Ikea Straw Bag Hack

Have you been thinking about gift ideas for Christmas like I have? I am a big fan of giving gifts that are homemade or have my personal touch on them. I think it means so much to the receiver to have been given a gift that I’ve put some thought and time into.


Recently while I was at Ikea I found a huge stack of these awesome straw totes that were only $3.99 each. Who doesn’t love a cute bag? After I bought one I thought it would be perfect for trips to the pool in the summer, but as I got looking at it I realized it could be embellished in tons of ways and would make usable and inexpensive gifts. My mind went crazy with the possibilities. First, I decided to grab some ribbon that was on sale at Hobby Lobby and do some weaving. The only other thing I needed to do that was a needle that had an eye big enough to thread the ribbon into.


The way the bag is woven is perfect to hold the stitches where you place them.


My spools of ribbon have between 12 and 15 feet on them and 12 feet was exactly what I needed to do each row. Starting with the white floral ribbon I started weaving from one side of the bag with the end of the ribbon on the inside. I eyeballed the line of the stitching about five inches from the top. You could easily measure where you would like your row to be and mark that line.


If you try doing this you will need to work with the ribbon to make sure it stays straight and doesn’t get twisted. My stitches are about an inch apart and you will create the stitches backwards.


So, you will push your needle up about an inch away from the previous stitch and go back down next to the previous stitch. 


I went all the way around the basket and ended with the end of the ribbon inside. I knotted both ends together. The stitching on the inside will look like a braid.

I did the same thing with the pink and blue ribbons. The pink is about an inch above the white ribbon and the blue is about an inch and a half below the white ribbon.


I made a quick tassel and attached it to the handle. I think attaching a matching flower would be cute, too.

Can you imagine the possibilities? I’m thinking painting stripes would be fun or using thick yarn and then hang pom poms from the handle. You could even embroider different designs on the bag (chevrons, squares, etc.) What kinds of things would you do?

Now that it’s fancied up it would be darling as a purse, a bag to put your stitchery into, or a shopping bag. 

I love it! Now to get busy making some more.

Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


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