April 27, 2014

Rhino Crossbody Bag : Anthro Knock-Off Week Day 1

Anthropologie Knock-off Rhino Crossbody Bag


I hope you all are ready for this... Anthro Knock-off Week has officially begun! As I explained in the announcement a few weeks ago, I've joined four other bloggers to bring you 30 anthropologie knock-off tutorials in just seven days. Crazy right?! At the end of this post you can find photo links to today's other four projects as well as a link to our Pinterest board. To make things even more exciting, we'll be having a themed link party on Saturday! Stay tuned for new daily posts, and be sure to check out our other lovely bloggers.

I don't know about you, but this rhino bag makes me want to go on safari. What's even more exciting is how simple the tutorial is. Happy Crafting!

Anthropologie Knock-off Rhino Crossbody Bag


You need:

  • Purse – I used this blue purse from Forever 21. It needs to have either a plain flap or a plain front panel without any embellishments. Clasps should be towards the bottom (like mine) or top, not in the middle. Alternatively, you can use a zip-up purse or a purse without any closures at all.
  • Leather – My leather pieces came from a scraps package that I originally used for the Leather Coasters. It can be any color, texture, or thickness. Ideally you’ll use one large piece, but you can use several medium to small size pieces – it’ll just take a little more work to get them sized right so they line up without over lapping.
  • Exacto Knife/Razor blade + Scissors.
  • Glue – I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.  
  • Craft tape – it can be clear or blue painter’s tape, but try to avoid packing tape.
  • Sharpie + Pencil.
  • Paper.
  • Bobby Pin.


Step One

Begin by drawing your pattern on a sheet of paper. I just zoomed in on the Anthro photo and then traced it. It can be any size you’d like, but the gaps in between each cutout shouldn’t be smaller than ¼ of an inch. When they get to that size, it becomes hard to cut and remove the sections without stretching out the leather.



Step Two

After planning out the placement of the rhino, cover that area of the purse in tape. Then, trace your design onto the tape with the permanent marker. The tape will protect your purse from stray marker lines, etc. If you make a mistake, it wont be as big of a deal as if you were drawing directly on the purse. to keep spacing relatively even, I first traced the outside edges while all the pieces were still attached to one another, and then cut them apart to fill in the gaps. 




  
Step Three

Next, use your exacto knife to cut out each shape, being sure to cut deeply enough to remove the piece without going through the other side. Most faux leather is made of two layers, and you'll need to remove both.  So on the backside (inside of purse/flap) there’s fabric, then a piece of cardboard, and then a layer of faux leather, which is usually two in one. My faux leather wanted to split in half, so I removed the top piece, and then cut deeper to remove the second. You can see the second layer I'm referring to in the photo below. When you've cut all the way through, you should see cardboard or, if your purse doesn’t have any (which is highly unlikely), the fabric that’s on the backside. If the newly cut edges are plain white, you may want to color or paint them to blend in with the new leather you’ve selected. I used a yellow sharpie.



Step Four

Next, you can slide your sheet of leather into place by going under the edges of each cutout. I used the biggest middle section as my entry point, and used a bobby pin to slide the leather into all of the corners until it laid flat and each hole was filled. It can be glued into place with fabric glue. I put glue in-between the new leather and the cardboard, and in-between the new leather and the original faux leather. Be careful not to apply too much, as the glue tends to squish out, and you don’t want it to by visible. I placed my purse under weight so it would dry flat.



That’s it! I cleaned up my edges a bit with the exacto knife so that they were cleaner.

DIY Anthropologie Rhino purse

Anthropologie Rhino purse Knock-off


This post is part of Anthropologie Knock-off Week! I've joined up with four other bloggers to bring you 30 fun Anthro themed tutorials. To see what our other bloggers have shared today, take a look at the photos below. Happy crafting! 


