DIY Net Bag

After crushing hard on this vintage net bag spotted by Phil Oh on the streets of NYC, we knew we had to attempt to DIY it. Sprucing up a reusable cotton bag from the grocery store with some hardware and carabiners? Sign us up! In just a few simple steps, we’ll show you how to make our rendition of the net bag – perfect for a stroll in the park.

Supplies List

Start by cutting each of the straps down the middle, creating 4 loose straps. With a marker, mark 2 dots on each strap about 3 inches apart.

Carefully pierce a small hole through each mark with the tip of the scissors. Fold one of the straps through the carabiner, aligning the two holes with each other.

Push the screw post set through both holes and tighten with a screwdriver.

Add another set of screw posts about an inch of the way down for more support. Repeat the steps for the rest of the 3 straps.

Your bag is finished! You can also experiment with dying the bag a different color before assembling.

Attach keys, charms or pom poms to one of the carabiners and you’re all set!

(top image by Phil Oh; rest of images by Honestly…WTF)

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132 Comments

  1. Flora wrote:

    Man, you guys have the best DIYs ever.

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  2. annasouid wrote:

    your bag is much much better !!!!

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  3. Katie wrote:

    So great!! I love it with the little pompoms!

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  4. I actually think your version is a lot cuter than the vintage one that inspired you. I love the little pompoms too. =)

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  5. raheli wrote:

    Yeaaah! This is really lovely. I’m making one this weekend. Thanks for this!

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  6. This is amazing, I love the result!

    xoxo
    http://fashionagony.blogspot.com/

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  7. Ting wrote:

    I love your DIYs. I also like your version better!

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  8. I love it!! Beautiful!!

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  9. Eva wrote:

    Genius! I agree with the above posts too, yours is much better than the original… Love!

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  10. Keira wrote:

    That’s gorgeous. I can’t believe you made that from a grocery bag. You girls rock my world.

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  11. Jessie wrote:

    oh man i am crushing hard on the bag above too. the diy comes out pretty nicely !! i love it.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

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  12. Love the DIY! Never thought a net bag could be so trendy…
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  13. Michelle wrote:

    Brilliant once again!

    x
    Michelle
    http://www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

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  14. Céci wrote:

    good job!
    PS: love the bright orange nail lacquer, can you tell us more? Thanks 🙂

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  15. s wrote:

    i’m not very convince but it’s nice 🙂

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  16. Gotta get these pretty nails to work now…

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  17. Christine wrote:

    This is so cool! Too bad we don’t have a whole foods, so I’m going to try to make my own with macrame and a hammock pattern. Wish my luck!

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  18. Another fabulous DIY. Such a creative idea!

    Fashionable Collections

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  19. chiamay wrote:

    wow!!! it’s really nice!!! love it!!

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  20. MUST TRY!

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  21. this is really cool. too bad i’d just be asking to be robbed if i carried this around town

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  22. january wrote:

    LOVE this. you actually have the best diys ever.
    january, x
    jessicajanuary.com

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  23. january wrote:

    LOVE this. you honestly have the best diy’s ever.

    january, x
    jessicajanuary.com

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  24. that is so awesome. I really want to attempt making a bag like this

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  25. Lara wrote:

    Love it!!!!!! <3

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  26. Nancy wrote:

    Wow – your DIY tutorials are the best! I’ve been so inspired by the fashion and the DIYs I see here.

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  27. Maycie wrote:

    This is absolutely adorable!

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  28. Kristina wrote:

    this is so awesome – I would just be afraid of something squeezing through the mesh openings!

    Kristina
    http://spottedappeal.blogspot.com/

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  29. Emma wrote:

    Gorgeous. I need to make this.

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  30. What a cute diy, definitely want to try to make this!
    Bisous,
    Rachel
    http://lovealamode.wordpress.com

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  31. Kaila wrote:

    LOVE THIS!!!

    PS love your sandals!! Urban Outfitters?

    xo
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  32. um love!!! so clever (once again!) nice work, ladies!

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  33. Disa wrote:

    Holy smoookkeeesss, this is too good. For one your bag looks better, and speaking of crushing, talk about those PANTS. Sign me up!

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  34. What a great idea! Just love, love it!

    xo

    http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

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  35. Alexandra wrote:

    LOVE your DIY!

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  36. oh I love this it’s fantastic! you are the BEST at DIYs.

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  37. geri wrote:

    SO good! love love love!

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  38. monique wrote:

    I so love yours! The other one wouldn’t have even turned my head. LOL! I especially love the look that you’ve created with the skirt and sandals. Gorgeous!

