There are a lot of things you find out about yourself, when you clean your closet. I was cleaning mine recently, and I realised that I’m a hoarder. Specifically, of accessories like beanies, scarves and shawls. And for someone who lives in Mumbai, where it’s perpetually warm, this doesn’t make a lot of sense. Because they don’t get used very often. Which means, that most of them are in storage through the year. So, we had to come up with a DIY idea for keeping all of our scarves and shawls in good shape.
This is why we came up with this easy DIY Storage Bag idea. It protects the scarves & shawls from dust and is convenient to pile up. Here’s how you can make your Storage Bag too!
Time: 1 hour
- Thin cloth (muslin or cotton preferably. Or a polyester mix if neither is available)
- Small embellishment
- Needle and Thread
- Fabric paint
- Floral pattern
- Fabric Pens / Thin tip pens
- 2 or 3 thin brushes (size 2 or less)
There are two parts to making these storage bags. If you’re making multiple bags, then I would recommend making all the bags first and then decorating them all together. Let’s get started!
In order to make the bags, you will need to:
- Measure out 52 cms of cloth and hem the edges inwards. You can leave the edges rough. But, the edges can unravel or tear with time.
- Fold about 10 cms upwards and hold it over the sides. Sew both of the sides, one on top of the other.
- Measure a length of ribbon that can go around the bag.
- Sew the length of thread in the middle of the upper fold. To give finish, add a small embellishment, like this rosebud on top of it.
Now that the storage bag is ready, let’s move onto the best part – the decorating! This is completely optional. But, I think it adds a dainty touch to the storage bags. All you need to do is:
- Trace or draw out the design of your choice near the edge of the upper flap. I wanted to tie it in with the embellishment, so I chose this simple rosebud design.
- Start filling in the rosebuds first. To add some shading to the design, I started by painting the light pink around one edge and slowly adding coral paint. This way there is a gradient in the colour.
- Next, fill in the leaves and vines. For the vines, I painting a single curved line. And for the leaves, it was the edges first and then paint inside.
- Lastly, use a thin tip pen to add thin outlines to the buds and leaves.
Then all you need to do is fill up the storage bags with shawls or scarves and you’re good to go! These bags will take 2-3 thin scarves per bag. But, you can always increase the size to fit in more. For instance, I have a big one for all my bulky scarves.
Here are some tips that will help:
- Avoid using a really dark pencil or smudging it too much, because it may stain the cloth.
- Don’t use water while painting, as it may cause your paint to smear. I like to use the paint directly and if that’s too thick, then I mix in a drop of oil.
- Don’t press the thin tip pens into the fabric. Instead, just lightly brush it over the flowers and leaves.
- I like to use a thin fabric, so that the colors of the scarves shine through. This makes it much easier to find. Or, you can paint the design as per the color of the scarves you want to place in them.
How did you like our DIY Storage Bag idea for shawls and scarves ? Let me know your thoughts on them in the comments below or through the media links given below!