DIY Gold Mesh Neck Scarf & Choker // Vintage Purse Hack

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So years ago I bought a set of three vintage Whiting & Davis gold mesh bags on eBay and this was one of them. As a simple square pocket bag, basically, it’s been pretty useless and though I’ve used the other two time and again, this one sits in my closet collecting dust. And when I thought about it for a moment, I thought about those vintage drapey meshy scarf/bandana-like necklaces and decided I could definitely make something similar out of the material on the bag AND refashion it, upcycle it, and maybe -actually use it.

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And so I did, and I’m pretty happy with the result actually. And while I was cutting up the bag, I realized the strap would make a perfect little gold choker, and while you can use any closure, velcro is surely the simplest.

Here’s What You Need…

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* Mesh fabric, or, in my case, a vintage mesh purse
* Sharp, pointed scissors
* Velcro
* Needle and thread
* Frog closure – or your favorite type of closure

Quick Choker Steps…

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1. Cut your purse strap
2. Hold it around your neck to measure it
3. Stick on your velcro. TIP! Even if your velcro is self-adhesive, you may need a few stitches in it to keep it in place.

And… Voila!

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So simple!

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How pretty does it look layered with a black suede ribbon?! Love it!

Mesh Scarf Necklace Steps…

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Cut mesh away from bag as carefully as possible.

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Your bag will look like a pocket.

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Find the corners and cut the sides to meet the corners.

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It should be a long flat mesh rectangle… grab your closure and…

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Fasten it to each end of the rectangle.

NOTE: I LOVE frog closures because they’re pretty and you can stitch them onto anything. You don’t need any jewelry-making skills to use them, but you still have a pretty and finished piece when you do.

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Find the center/bottom of your rectangle and begin cutting one mesh chunk at a time until you’ve created a V

Mine is not a perfect V, but I liked it a little better with rounded edges instead of sharp/pointed ones.

And… Voila!

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Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

1 Comment

  • Shilpa Shetty

    September 19, 2016 | Reply

    I have the similar vintage mesh purse… Same pinch 🙂 Nice DIY

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