Anthropologie Knock-off Week - 5 Blogs, 7 Days, 30 Posts



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41 comments:

  1. Sorry ... commented with the wrong google account a second ago! Love this project! It turned out AWESOME! Just like the MUCH more expensive Anthro version!

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    1. haha that's okay Katie. Thank you! I'm really happy with it :)

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  2. Wow! This is really impressive. I totally agree with Katie that it looks WAY more expensive than the Anthro version. Genius!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! It's definitely my new favorite purse.

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  3. This is amazing! One of the coolest projects I've ever seen. Love it so much!

    xo
    Daniela
    Put A Bird On It

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    1. Oh man thanks! I love your blog, so the compliment is extra special. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Brittany,
    This is SO amazing! I absolutely love it! Fabulous :) I like yours way more that Anthro's!

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    1. Dude, have you seen what you posted today? Amaze-balls. Definitely the best of the bunch. hehe thanks Angela! I'm so glad we teamed up together.

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  5. Seriously I am in love with this!! It is AMAZING!! You did such a good job, I would have never thought to try and make that project. You really went out of the box, awesome job!

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    1. Aw thanks Sonnet :) The process was a little hard to figure out at first, but I hope I made the tutorial easy to follow. :)

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  6. This is genius & amazing! I can't believe how easy it really is to make! Awesome job & thanks for sharing this at Link'n Blogs Link Party.

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    1. Thanks Katelyn! Honestly, I couldn't believe how easy it was either! Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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  7. This was really really clever! Thanks as always for sharing at link it or lump it!

    Amy @ http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com

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    1. Thanks for hosting a fabulous party Amy!

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    2. Congrats! I am featuring your amazing bag on our Link party today. ALSO you had the most views at our party!! Be sure to stop over and grab a feature button. http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2014/05/link-it-or-lump-it-party-36.html

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    3. Oh wow, thanks so much for letting me know! That's super exciting. :)

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  8. Wow I'm always amazed at what people come up with. I would have NEVER thought of this but I love it! Super cute! I'm picking you as my feature for the Link'n Blog linky party this week.
    www.stripesandpolkadotsblog.com

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    1. Oh no way! Thank you Hanna! That's super exciting.

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  9. You've been featured at Link'n Blogs link party! Way to go! Stop by to see your feature and link up again. :)
    http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com/2014/04/linkn-blogs-23.html

    xo
    Daniela
    Put A Bird On It

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! I'll be sure to go take a look. :)

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  10. Wow, you did an awesome job!! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings! www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  11. Found you via Made in a Day! Lovely blog:) I <3 your knock-offs! Pinning

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to visit me here, and thanks for sharing on Pinterst!

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  12. That's quite possibly the cutest rhino I've ever seen. Love the bag, love the gold details.

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    1. I thought so too! The minute I saw Anthro's version, I just knew I had to try it.

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  13. I love this kind of project, when I see the picture and can't wait to click through to see how you did it! I have some faux leather left over from another project and was thinking of trying to make a bag, this sort of cut out embellishment would be great if I can pull it off! Thanks for the lovely idea.

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    1. I'm so flattered - I love hearing that readers enjoyed my posts. Good luck! I'd love to see how your version turns out.

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  14. I LOVE this knockoff! this is so fabulous, in fact this whole series has been soooo inspiring! Pinned :)

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    1. Oh awesome, I happy to hear that you've been inspired :)

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  15. This is amazing!!! I love it! There are so many options with other geometric animal shapes - wonderful project!

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    1. Brynne I've already been thinking about a follow-up project with other designs - I just love the way it looks. :) Thanks for stopping in!

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  16. You did such a good job! I love your tutorial too--I would have no clue how to do this before you shared this. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I've pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board

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    1. Thanks Tammy! And thanks for sharing on Pinterest :) I always look forward to the Bloggers Brag Party.

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing project at Project Inspire{d}! You are featured this week.

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    1. Oh awesome, thanks so much for letting me know! I'll be sure to keep an eye out for the post.

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