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Make Your Own - A Budget-Friendly Ikea Placemat Straw Bag Hack

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Straw and raffia bags and basket are all the rage this season. I had fantasized about making my own, but it seemed like too much of a learning curve for me. Until one day, inspiration stroke at pretty unexpected place: Ikea.

I cannot remember what I was there for. Probably to feed my #homejungle fever (I still cannot get over the luxuriant monstera I got there). As I walked down the stairs, my eyes were drawn to the place mat selection, and especially the ones made with natural fiber, such as palm leaf and water hyacinth.

I looked at them, selected a couple, and as I was piling them up, I realized I could use them to make something creative and surprising. Giddy with excitement, I got three different models.

To add to my luck, I also found natural ribbon to tie my place mats together. We might all have string and twine at home, but I figured I'd make this a complete Ikea hack!

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé


Straw Bag DIY

Straw and raffia bags and basket are all the rage this season. While vintage ones are rare finds, new models can be pricey. So I came up with this $10 Ikea hack.

Active time: 20 min
Total time: 20 min

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Supplies

Tools

  • A pair of scissors

Instructions

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Cut 80 to 90 inches of ribbon.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Align your place mats.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Tie them together with a first knot.

Tie the knot at the top right or left corner of your bag. Don't tie it too high or the opening of your bag will be too small for you to be able to put larger items in your bag.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Secure the knot by wrapping ribbon a couple times around it and tying another knot.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Continue sewing your place mats together until you've reached the opposite corner of your bag.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Tighten your work.

You want to make sure that smaller items will not fall off your bag between the 2 place mats.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Tie a final knot at the opposite top corner and secure it.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Cut six 12 inches long pieces of ribbon.

You will use these to create your bag's handles.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Braid 2 handles with three strands each.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • Tie each handle at the top of each placemat.

Tie one handle per mat. Make sure they align and are the same length.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

  • (optional) Tighten the knots with an additional piece of ribbon and trim the ends.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé

Notes

I like to put little pouches in my bag, to make sure I do not loose little items.

A Budget-Friendly Ikea Hack Straw Bag DIY by Conscious by Chloé


Do you have Ikea hacks to recommend? I'm on a DIY high and would love to try them.


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My 10×10 Closet Challenge - Winter Edition (2018) - Day 3

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

Happy Humpday!

Today is an exciting day. I'm moving in my studio (paint job: Done!) and tonight, I'm meeting someone I met on Instagram 1 week ago! I felt that we had things in common, I'm very interested in her work, so I asked, and she said yes! Sometimes things have a way of working out!

My Day 3 Outfit

I been wearing a version of this outfit ever since I got this jumpsuit (remember this one?).

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

  • Tee-shirt - The Bee and The Fox - Made in Mexico
  • Cardigan (old) - Similar
  • Jumpsuit (old) - Open Air Museum - Made in the USA (Portland, OR) - Similar
  • Clogs - Sandgrens - Made in Sweden

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

  • Bag - DIY (I know I promised you a tutorial here, it's coming up!)

  • Earrings - Machete - Made in Canada

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé

Style Notes

Every piece of this outfit is a conversation starter. A shop girl once asked me whether my tee was a reference to the Flynt Flossy song (answer: nope!). Every single person I meet asks me where I got my bag (answer: I made it myself). Same thing about my jumpsuit (answer: Shea, the talented owner of the Portland-based brand Open Air Studio, made it!).

I'm usually not a fan of message t-shirts but this one had been on my radar for long enough until I finally decided to order it. I should mention that I am not a mother (unless having raised 2 chickens counts!). I used to be an impulsive shopper but today, items can stay in my online cart for weeks before I click the purchase button.

I love this color combo and will wear this outfit over and over again.

Winter 2018 10×10 Challenge Look Day 3 by Conscious by Chloé


What's your opinion on message tees? Do you have any in your wardrobe? What do they say?

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

Capsule Wardrobe - A Last Taste of Summer

OZMA Jumpsuit and DIY Straw Bag Look by Conscious by Chloé
Photo credits: Octave Zangs

Last Friday, I woke up early, packed my suitcase (I always do this at the last minute) and headed to the airport.

A couple weeks before, I had decided to meet Octave in LA at the end of his road trip and drive back to PDX with him.

I figured it would be a great way to get a last glimpse of the sun before the rain finally set in in the PNW. And after 2 weeks down with a cold, this was more than welcome!

OZMA Jumpsuit and DIY Straw Bag Look by Conscious by Chloé

I was planning on spending the afternoon in Venice after landing at LAX around noon. But, for some reason, I gave the Uber driver the wrong address. I did not notice it right away as it was an Uber Pool so we had 2 people to drop off before my final destination. Also, the conversation between these two was fascinating. They did not know each other, but he mentioned Sundance while on the phone and she started a conversation once he hung up, since she worked in the film industry. LA, film industry, parties, I was in another world! Long story short, he was a rabbi and she was a producer.

I ended up at the Standard in West Hollywood, realized that it would take me an hour to go to Venice to meet Octave, so I decided to make the most of it, have lunch at the hotel and ask Octave to pick me up there. One more occasion to study the Hollywood microcosm with a group of people sharing gossip about a celebrity at the hotel restaurant.

OZMA Jumpsuit and DIY Straw Bag Look by Conscious by Chloé

Then Octave picked me up, we went for a walk in a canyon close by, visited Domaine LA, our favorite wine shop, and waited until after rush hour at a juice bar to head to Long Beach and meet our friends Alyssa and Arnaud at the Aquarium of the Pacific for their Night Dive.

On Saturday, Alyssa and I went shopping in LB where I got the cutest pair of earrings at Anneise. We then met the guys at home and darted to LA to attend the launch of the new Glou Glou Magazine.

OZMA Jumpsuit and DIY Straw Bag Look by Conscious by Chloé

On Sunday, Octave and I had planned to start our journey North to head back home. But we had one last SoCal stop to make: Costa Mesa. We wanted to do a little pilgrimage to our old stomping grounds. We had breakfast at OutPost Kitchen, which had opened right before we left 2 years ago, we visited Day Dream, the new local surf shop, and said hi to Jim, our former neighbor, whom we were not sure would be at the shop on a Sunday (he refurbishes old cars). Sure enough, there he was, watering his plants. He gave us some updates about the new tenants of our old unit and about the other neighbors.

After that, we hit the road and stopped for lunch on the side of the road, where we shot today's look.

OZMA Jumpsuit and DIY Straw Bag Look by Conscious by Chloé


Worn / Romper: OZMA (made in CA), Bag: DIY, Shoes: TOMS (One for One® promise), Sunglasses: similar at Shwood (made in Portland, OR) and Fetch (100% of profits to animal rescue).


Unless provided, the origin of the items showcased in my looks will not be disclosed as I may no longer share the values of the brands from which I purchased them. I highly recommend you to look for an alternative in my shop, look for similar items in second-hand shops or, if you're talented and/or motivated, make your own!