Here’s a little DIY I came up with after running into a bit of a conundrum when trying to pack for a few upcoming bachelorette parties. Without making myself sound like too much of a fogie, I’m well past my clubbing phase, and I realized I no longer owned any Vegas or Cancun-appropriate tiny purses or pochettes. But I didn’t want to go out and purchase an entirely new bag that I knew would likely just get shoved in the back of my closet (at least until some of my other friends got engaged). After scouring Pinterest for an hour or so, I saw that the young whippersnappers were favoring teeny, colorful crossbody wallet-on-chain bags and then it hit me! A wallet-on-chain is not much more than what the moniker implies – a wallet on a chain. So I basically just took my Chanel wallet and popped a chain on it to turn it into a mini purse. The neat thing about this DIY is that when you’re done using your wallet-on-chain, you can simply convert it back to a regular wallet. Don’t you just love convertible accessories? Read on to see the full how-to tutorial.
IMPORTANT: Before getting started, you’re probably well aware that a Chanel (or any other designer item) is not a toy. You probably paid good money for yours, so it’s important to be very careful when manipulating it in any way. The techniques used in the following tutorial are pretty basic, but if you’ve never tried them before it’s definitely a good idea to practice on some scrap leather or fabric first. Then you can be confident when you go to work on your pricier wallet!
YOU WILL NEED:
– a pencil
– a thick needle
– a toothpick, needlenose pliers or something else that’s a bit thicker than the needle
– 4 eyelets (I used 3/16-inch silver eyelets like these)
– a grommet/eyelet setting tool kit (make sure it’s for 3/16-inch eyelets)
– a hammer to use with your kit to set your eyelet
– 2 heavy duty 18 gauge open jump rings (9 or 10mm like the ones seen here)
– pliers – purse chain with hooks on both ends like these (I made mine myself so if you’re interested in doing the same, please comment on this post and I can create a new tutorial showing you how to do that)