Bag It Up: How to Make a Basket Bag for Summer

How to make a basket bag for summer! I love this tutorial because it's so easy and you can use almost any basket! Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diybag #diysummer #summerdiy #diy #weekendproject

Using a simple basket (nearly any basket will work), you can create a super cute summer bag that is totally on trend.

Inspired by these bags from Clare V that I literally have been seeing everywhere lately, I wanted to create a bag that wouldn’t break the bank, but would mimic this look. After a little trial and error, I came up with this quick and easy tutorial. And you’ll only need a few supplies to make your own!

Convert any basket to an on-trend basket bucket bag for summer. Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diypurse #diybag #summerdiy

How to make a basket bag for summer! I love this tutorial because it's so easy and you can use almost any basket! Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diybag #diysummer #summerdiy #diy #weekendproject

Materials for DIY Summer Basket Bag

  • cool basket with no handles (linked up some of my favorites below)
  • leather scraps or straps (length dependent on preference)
  • leather hole punch
  • needle and embroidery floss in desired color
  • ruler / straight edge
  • sharp knife or boxcutter (for cutting the leather)

How to Make a DIY Summer Basket Bag

1. Start by cutting down a piece of leather to your desired handle size. For one of the baskets (the neon striped one), I cut the leather down to just one piece that is 11 inches long and 2 inches wide. And the other basket, was cut into two leather handles that are each 9.5 inches long and 1 inch wide.

It would also be cool to do a bag with really long leather straps that tape on more of a tote shape, if you have a basket that would work for that. There are lots of possibilities for this one!

2. Once the handle or handles have been cut, punch holes on each end of the leather in your desired design. For the neon striped basket, I did three evenly spaced holes toward the bottom of each end of the strap. And for the earthy striped basket, I punched two evenly spaced holes toward the bottom of each end of the leather handles.

3. Next, determine your desired placement of the handles on the basket and attach each handle to the basket with embroidery floss. Just triple knot one end of the embroidery floss and then start threading through the inside of the basket and go through the already punched holes several times each (4-5 times each ย hole should be good). Then thread the floss through to the inside once more and triple knot the end before cutting off any excess.

4. Repeat this process from step 3 on all the handle holes until everything is secure and then it’s ready to use.

How to make a basket bag for summer! I love this tutorial because it's so easy and you can use almost any basket! Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diybag #diysummer #summerdiy #diy #weekendproject

Need some basket inspiration before you get started? Here are a handful of baskets that I think would be perfect for this project! Roll over any basket below for more details or click to shop that item.

When I use one of these bags, I usually carry my wallet, sunglasses, some makeup, my keys, and a few other small items. And it holds up great! But that said, these DIY summer basket bags probably aren’t meant for a ‘kitchen sink’ bag moment.

As long as you stitch the embroidery floss through multiple times, as I suggested, it’s totally sturdy for general use.

Make an On-Trend Basket Bucket Bag in Just a Few Minutes! Who knew it was this easy. Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diybag #diysummer #summerdiy #diy #weekendproject

How to make a basket bag for summer! I love this tutorial because it's so easy and you can use almost any basket! Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diybag #diysummer #summerdiy #diy #weekendproject

How to make a basket bag for summer! I love this tutorial because it's so easy and you can use almost any basket! Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diybag #diysummer #summerdiy #diy #weekendproject

Make an On-Trend Basket Bucket Bag in Just a Few Minutes! Who knew it was this easy. Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diybag #diysummer #summerdiy #diy #weekendproject

Make an On-Trend Basket Bucket Bag in Just a Few Minutes! Who knew it was this easy. Click through for the tutorial. #diyfashion #diybag #diysummer #summerdiy #diy #weekendproject

Photography Brittni Mehlhoff

Are you as excited for summer as I am? Minus the extreme heat in Atlanta, I ‘m happy to have an excuse to start with the summer project ideas!

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16 comments | Click here to reply

That is such a neat idea, and it looks so beautiful!
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Michelle

Thanks Michelle. I just love how easy it is.

Brittni

This is such a cool and helpful idea considering this type of bag is the one for the season!
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Andrea

Definitely a great bag for the season, Andrea. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brittni

Brilliant idea – looks very posh.

Paul

Thanks Paul. I appreciate that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Brittni

What?! This is the cutest! And so easy! Thanks so much for sharing.

Kacey Perez

Aw, thanks Kacey. Always nice to hear.

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That’s a nice DIY!! I made one and it looks awesome. Perfect for shopping veggies and fruits. This DIY should be promoted more, there is a great need for an alternative to plastic bags.

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These are so adorable!!๐Ÿ˜ I am going to make one for myself….if all goes well then my daughter will get one! You have great insructions!๐ŸŒท Thanks for this really cool idea๐Ÿ˜Š Take care, Stacy

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Amazing idea! I never would have thought of that. But then again that’s why your blog is so successful and exactly why we included you on our best sites to follow in 2019!

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This is also great for the environment! Staying away from plastic and creating something re-usable.

Thanks!

Kyle

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