Cherries + straw = two of my favorite summer motifs. After stumbling upon a lot of adorable cherry appliqués, I knew I had to utilize them in some way or another. And with an overabundance of straw bags in my closet, I had plenty of mediums to choose from. Basically, this combination was a no brainer. I'm currently obsessing over traditional Portuguese reed bags, which are each woven on a hand loom by artisanal basket weavers and extremely, extremely durable. I love the wicker handles and the fact that there isn't a closure to the bag - because in the summer, it's all about easy access, right? The colorful ones are super chic but for this particular project, we'll be adorning a plain version with some fun and cheeky fruit salad flair!
Start by choosing an assortment of appliqués you want to use for your bag. I like to arrange the appliqués on the bag before glueing them down.
Squeeze a big dollop of glue onto a small piece of paper. I like to use little square piece of wax paper so that the glue stays tacky and doesn't seep through to your working surface. Use the tip of a toothpick to apply glue to the back of the appliqué. It's okay to go a little heavy on the glue here. I recommend applying about 4-5 large dots of glue, covering as many sections as you can.
Carefully place the appliqué onto the bag. Press and hold for a few seconds. Apply the rest of the appliqués on one side of the bag and allow to dry for at least 2-3 hours before working on the other side.
Here is the same bag with a multitude of fruits and vegetable appliqués!
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