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  39. Your version is so charming and fun-I adore it!

    x

    http://www.airtomyearth.blogspot.com

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  40. Great idea! I love it…

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  41. Florencia wrote:

    Your DYI are the best thing ever! Love all of them. xoxo
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  42. Erin wrote:

    TOTAL INSPIRATION HERE!!! Thanks so much for the idea that bag is amazing!!
    I love your blog 🙂 Follow mine as well our style is very similar!
    http://www.everythingbuttheshoes.blogspot.com

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  43. ascensión wrote:

    Me encanta…Muchas gracias!!!…♥

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  44. Jillian wrote:

    Now this one I might HAVE to make! Gorgeous!

    Thanks for another great DIY xoxo

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  45. V. wrote:

    this is FAB.
    Excellent idea!

    xx
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  46. Natalia wrote:

    love the bag! you could even dye it whatever colors you want!….Im having a giveaway where you can choose from several things!

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  47. Grace wrote:

    I’ve ordered all my stuff to make this, can’t wait to see the results!

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  48. Alex wrote:

    that is actually quite cute.. perfect for a picnic in the park or even for grocery shopping! haha

    http://www.houseofslater.com

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  49. Franzi wrote:

    That is an amazing DIY and I’m so gonna go look for one of those cotton bags to make my own.

    cheers for the brilliant, tutorial as always!

    Franzi
    xx
    http://franzistylenomad.wordpress.com/

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  50. Rene Braun wrote:

    GReat idea! love it!!!

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    Kisses!

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  51. christina wrote:

    This is amazing! xxx
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  52. Cindy wrote:

    Great idea!! Thats cool 😀

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  53. Elke wrote:

    This bag rocks- I went out to get the screw posts & fell in love with the endless possibilities. I couldn’t find the giant caribiners so I played with a piece of leather & ended up with a VERY simple DIY bracelet that’s on my blog today. Thanks for the hardware tip- i’m finding a ton of ways to use the cool screws.

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  54. veronica wrote:

    Such an incredible idea. Instead of doing homework, I am making this. I love it, along with every other DIY you have.

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  55. mello! wrote:

    your version is way better!

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  56. Great! I have featured your DIY in my blog right now! THANKS! GLORIA

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  57. cathy wrote:

    I
    thought the bracelet is cool and easy to make also.i love fiddling with my hands and doing something like

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  58. Kooki wrote:

    Absolutely luv it , I’m so wining this year in talent show !!!!
    Thank y for showing this

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  59. addie wrote:

    i loooooovvve this idea! i like the one uptop better though cuz its smaller and managable! i think the pom poms on it look really fashionable! (they would be even cuter if dyed the bag cobalt blue)…..give a “oh hi ya i just got back from the beaches costa rica!” vibe! 🙂

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  60. Jan Ang wrote:

    I’m having a hard time finding the cotton net bag here in Singapore. Can you please help me find the net bag, I really want to give this as a present to my friends. Many thanks 🙂

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  61. Jules wrote:

    Did you paint the carabiners in the photo? If so, what paint did you use?

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  62. Catherine Yarmosh wrote:

    Sooo cute! Can’t wait to make one myself

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  63. Li ChunBo wrote:

    The coordinated grommets really stand out with the handle. Nice design.

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  64. Sarah Peach wrote:

    OMG I LOVE THIS SOOOOO MUCH!!

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  65. Dane wrote:

    j’ adore une idée originale c’ est judicieux bravo et merci

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  66. Macrame wrote:

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  67. I’m not sure why but this web site is loading very slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end?

    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

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  68. We just love all hand made bags. Unique style for us. Pure boho chic style!
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  69. it’s really nice! I’ll make one myself.

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  70. Carole wrote:

    OMG you are seriously good. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  71. Eric Bakula-Davis wrote:

    Hi Erica,

    I’m the web designer for bags4you.com. I recently rebuilt the site so that the link you have in the Supplies LIst doesn’t work. The new link is https://www.bags4you.com/shop/ for the shop or https://www.bags4you.com/shop/eurosac/ for the bag in the tutorial. Cheers.

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  72. Eric wrote:

    I created a redirect so that the link works now. However, I think it would “better” if your link pointed directly to the correct page ( https://www.bags4you.com/shop/ ). Cheers.

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  73. Wow, I should make this for my girlfriend. Maybe she will save her a few $$ compare to the bags she buys!

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  74. wow, I really liked it, it looks very elegant, thanks

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  75. James wrote:

    I’ve just made one 🙂 Thanks for the great topic

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  76. Great DIY, this is amazing what we can create. I love this bags!

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