For those times when I've gone out with a cute small bag, only to have needed to make a purchase and ended up jamming something that doesn't fit into my too-small bag, or carrying an ugly plastic bag emblazoned with the name of a multinational conglomerate, I made this explandable bag.
When compacted, it's a small, cute rouched felt tote bag with long contrasting handles and stitching. When expanded, it's a big tote bag to carry lots of stuff. To convert from long to short, pull the handles and hook. To convert from short to long, release the hooks and extend.
And it's super-easy to make, even with my limited sewing skills. Here's how.
Step 1: Materials
Grosgrain (or other) ribbon, or other material appropriate for straps
Hook and eye closures (or other closure, such as snaps, buttons, etc.)
Small fabric scissors
Fabic marking pencil