, Mollie Makes aims to inspire you to live your best, artful life.
The latest issue puts the focus on our own creator, maker & designer, Tasha Chapman. The magazine is on sale today May 26 2016, in the UK.
Creative endeavours are more than a day job for the Mollie Makes team. From choosing gorgeous indie cushions and prints for interiors pages to learning how to take beautiful photos for the website and Instagram feeds; customising their clothes to making gifts for friends, MM is crafting along with us. They love trying new things and being inspired by what you’re creating, wearing and blogging about too.
The Mollie Makes community is supportive, lively and full of crafty knowledge and like-minded people.
Readers can subscribe here: http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/stitch-craft/mollie-makes-magazine-subscription/
Download the iPad version here: http://goo.gl/qzprk
And keep up-to-date with the blog here: www.molliemakes.com
Northcore™ is a British based European surf & board riding company that's all about innovation and design. They offer fresh, practical, quality products designed to meet a need for surfers and adventure sports. Northcore also strives to maintain a socially responsible company ethos, with the long term support of environmental and recycling initiatives central to its outlook.
Recently Northcore approached us to design a bespoke collection of board bags for The Northcore Collective, a unique initiative through which they work with real craftsmen, creating classic pieces made to last a lifetime. In their own words, The Northcore Collective enables them to create the kinds of pieces that "we love to own."
Of course it's always a good time working with like-minded people and companies so not only were we flattered by the invite but we were more than happy to jump on board. For The Northcore Collective Chapman at Sea has created two board bags. They're modeled after our best selling bag, The Sailor, but in a special selection of colors and with a few details exclusive to this collaboration. There's also a bit of hand drawn artwork on each bag.
Like every Chapman at Sea board bag, these are designed to last a long time. They're available through Northcore only in both classic shortboard and retro shapes and they should be out for the 2015 holiday season. Visit Northcore for more info and while you're there check out all of their beautiful photos and films as well.
Last year Chapman at Sea received a last minute request from a local Miami photographer for a surfboard bag for an upcoming photo shoot. A lot of brands shoot their summer styles around Miami since it usually looks sunny and tropical here, even in winter.
The only bag we had on hand was a Stormy Stubbs, so after some quick coordinating, off it went for the shoot. We didn't know much about what was in store for the bag at the time. The photos turned out to be for Next - a major retailer, originally from the UK, that also has a huge online store and ships pretty much everywhere.
Here are a few photos from the Next Directory. Looks like they used it (very appropriately) for showing off a flamingo covered look. It's always fun to see our bags being styled and shot by the pros, and this was no exception. For more info on ordering a bag like this one, send us an email.
It's an exciting day today because we get to announce something new that's been in the works for a long time. Meet Wild Wolf Collective, an online shop based in Western Australia that offers beautiful, mostly handmade gear and accessories for all the sun-seekers out there
When their founder Chella approached us last year to create some exclusive styles for them, we were beyond happy to join in. The resulting "Mandala" surfboard bags are something we're really proud of - they're a little different from our usual aztec patterned bags. The prints are more feminine, flowing & free. Wild Wolf Collective is the exclusive purveyor of these designs, and it's been tough keeping them under wraps while the shop came together.
The new store has a really good feeling about it. It probably has a lot to do with the inspiring person behind it all. In Chella's words...
A Wild Wolf Collective girl breathes in inspiration and exudes radiant joy, taking time to listen to her heart, feed her spirit and nurture her soul. She is consciously present and passionate to live – loving music, nature, the feeling of salt in her hair and sand between her toes, she rocks her own individual style!
We are definitely into that!
Besides stocking all the original Sandbags, WWC also has the entire "Palms Collection" and a special "Sailor" bag with watery blue stripes and a nude leather nose.
Thanks to Chella & WWC for bringing Chapman at Sea to Australia!
A project that's been in the works for months finally goes live today. We were asked by Free People to design a one of a kind board bag for their summer collection. It's our basic natural canvas bag, embellished with Tasha's tribal patterns. Unlike the Scribbs, this artwork in done in vibrant neon pinks and oranges. Perfect for a summer at the beach and only available on through the FP website.