Americana motifs and military gear were huge in the 90s, and with the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time for this Patriotic DIY Crossbody Bag. With an Army Surplus Map Case Bag, which can be found for about $10-$15 at local stores or ordered here, and just a few artistic touches, you can easily create a personalized bag that will make your Independence Day a little bit grungier and a lot more awesome.
How you do it:
1. If you're using a standard Army Surplus map bag like mine, unfasten the strap from the body of the bag.
2. Unsnap the bag flap and lay it flat, facing up on a covered surface.
3. Lay down the star stencil on the upper portion of the flap, holdy it firmly in place, and lightly sponge on the white or cream fabric paint with the foam brush, leaving parts of the fabric exposed for an imperfect and worn feel. (The stars could also easily be drawn with chalk or pencil and sponged, but the stencils make it REALLY easy.)
4. Add stars spaced out somewhat evenly to the top portion of the bag flap (I made five), stopping before the stitching that seperates the bottom portion of the flap from the top.
5. Still using the white or cream paint, move down to the bottom part of the flap and create stripes. (Using 1" sponge brushes like I did makes this process very simple because you can just drag the brush evenly along and can use the stitched line as a guide. And they're really cheap!)
6. Using a light amount of blue paint, start dabbing the sponge brush onto the top portion, loosely tracing around stars. Again, this is meant to be somewhat sparse and imperfect, so don't worry about even lines or perfect coverage.
7. Repeat step 5, this time adding in the red stripes. (For mine, I wanted the red to be a bit muted and vintage looking, and since there isn't a huge variety of fabric paint colors, I added a bit of the cream color and just a dot of black to a basic red- "graying" the color to make it feel worn.
8. And since I seem to be obsessed with glue-on studs lately (and had a lot left from yesterday's DIY day), I added the optional step of gluing down a 2-stud-wide strip (trimmed with scissors) all the way down the strap.
9. Let the paint and glue dry for a few hours and then reconnect and wear!
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