Ita Bag How To – How I Built My Bags and You Can To!

If you’ve been to a convention ever, you’re very likely to have bumped into at least one person toting around an ita bag. Everyones bag looks different; some people like them to look nice and neat (me me me!) and some people just want to smash as much as they can inside, and that’s okay too! Part of the fun of ita bags is finding out how you want to decorate and design yours.

If you’ve made your way here and are wondering “what is an ita bag?”, an ita bag is a bag with a window which allows you to display pins and other things through the window. They’re an awesome way to make a collection wearable or make your bags much more your own! Ita bags can range from really cheap and to more pricey, but if you have an interest, you can make it into an ita bag!

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So.. Where can I buy an Ita Bag?

Everywhere. I see them everywhere, all the time.

I digress. The best place to purchase ita bags is online! I usually pick mine up on amazon just because I find it to be the easiest and who doesn’t love the prime shipping options. !

If you’re headed to a convention here soon, it’s pretty likely that there may also be vendors who sell just ita bags. They really are on the rise in popularity, so be sure to keep an eye out for some really unique ones! Plus, if you want a specific color or design that you weren’t seeing online, this might be one of the best chances that you might find exactly what you are looking for.

Take your time to find the perfect bag for you! I like mine to either be crossbody or a backpack and it seems like I spent forever picking mine out because I wanted something that was pastel and perfect for me. Then, I have another bag that I needed to match a cosplay I wore back in the spring at Ohayocon.

So here are my favorite ita bags..

All of that bags that I own (and loved) were purchased on Amazon! It’s really hard to beat two day shipping, and plus, those returns are free if the item is on prime if you don’t end up loving it as much as you thought you would (definitely happens.).

The first ever ita bag that I bought was for my Evangelion cosplay of Asuka! If you know me, you know that the series is so near and dear to me, so I needed a bag to carry my things that also went perfectly with my cosplay!

She doesn’t really carry any bags in the series other than school bags, so I needed to dream up a way to make my bag unique and perfect to go with my cosplay.

I needed something cute but also something that I could deck out with my Eva goodies. There isn’s as much merch for Asuka and Unit 02, so I decided that a black bag might work best, much better than a red bag. So the search began. And it seems like it took me ages to decide and pick the bag that would be perfect for me!

I chose this ita bag from Steamedbun, which is available on Amazon. It has plenty of room for me to tote my things at a con (my con bag packing list is coming soon!) and has held up to the abuse that I put my bags through.

Steamedbun is probably my favorite ita bag brand and I’ve consistently had good luck with their bags and the quality. They have toooons of options when it comes to shopping on amazon, so take a look!

I also am in love with my ita bag that I carry daily! I am usually wearing something pink or pastel, so this bag tends to go well with it all.

My pink ita bag can also be purchased on amazon! Again, this one is from Steamedbun.

While this one doesn’t have nearly as much space, it really is a great little everyday bag for my keys, wallet, and my phone. Plus, it’s an awesome way to display my favorite pins from Kittynaut and Glitteracy.

So, that brings us to the next important topic: how do you dress up your ita bag to be absolutely perfect? I have a ton of little tips and tricks so that your first bag is everything that you’ve ever wanted.

Ita Bag 101 – The Decor

Here is where your imagination can run completely wild! Ita bags are meant to be a way for you to express yourself. Display your favorite pins, tiny plush, and more! Really, the opportunities are endless here.

When you purchase an ita bag, it usually will come with a small insert that you can stick all of your little trinkets on. While you might be tempted to jump in and start pinning away, take a moment to think it through. Many inserts won’t look very nice with tons of holes punched in them from incessant pinning, so take your time to design the perfect layout.

One of my best suggestions that I can make for someone starting on their first ita bag is to NOT stick their pins through the provided insert. Take a little trip to the craft store and grab a few pieces of felt in some cute colors, and tada! Some new inserts for your ita bag and for very cheap. Felt can recover from the stabs from pins and it makes it easy to have several inserts ready at all times, so you can switch the pins and decor out when you want something new, but don’t want to totally redesign the bag.

Don’t limit yourself to just sticking pins in your bag either! You can stick pretty much anything you like in the pocket for the insert, and you can stabilize things a little better with some adhesive velcro, if you like all your things to stay put in a specific spot. I’ve done this before and the velcro usually comes off pretty easily.

That being said, you don’t need to just decorate within the window of your ita bag! I like to decorate with keychains on the outside, especially on the zipper pulls! My everyday bag has three keychains and my Evangelion bag has one big poofy keychain. You really can personalize any portion of it, seriously.

Do you like ita bags, or carry one yourself? Whats your best tips for making your ita bag just right? Let me know down in the comments below!

Enamel Pins Galore – My Collection

If theres one thing that I buy way too much of, its definitely enamel pins. They come in just about any design you could possibly want, and another plus.. many have glitter paints and designs to make them especially cute. Over the last year or so it seems that I’ve built up a tiny collection, and I felt like it was time to share! This excludes my Walt Disney World trading pins (those deserve their own post!) but many of these came from local markets or conventions that I attend. Plus, they’re great little pieces that help to support local designers and small shops.

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How To Wear Enamel Pins

This is where the fun really begins! There are tons of fun ways to either display or wear your pins, so you can share the happiness with everyone! Personally, I keep mine on display in my apartment, but here are a ton of fun ways to display or wear your pins!

  • Wear them on a lanyard (use these locking backs to keep them safe!)
  • Wear them on your shirt collar
  • Wear them on a cardigan to add extra color
  • Pin them to a hat or scarf
  • Pin them to your backpack (again, locking backs please!)
  • Display them on a banner

My Enamel Pin Collection

Enamel Pin
a little palmful of happiness

I tend to gravitate towards pastel, cutesy kinds of pins (you’ll see that shortly) which makes them all sort of blend together in a nice aesthetic heap.

Kittynaut Enamel Pins

Cute ghibli goodness

My all time favorite spot to get pins is from Kittynaut’s Etsy shop. I’m lucky that they are frequently at cons in my area (hooray!) so I tend to pick up a few pins every time that I see them. They are some of the sweetest people and always put a smile on my face when I see them at conventions.

The above pins are:

Enamel Pin
Cute kawaii medical pins!

I am loving the all of their kawaii medical line too! These are actually the pins that kick started my little obsession!

The above pins are:

Glitteracy Enamel Pins

Enamel Pin
Pastel Cuteness

I get all my Glitteracy pins from a local market, the Cleveland Flea! They sell a huge assortment of cute prints, pins and more! I love stopping by and seeing what new things they have going on.

Above pins are:

Mimosa Studio Art Enamel Pin

Enamel Pins
Cute pastel sharks and bunnies, what else could you ask for?

Mimosa Studio Art is a new favorite of mine, I saw them at my last con and they have some of the CUTEST pastel pins I’ve ever seen. Their designs are super original and cute and I can’t wait to wear my little shark pins.

Above pins:

Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes Enamel Pins

Enamel Pins
Cute, pastel, and sassy. Pretty much me.

A local shop that I love sells these pins made by Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes! They make some of the snarkiest and cutest pins out there, with tons of kick butt sayings and cute colors and glitter! I love anything with snark, and these are about as perfect as they come.

Above pins:

Do you have any enamel pins? What are your favorites? I’m always looking for cute new additions!