I’ve just been sorting out what my next cosplay will be. I haven’t quite decided on one yet, but I do know that Bombshell Raven is pretty high up on my list.
What I’m REALLY here for today is to talk d.i.y. costuming tips. Recently, I’ve begun to participate in L.A.R.P. (live action role play) events. And one of the first things I knew I needed was a pouch large enough to hold my phone and writing utensils for the event. But I wasn’t about to drop over $20 on a bag for a hobby I wasn’t sure I liked yet. So what did I do?
I hit up my local thrift store. I had gone in there with the intention of finding a cheap faux leather jacket to cut up and turn into a bag. But then I was hit with an even better idea when I got there. Why not look for a purse that has outside pouches?
I tell you what, friends, it was like lightning struck that 2nd avenue shop. I sorted through every single purse they had, and I’d narrowed it down to three at the end of it all. Each of them were a medium brown leather, had at least one outside pocket without zippers (snaps preferred, but I was also looking at one with buttons) After going over all three bags looking for scratches and tears, I chose just one of them. It was a brown faux leather handbag with two equally sized pockets on the front, these pockets had magnetic snaps that were hidden from view, and it was marked at $5.99. I was more than willing to spend six bucks on the equivalent of two belt pouches that would normally cost at least $15 each.
Below is a simple step by step for how I made my pouches.
You will need:
- Purse or Jacket with outside pockets
- Heavy duty thread
- Sewing needle
- Optional: accessories like baubles or charms to decorate with
How I did it:
- Clean the purse, wipe it down with Clorox wipes and make sure there are no tears in the fabric.
- Loosely cut the pockets out from the purse, make sure not to cut close to the seams of the pocket too closely yet.
- Set the rest of the purse aside, you’ll need it for spare fabric in a moment.
- Trim the excess fabric around the pockets down as close as you can. This part took me the longest. I took my time with it, and it paid off.
- Cut out strips of fabric from the purse, the length will be determined by the width of your belt. I cut out a 4 inch long by 1.5 inch wide strip form the bottom of the purse for each of the two pouches.
- Attach the loops to the back of the pouch. Measure and make sure that you’re placing it in the center. You can use a machine for this if you want, I just did it by hand while playing D&D one night. Make sure you use heavy duty thread and tie it off tight.
- Attach any decoration that you may want to.
- Enjoy, you can now carry your stuff during conventions, larp events, and at ren-faires!