- Consider a manufactured handle or strap. Many companies now offer simple- to-attach handles/straps in varied colors and sizes. This also adds a very professional look to your bag. This is true for assorted closures as well.
- Jazz up that lining! Whether it’s just you or the whole world looking in your bag, it’s worth adding a lining that will bring a smile to your face. 🙂 Even the most neutral bag can be fun with a surprisingly colorful and/or whimsical lining inside.
- Experiment with Fabrics. Once you find a pattern you enjoy, don’t be afraid to experiment with various textured fabrics such as faux fur, velvet, wool, suede, chenille, tapestry, or corduroy for winter, and linen, satin, or a laminated fabric for summer.
- Embellish with relish! Some of the most interesting bags are those that have been personalized with touches of jewels, buttons, fringe, or beadwork. It’s often fun AND a challenge to incorporate that special vintage item you’ve found for a truly custom look.